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2015 Partners In Training – One full day of workshops

Partners in Training will be in London, Ont. on October 20. Register today to secure your space at this year’s educational forums. Sessions will inlcude:

Failure Mode Driven Ultrasonic Programs by Sean Miller
Are your assets talking to you?  Are you listening? Your assets have various failure modes however, are you applying the right technology to those failure modes? Can one technology do it all?  Unfortunately no however, knowing your asset failure modes can determine how and where to apply the right PdM/ CbM technology. In this fun and interactive workshop  we will discuss what failure modes Ultrasound can be applied to in your facility, particularly in rotating equipment, electrical assets and various other mechanical assets.  There will be various case studies to demonstrate how ultrasound has increased the mean time between failure in several plants, resulting in quick payback due to cost reduction and avoidance.

Oil & Lubrication Workshop by Mike Decker
Improper lubrication accounts for 53% of all bearing failures, a major cause of equipment downtime and significant unnecessary maintenance costs.  The FLO Components Ltd. “Lube Basics” workshop will give you the tips and knowledge to help you avoid these failures.  Lectures and demonstrations are used to teach the principles of lubrication and equip your personnel for dealing with various lubrication issues in your demanding work conditions.  Your payoff will be immediate and permanent when your maintenance people or plant supervisors apply what they learn:

  •     Basic principles of friction/wear, lubes and lube types
  •     Grease properties/compatibility/applications
  •     Introduction to manual lube (fittings, calibrate grease guns)
  •     Lubricant storage/handling/transfer procedures
  •     Reasons for an Automatic Lube System
  •     Automatic Lube System terminology and component identification/explanation
  •     General System layout and operating parameters

Machinery Diagnostics Through Vibration Analysis by Jason Valentini
Uptime is of course on everyone’s mind, in this day and age. However, more and more, mill managers, maintenance managers and reliability engineers are faced with cut backs, losing their experts to retirement, and more more difficulties to make sure their machines are up and running but also reliable.
The key is of course having more eyes and ears on the floor taking care and monitoring the equipment. The online condition monitoring is a known solution, but the financial implications of that solution does not allow people to monitor everything. We all know, that the smaller pieces of equipment are sometimes as crucial to your running process as some of your bigger and more ‘’important equipment’’. The millwrights, the guys that are there, day in and day out, watching and listening to your equipment, what if they had the tools to also do diagnostic on all your machines, from the simple click of a button ?
This new way of seeing machinery diagnostic, allowing mechanics and maintenance technicians to check the health of any rotating machine, as needed, in a matter of minutes; it empowers the mechanics to know their machines better, and thus promising you more uptime. Reliability is everyone’s responsibility and you will accurately detect and prevent machine failures before they happen.

Metallurgical Failure Analysis by Shane Turcott
Diagnosing the precise cause of a failure is critical for developing cost-effective solutions that prevent repeat failures.  Metallurgical failure analysis is a useful tool for supporting maintenance and reliability efforts by providing details of equipment failures that would not otherwise be available.  Failure analysis incorporates laboratory equipment to determine why a component failed and provides details that help lead to making informed reliability decisions.  This workshop will introduce the tools and concepts applied during lab-based failure analysis.  Case studies will include hands-on review of visual indicators for several damage modes, followed by discussion of the additional information that can be obtained from lab-based analysis.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of visual fracture recognition, failure analysis and the role it plays in supporting reliability.

Partners In Training sessions bring together asset performance management, and maintenance and reliability specialists who share best practices that help improve, innovate and achieve excellence.

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