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December 22, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. V No. 24



CONTENTS
Misguided Maintenance

Electrical Troubleshooting Quiz

Make Procedures Helpful, Part 1

NEC in the Facility

Safety



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    Maintenance
    Misguided Maintenance
    Over time, maintenance programs may become seriously "out of calibration" and consequently waste precious maintenance dollars. For example, some preventive maintenance (PM) procedures get "simplified" via dropping steps while others become bloated from "step creep." If the original reason for those dropped steps still exists, the PM is now inadequate. New steps and text of a bloated PM may have seemed helpful when added, but the overall effect is a PM that gets in its own way.

    Take the following for example: A department manager complains about Line B reliability. To keep the peace, someone increases the PM frequency. However, if the cause is outside what the PM addresses (and it probably is), the increased frequency consumes resources and raises risk of human-caused failure while not fixing the problem about which the department manager complained.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web site.


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    Repair
    Electrical Troubleshooting Quiz
    One of the production machines cuts, bends, and stamps steel. A 50-hp motor is at the heart of this machine. Not long ago, product quality problems were traced back to motor vibration. Tightening the mounting bolts didn't stop the vibration, so the motor was replaced. Within a few days, however, the new one started vibrating as well.

    With only this information to go on, can you determine what steps you should take to troubleshoot this motor vibration problem?

    Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.


    Make Procedures Helpful, Part 1
    If isolated from the realities of the field, repair procedures become useless exercises in bureaucracy rather than tools for making faster, better repairs. Grade the performance of your repair procedures by observing whether people even use them. Then observe how they use them. If the repair techs treat the procedures as tools for doing the job right, you probably have good procedures. If not, your procedures need overhauling.

    One thing that frustrates procedure users is being forced to flip pages back and forth. The primary benefit of a repair procedure is it helps a person do the right steps in the right order. If the procedure doesn’t flow in a linear fashion, that doesn’t happen.


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    Operation
    NEC in the Facility
    You can learn of Code violations in all kinds of ways, not just through formal inspections. For example, a contractor's rep tells you about a Code violation that one of the firm's electricians ran across incidentally while working at your facility.

    Such impromptu inspections give you a chance to fix things before your insurance company discovers them and issues the typically ill-timed conformance notice. They also give you a chance to fix Code violations before they turn into reportable events, such as a fatal fire. Encourage such inspections by taking them seriously.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web site.


    Safety
    Hearing loss isn't inevitable. Many people maintain sharp hearing well into old age. Yet, other people exhibit profound hearing loss while barely into middle age.

    Profound hearing loss isn't a natural consequence of aging. It is, however, a natural consequence of not wearing PPE when circumstances dictate. That doesn't mean just on the job. Using a lawnmower or leaf blower without hearing protection causes hearing damage, and it can be permanent.

    If you must raise your voice to carry on a conversation, you need hearing protection. This is true even if there isn’t a "Hearing Protection Required" sign anywhere in the area. Your ears don't become magically immune to damage just because there's no sign posted. Nor does the ear-damaging noise give you a free pass simply because you're off the clock or just passing through. Once the damage happens, it's permanent.


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