Posts from June 2010

Maintenance Training Equals Plant Safety

June 21, 2010

We don’t always react the right way or the way we’re expected to in life. But in a plant setting reacting without thinking can be a dangerous thing. For instance, when a machine begins to perform erratically, the operator might become frustrated and reach in to remove the obstructing material. But, this reaction may cause the operator to physically injury himself. By not adequately training your maintenance employees and technicians you’re only...

Mechanical Training

June 17, 2010

Since the industrial revolution, our society has becomes more and more dependent upon the use of machinery to power and operate our plants and factories. Today, there is an even greater dependency upon those individuals that are skilled at keeping those machines running smoothly. It’s the mechanics, hydraulics technicians, electricians, and operators who are the unsung heroes that keep everything from the power plant machines to electrical systems running smoothly. What would...

What’s Determines Your Maintenance Strategy?

June 14, 2010

When you become sick and have to visit the doctor, the first thing he or she wants to know is what your symptoms are. It’s necessary for a doctor to know this so they can make an accurate diagnosis. In predictive maintenance, equipment operators do the same thing except they have a more hands on approach. They observe and note the indicators that may signal that there might be a problem. From...

How to Identify your Industrial Training Needs

June 10, 2010

You know when to walk your dog, change your eye contact solution and take your car to the mechanic. These things come naturally to us………… or the directions tell us when it’s time. But do you know when your employees need training? You can identify whether an industrial training program is need by asking yourself: • How well are we doing? • How productive are our employees? • If there is already...

What’s the Cost of Doing Nothing?

June 7, 2010

Many people fear change, but sometimes the cost of maintaining the status quo is too high. Often, we would rather do nothing than upset the balance. It’s even become a default solution. But in a manufacturing plant, doing nothing can be detrimental to both the equipment and the facility as a whole. Yet in many plants, you can often see the cost of doing nothing many times throughout the day. For instance,...

Visual Aids in Training

June 3, 2010

Humans are visual creatures. Most people prefer to see a picture than have to read the story, that’s why for years Google and Yahoo! have included images in search results of a search. With that said, you can see why visual aids are an important tool in teaching people in any field, even those in manufacturing environments, about a specific topic. ITC Learning has incorporated this teaching principle into its online, CD-ROM,...

What Makes a Quality Boiler Control Maintenance Training Program?

June 1, 2010

Most people wouldn’t mind substituting their Mazda for a BMW or a studio apartment for a house, but there are some things you wouldn’t want a substitute for. We all know there is no substitute for an effective training program, especially a manufacturing training program that offers interactive and accessible courses developed and taught by experienced instructors. For instance, if your program is about boiler control then the course will emphasize all...