Posts from August 2010

Mechanical Training for Centrifugal Pumps

August 30, 2010

Centrifugal pumps are used to transport a wide variety of materials including water, oil, bleach, acid, and more. When a pump grinds to a halt because of a blockage or other problem, this can disrupt the entire system. Centrifugal pumps not only fail when they get older, but also after years of service. They need to be maintained regularly in order to reduce erosion, corrosion, overheating due to low flow, leakage, and...

Maintenance for Instrument Calibration

August 25, 2010

Printing companies frequently calibrate their printing equipment to ensure that the items they print such as brochures, catalogs, and other materials all have the same quality. Any deviation from the preset standard point will lead to a low quality product or machine failure. In an industrial plant, equipment calibration is also a critical part of the manufacturing process because if the measurements are off then your company will have wasted its time...

Mechanical Training– Bearings

August 23, 2010

Bearings are used in a wide variety of manufacturing plants, and when bearings fail they can cause the machinery to break down or the entire plant to grind to a halt. Most failed bearings have a story to tell. It can help mechanics to identify the cause of the problem, maintenance issues, bearing selection errors, and other important issues. For instance, since a paper pulp processing plant will probably use bearings everyday...

Industrial Lubrication Training

August 18, 2010

In an industrial plant it’s important to maintain proper lubrication. Since most large equipment is oil lubricated, knowing the right type of oil to use is a critical part of keeping your machinery in good working condition. Plus, it’s important that your mechanics, oilers, and other employees know the best type of lubricant to select. Not only that, but they should know how to properly store and handle the lubricant during delivery,...

When Accidents Happen

August 16, 2010

After 87 days the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has finally been plugged. This unfortunate accident is the biggest example of what happens when equipment such as valves and other instruments are not maintained properly. It’s possible that if the companies involved had a worst case scenario plan for their employees to implement, the disaster would not have been so catastrophic. But industrial companies can take note and use this disaster as...

Industrial Troubleshooting 101

August 12, 2010

Knowing how to devise a solution to a problem and implement it is a skill that is much valued, especially by industrial organizations. Because equipment malfunctions for a variety of reasons skilled mechanics and maintenance personnel who know how to troubleshoot problems will always be in high demand. When mechanical seals and other parts wear out, wires overheat, and centrifugal pumps start to operate erratically, a mechanic will be needed to repair...