Precision Maintenance Training


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Essential Craft Skills Field Prep (ECS FP)

What can you expect to learn?
This preparatory course is designed to be primarily taught to craft technical apprentices and/or new hires. Those working with and having responsibility for asset reliability will find the class valuable to assist in skills application efforts. The principles taught provide a foundation for apprentices that will be used throughout their technical career. Application for these learned principles and hands on techniques increase field skill levels, build personal confidence and develop pride in applied work.
This hands-on skills course begins with an understanding for reliability principles, machinery failure patterns and effective communication principles. This session teaches and applies fundamental field techniques such as: shop mathematics, the correct use of precision measurement tools, proper application and adjustment of threaded fasteners. Participants review how motors, pumps, fans, gearboxes, and power transmission products function and fail. Attendees are introduced to various common machine components including: bearings, seals, gaskets and lubricants. A short introduction to pneumatic and hydraulic fluid power systems is provided. A continued utilization of these core and fundamental practices will greatly enhance the probability of assets attaining their correct manufacturing life cycles. Finally, attendees who receive this practical field skills knowledge increase their effectiveness in the application of craft knowledge.

5 days of formal training for 15 participants.  Recommended class make-up is 10 crafts personnel and 5 from the other mentioned roles

Essential Craft Skills (ECS 1)
What can you expect to learn?
Although all craft technicians have a set of basic skills, all too often we have found that they have forgotten, never used, or were not taught correct “precision” principles and techniques.  Maintenance has typically been viewed from a “remove and replace” or “get it going” perspective and rarely includes; long term, lowest cost, highest manufacturing reliability, profitability perspectives and/or “repair and improve”.
The course covers essential mechanical skills information, correct procedures, hand-on application with performance measured review and practice. Participants will be ready to apply and demonstrate; exact shaft/housing measurements, common assembly error reductions, typical case/pipe strain distortion corrections and precisely perform accurate machinery alignment. Attendees will be prepared to approach and retain improved asset balance quality and provide a “performance” field documentation that states as found as left conditions with the use of static and dynamic measurement tools to extend asset reliability. This initial module develops techniques and corrections for “common” machinery errors that may constitute as much as 70% of facility failures.

Craft Personnel are expected to have a set of basic skills or ECS Field Prep.
5 days of formal training for 15 participants.  Recommended class make-up is 10 crafts personnel and 5 from the other mentioned roles

Essential Craft Skills (ECS 2)

What can you expect to learn?
Building on the lessons learned in ECS 1, ECS 2 provides participants with an analytical, application based approach for maintenance activities.  This seminar focuses on the complete spectrum of reducing component failures; (finding, recognizing, removal and prevention) that are responsible for limiting operational reliability and profitability in the manufacturing environment.  This session allows participants to discover that significant equipment failure may have nothing to do with a precise alignment or balance and then provides them the hands-on field techniques to alter and reduce these types of failures.
This session focuses on specific issues that surround the practices and components that commonly fail, i.e. bearings, lubrication, power transmission and sealing systems.  The class includes learning the proper manner to disassemble failed machines to effectively and efficiently document failure symptoms and then use those symptoms to assist in determining the failure root causes.  Fit charts in-class interpretation exercise identify bearing failure resources with a working practical knowledge of; application, identification, removal and installation techniques.  Focus continues on the application of proven lubrication best practice skills including; selection, properties, types, housing, delivery systems.  Session correction emphasis is then placed on the smaller “balance of plant” machines that represent the majority of the total facility asset base.  The power transmission section introduces correct selection, installation, inspection and lubrication of common couplings.  We finish with an introduction to various shaft sealing systems to better recognize and field correct typical failure modes.  Key elements of this seminar include immediately applicable knowledge, with “hands-on, performance based dynamic” class exercises.  Classroom system “performance” measurements provide technicians immediate feedback on application results and the value of applied techniques.  These hands-on-exercises comprise approximately 50% of the class.

Craft personnel are expected to have previously successfully attended and field applied techniques taught and discussed in Essential Craft Skills 1.
The session is five full days for up to 15 participants

Essential Fluid Power Skills 1

What can you expect to learn?
The essential premise of any hydraulic system is: force applied at one point, is equally transmitted to another, using an incompressible fluid.  Most fluid power problems are the result of: poor installation practices, a “replacement” approach to troubleshooting, an improper adjustments of fluid controls.  These strategies are found to be ineffective in improving asset reliability, consume un-needed time/resources and reduce manufacturing quality/throughput.
Class participants will have a thorough understanding of practical fluid power operation principles, common failure modes for fluid and pneumatic assets with field tested techniques to prevent failure. Attendees will be ready to apply and demonstrate the identification problems including the effects of poor fluid conditioning, pump and actuator assembly errors, cavitation and aeration, incorrect control adjustments, excessive temperature, fluid conductor leaks, and provide a “performance” report that states as found and as left condition with the use of dynamic measurement tools to extend asset reliability. In-class hand-on activities provide proper techniques to place equipment in a more reliable and precise state, Attendees will be introduced to a logical troubleshooting approach by understanding symbols, schematics and correctly interpret machinery operating data. Class focus is not on fixing or replacing but in preventing fluid power issues from happening in the first place.

It is highly recommended that Craft personnel have previously successfully attended and field applied techniques discovered in Essential Craft Skills 1 & 2
5 days of formal training for 15 participants.  Recommended class make-up is 10 crafts personnel and 5 from the other mentioned roles.

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Essential Pumping System Skills

What can you expect to learn?
Manufacturing reliability, production quality/quantity and maintenance cost are greatly affected by centrifugal pump performance.  Today’s “remove and replace” mentality has left little room for correct identification and elimination of design, process, and maintenance errors.  This class focuses on error detection and prevention with best-in-class techniques to improve “Reliable Manufacturing®”.

This class uses a dynamic process approach to recognize and significantly reduce common pump and sealing problems/failures.  This allows attendees to recognize, explain and describe; different pump types with operational differences for correct utilization.  Attendees determine and demonstrate hands on performance activities, best efficiency point (BEP) with considerations for; specific gravity, pressure, head determination, flow and flow restrictions.  Participants understand and describe operational issues and component damage caused by vaporization, air entrainment, turbulent flow, recirculation, vane pass, double pumping, piping configuration, impeller system modifications, common maintenance impeller system modifications, common maintenance practice errors and their effects/influence on pump performance and reliability.  The class discusses and proves how to measure, determine, demonstrate and correct the effects of; system errors, incorrect valves, fittings/piping within a dynamic system.  Various packing types, arrangements, calculations, ring number, length and cuts are covered.  Students install, correctly tension, and dynamically measure packing/seal application results.  Classroom hands-on exercises comprise approximately 50% of the class.

Participants are encouraged to have completed “Essential Craft Skills, Machinery Assembly and Installation” and have a mechanical craft background.
5 days of formal training for 15 participants.  Recommended class make-up is 10 crafts personnel and 5 from the other mentioned role.

Essential Leadership Principles

What can you expect to learn?
Site leaders will find this class loaded with field applicable practical tips, vital information to begin documentation and reassess sustainability within Reliable Manufacturing®. 

This session is an opportunity to accelerate “reliability” work. We begin each subject with a look at what the “best–in-class” performers do today, how they view and cause work to move forward, measurement tactics that provide a “scorecard” review of success and just how “skill set” work is incorporated at the floor. Each chapter provides reliability “observation” notes to assist in the determination of current activities and on the floor culture. Paramount to this work is the development, implementation, and sustainability of correct principles with on the floor work application. While all are involved in this work, leadership requires a global view to begin improvements in the right directions and levels. 

Appropriate background and responsibilities
Five days


Upcoming Classes

ECS Field Preparation 3/19-3/23/2018




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