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OAT: Operator Autonomous maintenance Training

Did your company or organization get it’s OATs today?

At least weekly your company’s machine operators should be getting Operator Autonomous maintenance Training (OATs). More specifically, Autonomous Maintenance (AM) Step:0.

AM Step:0 is the preparatory step for the more commonly known 7 steps of Autonomous Maintenance, and Step 0 is crucial to a greater success of your AM program and operator buy-in to that program. AM Step 0 goes a long way to help machine operators understand the need and importance of Autonomous Maintenance Step 1: cleaning.

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Term: “Autonomous Maintenance Step 0

Definition: “Educating machine operators on the basic knowledge of machine components and functions.”

Autonomous Maintenance (AM) is the process of educating machine operators on the basic knowledge of machine components and functions. AM is the first step of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) methodology, which is part of LEAN manufacturing program. (Total Quality Management (TQM) didn’t fit well for maintenance, so TPM was developed.)

While some companies have learned and implemented a Step 0 to their AM program, they left out an important ingredient to success. Typically the few who added a Step 0, have the following 4 areas covered in AM Step 0 …

  • PPE: Understanding how important personal protective equipment (PPE) is to the safety of the operators
  • SOE: Identifying the sources of energy (SOE)
  • LOTO: Understanding LOTO (Lock Out/Tag Out) procedures.
  • EO: Basic equipment operation.

What 99% of companies leave out their Autonomous Maintenance Step 0? basic knowledge of machine component functions and maintenance best practices.

It gives the operator a resolve to carry out the handling of preventive maintenance duties with an increased responsibility and authority. (The OATs to do the job better.) Unlike the resigned role they assumed before, AM enables them to take an initiative in handling lighter maintenance procedures among them lubrication, cleaning, bolt tightening, monitoring and inspection. Equipment operators are in constant contact with the machines, therefore have a better understanding of those machines. Machine component and maintenance best practice understanding not only enables them to perform minor maintenance task competently, but also to gives them an idea of how things work and what the maintenance departments adjectives are. With proper machine level autonomous maintenance training and proper supervision, they are inspired and encouraged to better help maintenance and the company reach  their objectives. (Also companies will see an increase in value of the Kiezens being recommended by them.)

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March 18, 2018 Posted by | Education, Lean, maintenance, manufacturing, safety | Leave a comment

PLC Courses Las Vegas

NEW 3 Day Rockwell PLC Programming Course – Las Vegas Workshop

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PLC electrician and engineer have fun here!

Rockwell PLC Programming Courses: Hands-on Las Vegas PLC workshop for the maintenance tech and PLC engineer to learn best practices in working with Programmable Logic Controllers and automation within their electrician duties and programming jobs. Set yourself above the rest with these electrician skills, increase your journeyman electrician salary. Our courses are designed with emphasis on safety, reliability, best practices and reducing downtime. (1.6 CEU)

January 15, 2018 Posted by | Education, Electrical, engineering, maintenance, PLC, safety, Skill Shortage | Comments Off on PLC Courses Las Vegas

Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting

How to troubleshoot industrial controls with advanced Troubleshooting Industrial Controls skill training simulation software. Advanced training to troubleshoot problems with skills test. Read more at Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting simulations.

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August 13, 2017 Posted by | Education, Electrical, engineering, maintenance, PLC, safety | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Online MCC Electrical Training

This online motor control center training certificate course for beginners.

Source: Online MCC Electrical Training It is also great for a refresher. Below is a little video tour and demo of the MCC electrical Course…

December 16, 2016 Posted by | Education, Electrical, engineering, maintenance, manufacturing, safety | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learning PLC Network to PC Communication to HMI SCADA Smartphone

Below is a link to a great whitepaper about the learning path for PLC network Communication to PC (HMI SCADA), to the Smartphone (cloud). More accurately PLC to OPC/SQL to Smartphone App or HTML5. Includes network security advice for the stages alogn the way too. Start with PLC network and communication protocols and methods, then expand to HMI-SCADA, to SQL (and brand specific topics like RSLinx OPC server), Excel OPC client, HTML5 and your ready for Smartphone.

Source: Learning PLC Network to PC Communication to HMI SCADA Smartphone

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July 24, 2016 Posted by | Education, engineering, PLC, safety | , , , , | 1 Comment

Industrial Automation Technician Training

With this Industrial Automation Technician Training Bundle of technical certificate courses, you save 32%! The Industrial Automation Specialist Training bundle includes the 7 following certificate course software topics. PLC training, PAC, HMI, VFD, motor controls trainer, troubleshooting trainer and the DeviceNet tutor.

Source: Industrial Automation Technician Training

Automation Technician Training

7 Certificate courses (CD or Download format available)

February 18, 2016 Posted by | Education, Electrical, engineering, maintenance, manufacturing, PLC, safety, Skill Shortage | , , , | Leave a comment

Industry 4.0 in USA: Risk

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Is USA ready for Industry 4.0 and its components like IIoT?

Implementation of Industry 4.0 in the USA come with the greatest risk. This article is a must read.

Source: Industry 4.0 in USA: Risk

January 22, 2016 Posted by | Education, Electrical, engineering, maintenance, manufacturing, PLC, safety, Skill Shortage | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IR Tutorial | Electrical Inspection 1 – YouTube

November 5, 2015 Posted by | Education, Electrical, engineering, maintenance, safety, Thermography | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What is Thermography

A thermal imager can provide a wealth of information that can improve efficiency, productivity, and safety with proper training. 

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What is Thermography?

Infrared thermography is the use of an infrared thermal imaging system to detect, display, and record thermal patterns and temperature values across a given surface. The concept of infrared thermography is simple (how does thermal imaging work). All objects above absolute zero—or zero Kelvin—emit infrared radiation. While infrared energy is invisible to the human eye, it is detectable with a thermal imager, also known as an infrared camera. Infrared data obtained can be observed in real time or captured to videotape, PC card, or electronic media for post-analysis. Today’s modern thermal imagers are video camera- like devices, which often can fit in the palm of your hand. A thermal imager converts the invisible infrared imaging into a monochrome or multicolored image, which represents the apparent thermal patterns across the surface of the object being inspected. When recorded on photographic film or paper, these images are referred to as thermograms.

Read more at … What is Infrared Thermography.

December 28, 2014 Posted by | Education, Electrical, engineering, maintenance, manufacturing, Mechanical, safety, Thermography | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PLC Technician Job Requirements

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Improper PLC training can cause damage to man or machine!

Great advice for HR departments and Maintenance Managers in hiring truly qualified PLC Technicians. As you will learn, hiring a maintenance technician for their PLC knowledge can cost a company big time in the long run, if they don’t weed out the candidates who have not been properly trained. With PLCs controlling most of your business and improper training leading to damage of man or machine, this hiring decision can be one of the most important ones you make.

But when it come to the PLC Technician Job, where one mistake can cause damage to man or machine, costing a company hundreds of thousands of dollars, the following PLC training advice becomes very important. 

The article below is a great resource to help you vet potential Maintenance Technicians and PLC Technicians for your company.

GO TO … PLC Technician Job Training Requirements to read full article.

September 10, 2014 Posted by | Education, Electrical, engineering, maintenance, manufacturing, PLC, safety, Skill Shortage | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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