Reliability and Maintenance

Improving Reliability of Circuit Breakers by Predictive Maintenance

Circuit breakers are an integral part of the electrical systems and their application differs with respect to the scenario. They are also used for planned electrical isolation of a system or equipment. By definition, “circuit breakers are protective construction electrical products that operate automatically”. Certain fault conditions can actuate a circuit breaker resulting in a discontinuation of power supply to ...

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Are You in the ‘Circle of Despair’?

TOR IDHAMMAR, IDCON, INC. If you work in a highly reactive maintenance organization, you will be trapped in a “circle of despair” and will waste too much time doing the wrong things. A circle of despair starts when you must react to a problem, or a perceived problem, on short notice. You then try to correct the problem as fast ...

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Specialty Producer Tries a New Quick Link to Efficiency

Inland Empire Paper is among first to try a patented new seaming technology for quick and safe changes of dryer fabrics. ROBERT PUHR Inland Empire Paper Co. (IEP), located in Millwood, WA, near Spokane, has been in business since 1911. It manufactures more than 50 grades of newsprint and specialty papers using a combination of virgin mechanical and recycled fiber. ...

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The Problem with Seal Water Systems

Water Management Systems can help mills meet their goals for reliability and conservation. HEINZ P. BLOCH AND TOM GROVE A survey of published Corporate Sustainability Reports in the pulp and paper industry shows that the reports prioritize the critical need for water conservation and energy savings. Stated objectives often call for a minimum of 5 percent savings and can be ...

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New OPTALIGN touch to become the game changer in laser alignment

PRUFTECHNIK single-laser technology – the key for easy and high accuracy measurement Ismaning, September 2018 – The world market leader of laser alignment instruments PRUFTECHNIK proudly announces the launch of the new OPTALIGN touch system. The OPTALIGN touch by PRUFTECHNIK is the equipment of choice for simple, fast and precise daily alignment jobs – a tool needed in any maintenance ...

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Thinking Outside the (Metal) Box

New HDPE cooling towers help a Southern containerboard mill protect its operations.   ED SULLIVAN HVAC systems play a crucial role in many industrial cooling applications. These systems—composed of cooling towers, chillers, and air handlers—are used to cool areas where high heat loads can shut down critical processes. High heat loads could stem from machinery that generates extensive heat, or ...

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Paper360 – July/August 2018

Paper 360 July/August 2018   The July/August issue of Paper360 is now available! Viewing this email on your phone? Our mobile optimized reading view has you covered with scrolling views that automatically adjust for your reading pleasure. Click here to start reading this issue now! Check out some of this issue’s highlight features: RISI’s 2018 Top 50 POWER LIST Machine Learning and Improved Performance Innovation Continues ...

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Ultrasound Assisted Lubrication

When a bearing is in a lack of lubrication state, there is an increase in both friction and noise. When using the ultrasonic instrument, the inspector listens to the bearing and watches the decibel level on the instrument. As grease is applied, there is less friction and less noise. Once a proper lubrication level is reached, the dB level will ...

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As a New Reliability Engineer, Are You Confused About Your Role?

CHRISTER IDHAMMAR During a recent reliability and maintenance conference, we met several reliability engineers who told us that they found their jobs different from what they expected. Many had graduated as reliability engineers and had learned all about Mean Time To Repair (MTTR), Mean Time To Failure (MTTF), Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF), Weibull charts, Failure Mode Effect Analyses (FMEA), ...

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