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Autonomous Maintenance

Autonomous Maintenance

Autonomous maintenance always part of a good TPM program. It is a concept used in many manufacturing facilities that places the responsibility of certain types of maintenance on the operator of a machine. This is instead of having a dedicated maintenance team handling these responsibilities for all of the different machines in a facility. With traditional

Solar Photovoltaic

Solar Photovoltaic

Solar photovoltaic technology is what is used in solar panels. Photovoltaic is often abbreviated as PV for simplicity. PV cells, which are also often called solar cells, use a nonmechanical method to convert sunlight (or certain other types of light) into electricity. That electricity can then either be fed directly into a grid system for

EOT

EOT

EOT stands for Electric Overhead Traveling, which is used to reference this specific type of crane. EOT cranes are also known as bridge cranes. They are designed to be able to lift and move heavy objects in specific areas. An EOT is typically going to have parallel runways that travel along some type of bridge hanging over

FR

FR

When working in manufacturing, construction, mining, and many other industries, it is not uncommon to see the acronym “FR” on various things including clothing. FR stands for flame resistant. Flame resistant items, including clothing, are an important form of personal protection equipment (PPE) that can help to keep a person or object safe when exposed to heat,

GMP

GMP

The acronym GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practice. It is also commonly written as cGMP, which stands for Current Good Manufacturing Practice. This is a set of regulations that are put out by the Food and Drug Administration with the intent of ensuring companies follow established practices related to minimizing contaminations and other errors. GMPs carry

NFPA 170

NFPA 170

Developed by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 170 is a standardized catalog of uniformed symbols for use on emergency signs and labels. It combines four previous standards for fire safety and emergency symbols: NFPA 171, NFPA 172, NFPA 147, and NFPA 178. NFPA 170 uses easily understood uniform symbols to eliminate confusion and improve communication in

ANSI Z359

ANSI Z359

Developed by the American National Standards Institute and the American Society of Safety Professionals, ANSI/ASSP Z359 is known as the series of Fall Protection and Arrest Standards. The scope of this standard has expanded throughout the years to address different fall protection systems, training, testing, and more—but it began with ANSI Z359.1. What is ANSI Z359.1? ANSI

Production Efficiency

Production Efficiency

Also known as productive efficiency, production efficiency in manufacturing is a state where a system can no longer produce more goods without sacrificing the production without sacrificing production of another good. Facility managers often use this metric to ensure costs are effectively optimized without the quality of goods and services being sacrificed. How is production efficiency calculated?

Lean Maintenance

Lean Maintenance

Lean maintenance is a strategy that aims to incorporate Lean principles into a maintenance program to boost productivity, reduce costs, and improve asset management. Tools for Lean Maintenance Many of the tools in the Lean manufacturing toolbox can be translated to a maintenance strategy. Some of these include: 5S: This methodology is used to organize the workplace

Compliance Officer

Compliance Officer

In its traditional definition, compliance officers are responsible for ensuring their company complies with regulatory and legal requirements, as well as internal bylaws and policies. Chief compliance officers, sometimes called a compliance manager, are most common in banking and healthcare. Officers are hired to keep the company running smoothly by meeting outside laws and regulations as well

Heat Stress

Heat Stress

Text From Infographic Heat Stress What is it and how to prevent it. High temperatures can be dangerous and even fatal at work. In 2015, exposure to environmental heat led to 2,830 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, as well as 37 work-related deaths. What is heat stress? The human body relies on its ability to

Maintenance Planning

Maintenance Planning

A facility’s maintenance operation can be extremely reliable, efficient, and effective given the right planning. When it comes to going Lean, maintenance planning and scheduling is one of the keys to producing quality products at the lowest cost for the customer. Maintenance planning is all about determining what maintenance work needs to be done and how

Site Safety Health Officer (SSHO)

Site Safety Health Officer (SSHO)

A Site Safety Health Officer (SSHO) is defined in the Safety and Health Requirements Manual (EM 385-1-1) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the “superintendent or other qualified/competent person who is responsible for on-site safety and health,” and requires a full-time SSHO on site for most construction projects. An SSHO is typically a safety specialist

Asset Tag

Asset Tag

Asset tagging is a simple (but powerful) tool for monitoring and tracking an organization’s fixed or movable assets. By using a unique serial code or barcode, companies can implement an asset tagging system to improve maintenance programs and inventory control of equipment. Asset tags are used to track assets that move, like vehicles or laptop systems,

Bathtub Curve

Bathtub Curve

Named because the primary curve resembles a tub, the bathtub curve is particularly useful in reliability engineering and deterioration modeling. In manufacturing plants and industrial facilities, using the bathtub curve can greatly improve maintenance programs and efficiency. Operational Failure Rate As a visual representation of machinery or equipment failure, the bathtub curve describes the failure rate in

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