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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

The failure of power transformers is always an area of significant concern because it can result in substantial financial costs, power interruptions, and potential environmental and safety consequences. Therefore, it is imperative to promptly identify abnormal changes in the transformer’s internal condition and determine whether these changes could lead to an incipient failure. Active detection and identification of incipient faults are now possible through online monitoring of abnormal changes in certain parameters, and the use of analytics and diagnostic methods for failure mode correlation, assessment of equipment condition, and suggested actions. This paper provides an overview of transformer monitoring systems, measured signals, analytics, and diagnostic methods for the identification of transformer failure modes.

While these are quite different disciplines, they should be closely related in any organization. Let's discuss how they can collaborate more effectively and the common tools they can use to make improvements in themselves and others.

This session highlights a strategic approach to maintaining equipment reliability in industrial settings, emphasizing two key activities: evaluating current equipment capabilities and implementing maintenance practices for optimal functionality. We will explore criticality assessments supported by data tailored to specific plant needs, and best practices for prioritizing maintenance based on criticality to optimize resource allocation and enhance operational efficiency. The selective use of tools like Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) ensures cost-effective, time-saving strategies. We'll discuss ways to refine current maintenance strategies to effectively allocate resources, such as skilled labor hours, to the most critical assets, while allowing less critical assets to run to failure. Ultimately, a value-driven maintenance approach enhances equipment reliability, ensuring uninterrupted operational functionality while aligning with organizational objectives.

As a leader, you cannot deliver results by yourself. You need to get followers to execute what you believe are the right things to do. Show them what you believe are the right things to do. These beliefs have been used by the presenter to build a very successful reliability and maintenance management company over 52 years. They have also been used to help several hundred organizations improve performance worldwide.

This presentation delves into the forefront of electrical asset reliability by addressing the latest updates to NFPA 70B standards and how ultrasound can play a critical role in electrical fault detection. This session aims to equip industry professionals with essential knowledge on leveraging ultrasound technology to detect and mitigate faults such as corona, tracking, and arcing, thereby elevating the reliability of electrical assets.

This paper presents Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) methods to improve equipment and system reliability for Plant Operations. By using AI and ML, we drive the integration of Health Scores, Remaining Useful Life, and hierarchical management-level KPIs. Technical, Techno-Financial, and Financial KPIs are developed and presented via dashboards at various management reporting levels. The integration of process data and financial data enables strategic operational and reliability planning to improve run times, reduce power costs, validate sensor data, and determine optimum maintenance interval cleaning cycles.

MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) inventory management plays a pivotal role in ensuring timely maintenance and avoiding unplanned outages. By ensuring that necessary spare parts and materials are readily available, maintenance teams can swiftly respond to repair needs, thereby enhancing equipment reliability and longevity. This proactive approach to maintenance aligns with reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) principles, which focus on preventive and predictive maintenance strategies to improve the overall reliability of systems and equipment.

Communication planning can make you look like a rockstar, but a lack of communication will make you look like just a plain old rock. In this session, we will go through the six major steps to effective communication within your reliability initiative. By effectively executing these steps, you will improve support, resources, credibility, and alignment. We will discuss what each of these means to you professionally and to your initiative. If you are not getting the results you expected, now is your chance to gain some insights and tips that might just change your trajectory.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

The condition of a coal power plant’s lubrication program is discussed, with particular emphasis on its weaknesses and proposed solutions. The paper explains how the current systems in place negatively impact the lubrication program, including the lack of a dedicated lube room, insufficient lubrication training for employees, inadequate lubrication maintenance scheduling for equipment, the absence of a Lubrication Identification System, lack of program ownership, and an undocumented lube reception process. The paper further demonstrates the proposed solutions to improve the program and discusses the potential financial savings achievable with a proper lubrication program in place. The goal of the paper is to illustrate the value of lubrication and to communicate what is needed to effectively run a lubrication program.

Many maintenance organizations mistakenly assume that a good craftsman can make a good planner, supervisor, or even a good manager or reliability engineer. It's possible but probably a "crap shoot" if you don't have the right tools to support your recruitment decision-making. A case study of vocational personality and role alignment for reliability engineering staff at a large newsprint manufacturing facility illustrates the usefulness of John Holland's Theory of Vocational Personalities for the recruitment process; one of the right tools to ensure the placement of the right person in the right place.

The discussion of an improvement project signifies a pressing need for change. To embark on a reliability improvement journey, it's crucial to begin with an honest evaluation of your current state, encompassing aspects such as leadership and organizational culture. It's vital to pinpoint the reliability model that aligns with your organization's process-oriented approach and integrates key enablers. This innovation lab will outline and explore the essential steps necessary to construct a robust business case that connects maintenance efficiency with reliability effectiveness, ultimately resulting in tangible and measurable business improvements.

The presentation "Shaping the Future of Maintenance: RCM for Enhanced Reliability & Efficiency" will dive into a successful transition plan from reactive to proactive maintenance. There will be an emphasis on reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) and the pros and cons of each maintenance strategy. Join the presentation as we highlight the integration of technology and operations, the importance of strategic data management, and the implementation of new KPIs. To demonstrate the principles, we'll walk through real-world case studies. This approach aims to enhance system efficiency, reduce costs, and improve overall service reliability in the maintenance space.

This presentation is about the development of our Preventive Maintenance program at our dietary supplement factory. It also covers the KPIs we chose to measure our success in preserving equipment reliability.

Building a refinery involves the complexity of controlling and monitoring the electrical network in terms of cost, safety, availability, and power quality. This is especially true when there is a high demand for electrical power. The ELECTRICAL NETWORK MONITORING CONTROL SYSTEM (ENMC) and INTEGRATED MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM (IMCS) have been introduced to the ZOR refinery to address these needs.