Material Handling Tug Devices: A Proactive Approach to Plant Safety that Improves Productivity and ProfitabilityApril 18, 2012 | by Power Pusher
In recent years, improving worker safety has become an important focus in most industries, as job-related injuries can result in employee absenteeism, reduced productivity and increased costs. Many material handling applications pose serious health and safety risks, requiring workers to move heavy loads either through sheer manpower or by using equipment that is unstable, difficult to control or ergonomically deficient. To overcome these safety
challenges, the development of battery-operated tug devices allows employees to single-handedly move materials weighing thousands of pounds without exposing them to unnecessary risk of injury. Battery- operated tugs enhance safety by preventing operator strain and reducing potential collisions on busy plant floors, resulting in improved productivity and efficiency— ultimately impacting a company’s overall profitability.
Reliability of fuel supply tends to be of great concern for authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs). On-site fuel (most often diesel) is typically required for life-safety applications, and many mission-critical applications like 911 call centers specify it because it is perceived to be more reliable. Nonetheless, maintenance issues and delivery concerns of diesel fuel in an emergency, combined with the reliability and cost-effectiveness of natural gas, must be considered in a standby power system. NFPA and NEC offer provisions for the use of natural gas in standby power applications that had previously been the clear domain of diesel-fueled systems. There are also many ways to work with the AHJ to clear the way for the use of gaseous fuel in a standby power system.
Several quality brands and styles of pullers are on the market today. How can you choose the best one for you? As is always the case with equipment, choosing the right puller has everything to do with your application. The following questions will be important considerations in your search.
How much downtime does the equipment in your plant spend per week as maintenance technicians work to remove frozen, rusted, or stuck pulleys, bearings, and sprockets from shafts? From the shipyard to the paper mill to the mines, removing frozen objects from shafts can be one of the biggest—and most unnecessary—time wastes that maintenance teams face. Small-scale, hand tool-based removal methods such as torches and crowbars are at best risky and time-consuming, and often require the efforts of multiple maintenance workers to get the job done. An industrial puller, rugged-built for years of service in the plant and providing literally tons of force, solves this problem by allowing the same job to be done by just one person in much less time, saving you hours, labor, and ultimately cost.
With their unique triggering and measuring functions, Fluke ScopeMeter 190 Series II portable oscilloscopes are ideal for analyzing the voltage-frequency ratio of pulse-width-modulated variable speed drives.
Vibration can identify problems before other symptoms, including heat, sound, electrical consumption, and lubricant impurities. More than half of unplanned downtime is attributed to mechanical failures. While many things can impact the life of a machine, once the first signs of failure appear, a machine generally has only a matter of months before failing completely. Vibration testing provides a way to determine where the machine is on the failure curve and react appropriately.
Vibration can identify problems before other symptoms—heat, sound, electrical consumption, lubricant impurities. Over half of unplanned downtime is attributed to mechanical failures. While many things can impact the life of a machine, once the first signs of failure appear a machine generally has a matter of months before failing completely. Vibration testing provides a way to determine where the machine is on the failure curve and react appropriately.
Mechanical Vibration is a notoriously difficult subject matter to master. A quick glance at a textbook in the field shows that the advanced practitioner must master sophisticated concepts in mathematics and physics in order to accurately collect and interpret vibration data. This has caused a major problem for industrial plants—the benefits of a vibration testing program are well known, but far too many plants choose to avoid vibration testing because of the perceived complexity.
Unbalance, misalignment, bearing failures, gear faults, motor electrical problems, etc. are typical faults experienced in all equipment. Identification and elimination of these faults and other issues are critical to maintaining the health of your plant equipment. Healthy equipment means lower maintenance cost, increased uptime, better product quality and a safer work environment for employees. This illustrated guide will help you determine the most common equipment problems using vibration analysis as a diagnosis tool.Download your complimentary copy now!
Laser alignment is an essential component of a proactive maintenance strategy for rotating machines. This practical guide provides information and guidelines for the implementation of good shaft alignment of directly coupled rotating equipment including terminology, alignment methods, troubleshooting soft foot, causes of machine breakdown and related case studies.Download your copy now!
Laser alignment is an essential component of a proactive maintenance strategy for belt-driven machines. This practical guide provides guidelines and information for the implementation of good pulley alignment of belt-driven equipment, including terminology, proper alignment methods, soft foot, and best maintenance practices.Download your copy now!
With a lasting economic downturn, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you stay on budget and within deadlines. And while some delays are inevitable — those caused by extreme weather, for example — it’s preventing the preventable that’s crucial for maintaining efficiency.
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Air Handler replacement is unexpected, costing businesses thousands. Technology exists that provides a solution at a fraction of the cost.
Make the most of real-time production floor information by providing ERP links to the shop floor, bridging the gap between the management team and the shop floor.
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Establishing and following good engineering practices, and being prepared to handle spills, are two key elements of a successful Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.
When generating and using compressed air in industrial machines, targeted measures within a comprehensive energy saving concept can significantly improve energy efficiency at the machine level.
A series of tests have been carried out to compare two curing processes for a heat curing adhesive, namely conventional oven curing and the iCure AS200 infrared thermal spot curing system from IRphotonics. The results show that tested samples are equally cured with both methods but the curing time is reduced with the iCure.
One of the biggest shifts in the manufacturing industry in recent years is the growing focus on sustainability. What started as a concern amongst a relatively small group has gathered force to become a key mainstream issue, and vacuum technology is one area that manufacturers can focus on to make a meaningful difference to the environment.
If a mechanical or electromechanical component has to function for extended periods in an extreme environment, a perfluoropolyether (PFPE) lubricant just may be the key to long life and smooth performance.