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The Importance of Industrial Process Control

Most gamblers spend their lifetime guessing, but an industrial manager doesn’t have that luxury. Control system failure in an industrial plant is never really an option, but if and when it does happen it’s important to be prepared. For process and manufacturing facilities, control system failure — even for a second — will cause tremendous damage. But with the right training skills any crisis can be handled smoothly. When it comes to...

What is SCORM?

What does SCORM compliant mean? SCORM stands for Sharable Courseware Object Reference Model (SCORM), which is a set of specifications that, when applied to course content, produces small, reusable e-Learning objects. A result of the Department of Defense’s Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative, SCORM-compliant courseware elements are easily merged with other compliant elements to produce a highly modular repository of training materials.

Why Boiler Control Training?

Boiler systems are often the most commonly used steam or hot water generators in an industrial plant. As a result, great care and attention should be given to ensure that they continue to operate efficiently and safely while responding rapidly to changes. By incorporating boiler training into your plant’s training program, it will allow your employees to develop better control techniques, as well as enable you to have greater flexibility in deciding...

Pa. Steelworkers Forced To Work During Super Bowl

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — It’s only natural that Pittsburgh-area steelworkers would want to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s Super Bowl. But a U.S. Steel memo says workers in the Clairton, Irvin and Edgar Thomson mills who miss work Sunday or Monday “without just cause” will face “severe disciplinary action.” The United Steelworkers union has criticized the memo. A U.S. Steel spokeswoman tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the company doesn’t comment on...

Industrial Production Sees Largest Increase In Months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production rose in December by the largest amount in five months, providing the economy with solid momentum heading into the new year. The Federal Reserve reports that activity at factories, mines and utilities increased 0.8 percent last month. Industrial production showed gains in every month but one in 2010. Overall industrial activity has risen 11 percent since hitting its recession low in June 2009. But it is still...

Manufacturing Training for Infrequent Tasks

Every once in a while, we are challenged to do something different or great. But because everyone deals with challenges differently, some people embrace them and others run away. Today, manufacturing organizations face many challenges including having to effectively train their employees to perform complex tasks. If an equipment operator is asked to perform a task he has never done before, he might break a critical tool which will cause the project...

Industrial Skills Training for Small Companies

People are human, we make mistakes. However, in a small or mid-sized industrial plant mistakes can be extremely costly. These errors are usually committed because of omissions or lack of knowledge on your employees’ part. A good strategy to reduce errors is to provide industrial skills training to your employees. Many small and mid-sized companies can benefit from addressing their employee needs and finding out what subjects they need to be taught....

Maintenance Training–Equipment Vibration Analysis

If you look closely, you can find a pattern in anything. There’s a pattern in the fabrics of our life to how we dress and the behavior of our dogs. In vibration analysis, understanding and interpreting the patterns is essential to determining its mechanical condition. A single reading can provide all the useful information you need to understand the machine. Employees that know how to use vibration analysis to find problems are...

Mechanical Training for Centrifugal Pumps

Centrifugal pumps are used to transport a wide variety of materials including water, oil, bleach, acid, and more. When a pump grinds to a halt because of a blockage or other problem, this can disrupt the entire system. Centrifugal pumps not only fail when they get older, but also after years of service. They need to be maintained regularly in order to reduce erosion, corrosion, overheating due to low flow, leakage, and...

Maintenance for Instrument Calibration

Printing companies frequently calibrate their printing equipment to ensure that the items they print such as brochures, catalogs, and other materials all have the same quality. Any deviation from the preset standard point will lead to a low quality product or machine failure. In an industrial plant, equipment calibration is also a critical part of the manufacturing process because if the measurements are off then your company will have wasted its time...

Mechanical Training– Bearings

Bearings are used in a wide variety of manufacturing plants, and when bearings fail they can cause the machinery to break down or the entire plant to grind to a halt. Most failed bearings have a story to tell. It can help mechanics to identify the cause of the problem, maintenance issues, bearing selection errors, and other important issues. For instance, since a paper pulp processing plant will probably use bearings everyday...

Industrial Lubrication Training

In an industrial plant it’s important to maintain proper lubrication. Since most large equipment is oil lubricated, knowing the right type of oil to use is a critical part of keeping your machinery in good working condition. Plus, it’s important that your mechanics, oilers, and other employees know the best type of lubricant to select. Not only that, but they should know how to properly store and handle the lubricant during delivery,...