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|10 Events |12 Sensors
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|22 Fluid Control
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November 2013 A corrosive substance is one that will attack, damage or even destroy other substances with which it comes into contact. It may attack a great many materials, including various metals and plastics. Corrosion literally consumes the material, reducing load carrying capability and causing stress concentrations. It is often a major part of maintenance cost meaning corrosion prevention is vital in many applications. Pressure measurement transducers and transmitters are used in a multitude of applications and may be exposed to a number of corrosive chemicals and gases. These chemicals can attack the instruments both internally and externally, typically from leaks or fumes. Electronics and wiring may corrode which will often lead to instrument failure. The product exterior and internal electronics must therefore be protected from chemical exposure through good design and appropriate selection of materials of construction. It is therefore necessary to consider whether the materials used in the construction of your selected pressure transducer or transmitter are suitable for use with the media to be monitored. So where do you begin to choose the correct transmitter for the job? Firstly the constituent elements of the media that the construction of the transmitter is able to resist them, both in the short and long term. It is also important to remember that corrosive media can potentially become more
aggressive as temperatures and pressures increase. Most metals corrode on contact with acids, bases, salts, oils, aggressive metal polishes, detergents and other solid and liquid chemicals. Metals will also corrode when exposed to gaseous materials such as acid vapours, formaldehyde gas, ammonia gas, and gases containing sulphur. The use of notoriously hazardous chemicals such as sulphuric acid and hydrochloric acid are certain to ring the alarm bells, but what if you are measuring seemingly risk free liquids like seawater or fruit juices? Specialised manufacturers of pressure transducers and transmitters such as ESI Technology Ltd offer a comprehensive selection of materials in order to achieve the desired level of corrosion resistance for your ESI can advise you on the best sensor option combined with machined housings and threads in specialised metals and plastics to create a product that will operate safely and reliably at high levels of performance, even in the most corrosive of environments. Standard ESI transducers are manufactured using 316L stainless steel and work effectively with most everyday types of gases and liquids such as nitrogen, oxygen, air systems, lubricants, coolants and hydraulic oils. However the introduction of pressure transducers and transmitters using Silicon-on-Sapphire (SOS) sensing technology presented ESI with a distinct advantage in this area as the pressure diaphragm and threaded pressure port is machined entirely in Titanium. This means the
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November 2013 and also more cost effective in the long-term than the previous this round for us in the limited timeframe we were given.” Due to the turnaround time, Arbil set to work quickly. Initial drawings were produced of the stand design, which had to be approved by the council’s engineering department as they had commissioned this job. Once approved, work then got underway. Brian Timmington, Arbil’s General Manager of Manufacturing and Engineering commented, “As soon as the anchor arrived in Dudley for the initial display and documentary, we went straight to site to take detailed measurements to develop the original support stand for the jacking tools to precision accuracy. As we already had these straight away once the need for a permanent stand arose.’ Timmington continues, ‘The permanent stand was developed out of solid steel with a triangular groove in the top for the anchor head to be placed in. A1 Rentals had inserted a metal support under ground where the anchor was to be displayed and our stand was to be bolted into this. A1 Rentals had also arranged for a mobile crane to lift and place the anchor on the day of the move.’ Brian continues, ‘My grandfather worked at the Noah Hingley & Sons Ironworks back when the original Titanic anchor was forged and so I had a great personal interest in this job, I was more than happy to give up my time, free of charge on the day of both moves, to oversee the transportation to our stands. Witnessing the Andy at A1 Rentals concludes, and was due to be televised; there was no room for error on either the job itself or delivery time. We were impressed by how quickly Arbil turned this around, the quality of workmanship and the professionalism of all those involved. Throughout the whole was promised and the team were a pleasure to work with and we were grateful for them personally giving up their time on the day of the televised event. We would certainly recommend Arbil to others.”
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Health & Safety – Business Cost or Commercial Opportunity? There are very few businesses that would put health and safety compliance at the top of the corporate agenda. Yet for any organisation with a significant asset base, failure to consider the financial and business implications of safety procedures is a mistake – a potentially extremely costly mistake. As the Health & Safety Executive’s Fee for Intervention begins to make its mark, there is growing awareness that minimising reactive maintenance through effective planned, preventative maintenance can drastically reduce accidents – as well as improving uptime and reducing asset maintenance costs. So how can a business turn health and safety compliance from a grudging tick box exercise to a culture of proactive maintenance that delivers measurable business value? Karen Conneely, Group Commercial Manager, Real Asset Management outlines the value of embedding safety and compliance within the maintenance system. Fee for Intervention
schedule reduces equipment failure, minimises downtime and optimises asset cost. These figures also underline the importance of good PPM in improving safety and cutting injury. With the right, approach PPM will lower the number of reactive events and hence the risk of accidents. It is also a fundamental component of ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements – such as the routine PATs. But PPM on its own is not quite enough. Organisations need also to embrace a safety aware attitude within the overall maintenance process. Making safety a business Key Performance Indicator, for example, is a key component in changing culture and attitudes. And this is important: to be truly effective, compliance requirements and safety awareness need to be embedded within the PPM. By tracking and publishing maintenance performance on a weekly, monthly and annual basis, organisations raise awareness and reinforce a safe culture. Indeed, those organisations that proactively display ‘number of days since last safety incident’ completely change attitudes both towards ensuring compliance and undertaking every maintenance activity, both planned and reactive, with a safety first approach. Embedded Model
As the first anniversary of the Health and Safety Executive’s Fee for Intervention (FFI) approaches, a growing number of businesses are discovering first-hand the cost of failing to take a more robust approach to compliance. Facing a budget reduction of 35%, the HSE had a target of at least £37 million in fines in the first year and after a slow start, feedback from HSE is that the money is beginning to flow.*
Entrenching safety within the maintenance system is fundamental to improving performance without adding any administrative overhead. At the most basic level, organisations must ensure that manufacturers’ service requirements for each piece of equipment are recorded and automatically included with the PPM schedule. This guarantees that warranties remain valid as well as minimising the risk of unscheduled downtime.
Yet while the HSE’s FFI has raised the bar in terms of the cost of investigating non-compliance, the associated fines are still minimal when compared to the longer term business implications. From the bad publicity associated with injuries at work to the business upheaval and disruption associated with both investigation and the introduction of new processes, failure to put procedures in place can be highly damaging.
In addition, any legislative compliance requirements must be recorded and included within the schedule. Any failure in the PPM routine – due to staff absence or emergency – that may affect these required events must be automatically flagged to the maintenance manager for urgent action. With this approach, the company can minimise risk and demonstrate its buy-in to duty of care obligations.
Of course, asset safety encompasses an extraordinary range of requirements from the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) to the dangers of an employee getting injured opening an unmaintained window or the need for routine Portable Appliance Testing (PAT). Given the wide extent of these demands, it is perhaps little wonder that most organisations have a somewhat tick box approach to health and safety.
Even day to day activity must be conducted with safety awareness – such as ensuring any work order includes relevant information. This may be nothing more complicated than a list of required safety clothing or equipment, advice on how to clear an area of employees or the public before commencing any activity or include vital information that the location has been flagged as one with asbestos, which could make even the changing of a light switch a hazardous activity.
However, there are significant positives that can be gained, not only from ensuring compliance to a raft of health and safety legislation but actually embedding a ‘safety first’ culture into the entire asset maintenance strategy. Not least the fact that minimising reactive maintenance through effective PPM can drastically reduce accidents – as well as improve uptime and reduce asset maintenance costs.
With poor implementation proven to lead to a significant proportion of equipment failure, a ‘safety aware’ attitude needs to start from the installation of equipment. By embedding safety
According to international giant DuPont, when it comes to maintenance processes, the most likely person to be injured is a maintenance technician with less than two years’ experience doing reactive work. Similarly, Exxon Mobil reported that accidents are five times more likely in maintenance when doing breakdown work than when doing planned and scheduled work; and in 66% of companies more than 60% of injuries occur when doing reactive maintenance according to Idcom.**
and compliance within every aspect of the maintenance process, from reactive to planned, from equipment to skills and education, companies achieve far more than avoiding HSE’s FFI. Changing attitudes and achieving that much vaunted shift from reactive to preventative maintenance is proven to reduce costs and improve uptime. By adding a safety led KPI to the PPM model, organisations can improve overall performance and operator safety.
Improving Safety It is clear that prevention is always better than cure. Maintenance managers know that a good proactive, preventative maintenance
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