Preparing for an Electrical Power Outage

What would you do if your business suddenly lost power? Advanced planning is critical to minimize the risk to your operations. Are you ready? If not, where do you start? Here are some suggestions that can help.»more

Equipment Operator Activities - Your Preventive Maintenance Program

Equipment operators play a key role in helping to avoid breakdowns. When equipment does go down, operators can take actions to minimize the impact on the overall operation of the facility. That means the operator must take charge of their equipment. By properly operating and maintaining machinery, they can demonstrate the importance of their role in saving the business time and money. »more

Electrical Preventive Maintenance


College Learns Lesson About Poor Equipment Maintenance

A community college reported a loss to two new semi-hermetic 50-ton reciprocating compressors, part of a 200-ton chiller for the campus auditorium. During the cooler months, two of the four compressors operated, alternating use between the four units. In the summer months, all four compressors were needed to completely cool the facility.»more

Preventative Maintenance Could Have Saved Thousands


Don't Wait Until It's Too Late to Plan for an Emergency(2)

A public water company used pre-emergency planning to minimize its downtime after a flood. When it became apparent there was a high probability its facilities would be flooded, the company arranged for repair crews to be on call and replacement parts to be stored in a nearby safe area. After the flood waters subsided, restoration work began immediately, while other companies were scrambling to find repair crews and supplies. »more

Boiler Operation and Maintenance

Each year, hundreds of accidents are reported nationally involving steam and hot water heating boilers. Most are attributed to malfunctioning low water cutoffs, operator error, poor maintenance and/or corrosion. Properly functioning control or safety devices are absolutely essential. The only way you can be confident they will work when needed is to regularly perform required maintenance and testing. »more

Implementing Electrical Preventive Maintenance - A Guide for Business and Industry

Electrical losses continue to top the list as the equipment category with the most premature breakdowns. An effective Electrical Preventive Maintenance (EPM) program will go a long way to help avoid the extra expense, disruptions and lost profits that can result. Yet, it may seem overwhelming for many businesses to develop, implement and follow up on an EPM program. This article is designed to provide information and recommendations that will help you move ahead. »more

Does it Make Sense to Close Down a Plant

With so much uncertainty in the world economy, market forces prompt many companies to shut down an industrial or commercial facility or a major piece of equipment for an extended period. The owners may intend to reopen the plant and restart the equipment when conditions improve, but what will happen to that property and equipment over the months or years?»more

Are There Red Flags In Your Boiler Room?

While conducting jurisdictional examinations of boilers and pressure vessels, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspectors see many conditions that cause a “red flag” to go up. As a boiler owner, operator, service technician, municipal code enforcement official, or insurance professional, you can learn to recognize them, too. »more

Safety Should Be Everybody's Business - Don't Underestimate The Value of Employee Safety

The safety of a company’s employees is critical to its success. No matter how sophisticated the technology, it is employees who operate a business and maintain the equipment. It takes people to resolve problems when disruptions occur. Ignore the safety of employees, and a business can experience financial losses and a tarnished reputation. »more

Reducing Spoilage Risks in Perishable Goods Storage

What can the operators of commercial cold storage facilities and supermarkets do to prevent the headaches and expense associated with spoilage? No single step or process improvement will, by itself, prevent spoilage of product. Rather, success depends on the application of several loss prevention measures. »more

Recommended Accident Prevention Procedures for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Equipment

Here are some recommended maintenance steps to help improve the operation and reliability of your equipment.»more

Providing Non-Stop Power for Critical Electrical Loads

The loss of electric power interrupts some vital digital communications networks, advanced medical therapies, financial transactions such as credit cards and bank operations, elevator service, refrigeration and other essential services. This equipment is so critical that there is a great demand for non-stop electric power. There are many ways to provide auxiliary power for times when the public supply goes down. We may think first of backup generators, but there are other devices available, including flywheel generators and battery/inverter systems. Choosing among them is the subject of this discussion. »more

Protecting Digital Control Equipment from Electrical Transient Damage

[Editor’s Note: Since this article first appeared (The Locomotive Spring 1996), business and industry has become more dependent than ever on sophisticated electronics. This revised version is intended to help you improve the installation and protection of electronic control devices so they perform properly and are less likely to be damaged by electrical power problems.]  »more

Protecting Communication and Sensitive Electronic Equipment From Lightning and Voltage Surges


Proper Boiler Installation And Maintenance Can Help Avoid Expensive Breakdowns


Loss Migration Action Plans: Preparations For The Loss of Essential Services and Guidelines for Restarting Equipment

Editor’s Note: The Gulf Coast hurricanes in 2005 caused devastating losses of life and property. These disasters focused renewed attention on emergency planning and recovery procedures. That includes equipment operation, which is vital to the protection and recovery of a business and the public in the event of an unexpected calamity. The information in this article has been updated and expanded since it was originally published in The Locomotive. With today’s economic pressures and security concerns, a loss mitigation action plan is more important than ever.»more

Infrared Thermography: Taking the Heat Off Faulty Connections

Infrared thermography surveys use the latest technology to spot problems in electrical systems and equipment. This high-tech tool can help most any business, regardless of when you installed your equipment, since age has no relationship to the likelihood of overheated electrical connections. Still, infrared testing is an area that may be misunderstood by those who could benefit from testing.»more

Infrared Thermography Testing - Going Beyond The Electrical Connection

Most people think of infrared thermography as a tool that is used to detect problems with electrical connections. But that represents only part of the array of applications and potential benefits when this technology is properly conducted by qualified personnel. »more

Fire Protection in Power Plants: Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems at Electric Generating Plants

Fires in electric power generating plants can have costly and even fatal consequences. Yet, the owners and operators of many plants have paid little if any attention to fire suppression systems since they were installed 10 or even 20 years ago. In about one-third of the cases in which fire suppression systems fail to operate as expected, the cause is inadequate inspection, testing and maintenance.»more

Chemical Cleaning Of Boilers - To Clean or Not To Clean


When Should You Do Your Next Major Turbine Outage?

How can you decide and justify the right time between major outages for steam turbine generators? A proven approach is to have your steam turbines and generators analyzed by Hartford Steam Boiler's proprietary risk-based programs. TOOP (Turbine Outage Optimization Program) and STRAP (»more

What Do You Expect from an Infrared Survey?

Infrared thermography is an effective tool to help avoid electrical breakdown claims. Testing equipment for electrical “hot spots” may pinpoint potential problems while there is still time to take preventive action. Virtually any company of any size should have a formal infrared thermography program. But it’s not enough to say you want to have your electrical system surveyed, and then do it. You need a plan that presents not only your end results, but also how you expect to get there. »more

Warning: Disabling That Alarm Can Be Costly

Warning devices are an important feature of any type of equipment or system. Correct procedures must be followed to ensure that alarms and back-up systems are operating properly and not disabled or circumvented when performing maintenance or repairs. A recent claim for damage to a wood finishing company’s boiler shows what can happen when those procedures are forgotten or ignored.»more

Use Extra Care When Plugging Boiler Tubes


There’s No Such Thing as “Maintenance Free”

If you have an interest in keeping a machine operational for an extended period of time, then maintenance is not the place to cut corners. When you're looking at equipment from a life-cycle perspective, there is no such thing as "maintenance-free."»more

The Proper Use and Maintenance of Water Softeners

Hartford Steam Boiler investigates many claims in which scale build-up leads to leaks in boiler tubes. In one incident, the insured blamed a water treatment company for faulty treatment. A review found that some time before the incident, the insured had altered the feedwater train through the softeners. The softener piping was changed so that the units operated in series instead of in parallel. The only advantage gained by operating the units in series would be longer times between regenerations. However, since both beds would be spent, the system would have to be shut down completely for regeneration unless an adequate supply of condensate was available. Operating the softeners in series allowed the hardness into the system that contributed to the scale build-up.»more

The Human Factor in Equipment Failures

Outside factors can defeat any system. That’s why pre-planning and an appropriate response by operations personnel are important. In one case, serious damage resulted in the fire suppression system of a 27-story office building. The system consisted of a 2 hp jockey pump, 1,000 gallon per minute engine-driven fire pump, and the associated sprinkler piping, alarms and electrical controls. The fire pump was controlled by a pressure switch during normal operation. As the pressure in the fire protection system decreased, the jockey pump restored the system pressure to normal parameters. If the pressure continued to drop (signifying the possible actuation of the sprinkler system) the fire pump automatically actuated to deliver water to the building’s sprinkler system.»more

Poor Lighting, Sloppy Storage Result in Chiller Breakdown

Since air conditioning was extremely important to its business, a large department store had frequent scheduled maintenance performed on its equipment. A contractor spent a week completely tearing down the sole 450-ton centrifugal three-stage semi-hermetic chiller, checking tolerances, replacing bearings, oil, Freon®, and completing other required maintenance. Then the unit completely seized up just 45 minutes after restarting. »more

Good Maintenance Includes Written Procedures and Records

The loss of two new compressors at a community college can help teach an important lesson. Don’t forget to check the entire system when replacing individual pieces of equipment, and keep written maintenance records to make the task easier. A lack of regular maintenance could spell even bigger trouble ahead.»more

Experienced Personnel Should Maintain Your Fire Protection System

While surveying an industrial plant, a Hartford Steam Boiler engineer noted that the pre-action sprinkler system valve had been turned off. The valve was protecting a fairly large building of wood construction. When the engineer asked the facility’s safety officer about the valve, he said he would check with another employee who was a retired firefighter. »more

Don't Tolerate Poor Repair Service(2)


Don’t Let Equipment Be the Cause of Slips, Trips and Falls

Among the many services provided by Hartford Steam Boiler are property-casualty surveys for other insurance carriers. And when HSB inspectors visit client locations, they may find conditions that could cause employees or customers to slip, trip or fall. It might be oil or other fluids leaking from machinery. Cables stretched across walkways. Water, grease or debris left on the floor. Spilled food and drinks in restaurants or grocery store aisles. Even potholes in the parking lot can create a hazard and lead to injuries, lost production and lawsuits. »more


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