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Truly Serving Your Customer with a Lighting Upgrade

Truly Serving Your Customer with a Lighting Upgrade

Reducing energy waste is a common reason for lighting upgrades. The typical such upgrade is technology focused, for example replacing an older type of fluorescent lamp/ ballast with a newer type. While this kind of upgrade certainly will save energy and certainly can provide profitable work for you, it leaves much on the table. Both […]

Are You Really Saving Money?

Are You Really Saving Money?

Many plants have some odd ways of saving money on maintenance. Consider these: “Deferring” scheduled maintenance. Reality: This merely accelerates equipment failure and the corresponding costs of downtime. Buying the entry level model of test equipment rather than the one needed for the particular circumstances. Reality: Intervention that would have prevented downtime doesn’t occur, but […]

Working on Platforms

Working on Platforms

Electricians, especially those working in industrial environments, often work from platforms. These include mobile ones like scissor lifts and stationary ones like mezzanines. One danger that arises is people walking below can be injured by something that falls off the platform. It’s easy enough to drop something (which is why you bring spares, right?). But […]

SAE vs. Metric

SAE vs. Metric

Mike took a job as the Field Services Manager for a small industrial services firm. The firm provided a variety of services, but anything done in the field was Mike’s responsibility. He made a point of visiting every active job and watching people work. Something he noticed repeatedly is that even the mechanics were constantly […]

Do You Keep Your Maintenance People Busy?

Do You Keep Your Maintenance People Busy?

We often hear the phrase “maintenance activity.” Is that how you think of maintenance? As just some activities? If maintenance techs aren’t scurrying about, do you see that as a good thing or a bad thing? If you’re a maintenance supervisor or manager, do you try to keep maintenance people busy with activities? Or do […]