Condition Monitoring Re-visited
Thermal Imaging is just one tool in the Condition Monitoring Toolkit
Refreshing to be back on the front line looking after an asset group I have known for over 20 years!
When Walkers Snack Foods (PepsiCo) asked me to return to support their Condition Monitoring function it was a 'no brainer' for me.
It's a win-win situation as I understand the business needs, which after all is what any asset care should deliver.
Weighing up the Risks and Consequences is as important as monitoring the assets, delivering value is the aim.
Having the experience of looking after this asset group has made my job so much easier, I already know the modes of failure and the techniques or technology to ascertain the state of health.
Initial Oil Sampling has already thrown up some issues that we can plan to resolve over the next few weeks.
If you have any questions about Fryers, Ovens, Driers, Extruders and other Food Production equipment please feel free to reach out here or via LinkedIn.
COVID finally allows return... but for how long?
News wise it's been a very quiet six months for UPTIME Consultant Ltd.
We are fortunate that most of our work can be carried out remotely with database and criticality input.
But we really could have done with being back on clients sites back in April-May as we had physical inventory control to sort out, this means unpacking, cataloging, sorting, identifying or adding to the CMMS and finally physically locating these spares into a Carousel for easy access.
PepsiCo R&D is still one of our main clients and have brought in excellent controls for COVID safe access to site with RAMS for CV working along with the usual RAMS.
Here UPTIME Consultant exiting the sunny facility after a hard mornings site support👏
RCC Swag from my friend Wayne Hubball
Great to receive a coveted RCC 'What is a Micron' mug, along with a very nice Helly Hansen soft shell hoody emblazoned with the Reynolds logo, ARGO HYTOS, and an OPCom Particle Monitor.
Many thanks to collaborator and friend Wayne MD and owner of RCC 😃👏
From Sanya Mathura MLE
It's always great to see a new book on a reliability subject, especially on Lubrication aspects that have not been covered fully before.
Even more important when it comes from a good friend who has been instrumental in moving forward the story on Lubricant Degradation Mechanisms.
Seems like ages ago we were discussing the draft content, Sanya kindly asked me for a case study for inclusion, she didn't have to ask twice!
It was a pleasure to help in some small way.
It's released end November 2020 on CRC Press
New virtual and chat based format
This is becoming a bi-annual event now for me, one that I really enjoy because we have synergies here at UPTIME Consultant with Senseye, especially when it comes to scaling predictive technology in industry.
I would usually take a trip down to their headquarters at Southampton Science Park but everything has changed in these COVID times!
We had decided on a theme of how these new technologies may disrupt our workforces now and in the future which is an area I work in and think about extensively.
If you missed it you can still catch up with the recording by visiting www.senseye.io and I will also share it on my 'Knowledge' page here when it is available.
Working with Glued Ltd on image
As part of our business planning we have been working with Glued Ltd for the past couple of months exploring how UPTIME Consultant and UPTIME Consultant Academy should look in the future.
You can only spend so long ruminating over these things yourself before having to get a third party view, they have definitely seen things we do that were not apparent to us, we were too close to see!
If you are looking for similar I can recommend David and Rob at Glued.
Telling your Business Story
Vikki Kirby of Vibrato Consulting here telling us a story at Glued Ltd headquarters
This is the second half day workshop I have attended this year organised by Rob Harrison of Glued, this time with guest presenter and specialist in telling a business story Vikki Kirby.
Compelling content that opens your mind on what your business actually says to clients or prospects.
Namely 'Why?' do you do what you do, and what is your story, how and what drove you to be in the business you are in and more importantly why should we care?
I have found them so useful that I'm working with Glued, sense checking our brand and story by finding out what UPTIME Consultant is really about after nearly five years, setting us up for the next chapter of our story that we will share with clients, in fact anyone that will listen!
You can find out more about Glued Ltd at www.gluedlimited.co.uk and Vibrato Consulting at www.vibratoconsulting.com
Corrugate Production & Prediction
How about a mid 1950s Park Ward Bentley DHC to great you at the hotel!
Hope you like the classic car above, I will not be sharing any photos of the Smurfit Kappa processes in this post for confidentiality reasons.
I had an eye opening day long visit to one of their sites in Norwich, where I met a great team of capable engineers taking prediction seriously when it comes to managing their assets.
It was a very collaborative visit with SK, Malone Group, Omron, Senseye and Uptime Consultant pooling our knowledge to deploy a joined up solution quickly and at lower cost.
This saves a lot of false starts and wasted energy by getting the key people in the room to offer their experience and solutions.
I'm sure this will be one of the quickest and wide ranging deployments I have seen yet.
Talking the Torque with Norbar
Norbar in Banbury - The home of Torque Tools
I met Julian the Marketing Manager the other week at the 'Brand and Marketing Workshop' at Glued in Leamington Spa.
We were sat next to each other and paired up in a couple of the exercises we carried out, we were a good match as he had an engineering background and we could talk about torque (sorry that had to be done!)
I learnt so much about the Norbar company and Julian kindly invited us down to take a further look at the manufacturing and production, I know, I didn't realise myself that they actually manufactured them down in Banbury, but that is where Norbar were founded back during the early 1940s and continue to this day.
We spent a very enjoyable two hours touring the extensive site and talking about both our marketing plans, about how to engage people in what we do and more importantly why we do it.
Jenny spotted the Norbar sweets first in reception, what a great marketing tool!
The advances in Torque wrenches and multipliers was impressive, they not only have production including full machining on site but a special products cell and accredited laboratories for calibration control.
Great event at Kenilworth School
Some questions to answer and props to give them ideas
Excellent event at Kenilworth School and Sixth Form here in Warwickshire organised by the schools careers adviser Marie Brennan.
The idea was simple enough, about 25 professionals from all backgrounds seated in the hall at tables in rows.
Two groups of students from year 6 (about 13-14 yrs old?) and around 260 in total came in groups of six to sit with the adults and quiz them for six minutes about their job, then like musical chairs they all move around.
You can see the questions above, I turned the first question around and asked them what they thought I did as a job, most said builder or surveyor because of the hard hat and hi-viz!
The kids were a credit to the school and actually looked interested in what we had to say.
My main message when I talk to students about Mechanical Engineering is the transferability of skills between sectors, I go on to describe my own journey through aerospace, prototyping, motorsport, food industry, utilities and now consulting across all of these sectors to 'sell' the profession of engineering to them.
I often hear engineers calling out for more youngsters to join our industry, I say the way to go is to get into schools and talk to kids about the opportunities, that's the best way of getting new engineers in my opinion.