A Working Guide to Process Equipment by Norman P. Lieberman

By Norman P. Lieberman

Chemical engineers and technicians usually cannot determine the resource of kit malfunctions simply because they do not know how the gear works. This easy-to-read consultant bargains reasons of the interior workings of kit in petroleum refineries, chemical and pharmaceutical crops, fertilizer vegetation, and different non-stop method amenities. guidance, labored out calculations, and straightforward procedure figures expedite troubleshooting of difficulties in warmers, generators, vacuum platforms, instrumentation, refrigeration platforms, compressors, and masses extra.

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Electric and gas utilities have been tapping into the market for post­warranty support of heating and air-­conditioning equipment with their own prepaid or monthly billable services. At the household level, we weigh the risks (mostly price) of calling for repair without a contract against the emotional comfort of having such costs fixed. This is the insurance value of any maintenance contract. Hardware Maintenance Maintenance for technology hardware products means physical break–fix activities either within or outside of warranty.

The disruptive approach toward defect support advocated in this book is one of the most important tools remaining for equipment owners to regain control of the product lifecycle. Initial Support and Maintenance • 35 HARDWARE MAINTENANCE There are two kinds of maintenance: (1) actions designed to prevent equipment failure, known as Preventative Maintenance (PM); and (2) repair in the event of equipment failure. PM no longer exists for electronic assets, but remains meaningful for printers and other output devices with mechanical parts, dust generation from paper handling, and other mechanical wear issues.

Eventually, the broken device has to be repaired and returned to service, which requires the attention of a technician. Users of equipment in inaccessible locations (such as those atop power poles or radio towers) are particularly sensitive to the high costs of on-­site visits. Fault-­tolerant is a synonym for redundant. A fault-­tolerant system has additional components intended to take over in the event of hardware Initial Support and Maintenance • 37 failure. As more applications are developed that require 24/7 availability, more equipment is being purchased with redundant parts.

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