January 20, 2018

Skills training is key to optimising reliability solutions investment


If profitability and efficiency are among the goals of any machine-based operation, then a good reliability solutions programme is imperative.
Through reliability solutions services, such as oil analysis, thermal imaging, vibration monitoring, balancing, laser alignment and others, machines are monitored and maintained in such a way as to enable them to yield their optimum output.
Over time industrial / mechanised systems become exponentially more advanced and complicated, and so does their operation and maintenance. Therefore, it is essential that staff at the respective levels of operation are kept educated on how to run and look after the machinery.
Condition monitoring specialists WearCheck – who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year – have been running skills training courses for their customers for more than 20 years.
It has been shown time and again that skilled and well-trained machine operators are able to add to the bottom line of an industrial operation by maintaining the components efficiently, and they are able to do this because they have undergone the right training.
WearCheck’s training courses cover accurate oil analysis report interpretation, correct sample taking, pre-planned maintenance schedules and good lubricant management.
WearCheck training manager Ashley Mayer conducts condition monitoring training courses around South Africa as well as in other regions where there are WearCheck customers.

Mayer, who holds a BSc in mechanical engineering, has tailored the courses to suit a range of levels within an operation, from factory floor to senior management.

Mayer explains, ‘WearCheck understands that customers gain the highest return on investment in a condition monitoring programme if their staff understand each step of the process. We offer several training courses aimed at different levels within the process, from basic understanding of oil analysis through to management of the condition monitoring programme.

‘The course material draws heavily on WearCheck’s database of sample diagnoses accumulated over the past 40 years, as well as the 600 000 new samples we process each year, our experience with a wide variety of makes and models of machinery, and regional and global data on wear trends.

Oil Analysis One covers two full days and costs R5 250.00. Oil Analysis Two covers one full day and costs R1 525.00. All courses include course material, refreshments, giveaways and certificates. Prices exclude VAT and are subject to change. Both of these courses can be presented at the customer’s venue, and courses can also be customised to specific customer requirements.

WearCheck also offers two more on-site courses:
• WearCheck Practical (in English or Zulu), a half day course costing R650.00 plus VAT per delegate
• WearCheck Customised – oil analysis for workshop technicians, a full day course costing R2 650.00 plus VAT per delegate.

All courses can be presented at the customer’s premises for a minimum of seven delegates. There may be an additional charge for the lecturer’s travel and accommodation, if needed.

Oil analysis training courses can also be arranged in any of the following areas:
Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Kimberley, Makopane, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, Steelpoort, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania (Mwanza), Zambia (Kitwe) – in fact, anywhere in the world.


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