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Reliability Solutions - Essential Craft Skills II

Component Failure: identify and control … continuing the lessons learned in craft skills machine assembly and installation that began a precision approach to the required essentials, “component failure identify and control”, provides craft technicians with an analytical, application based approach to better find, recognize and significantly reduce common machinery problems and failures. It is a realization that there are a significant number of equipment failures every day that have nothing to do with a precise alignment or balance.

This session focuses on specific issues that surround the practices and components that commonly fail in plants namely; bearings, lubrication, couplings and sealing systems. This unique approach continues to raise the bar and help place the “craft” back in craftsman. The class begins with learning correct ways to disassemble failed machines to effectively and efficiently document failure symptoms and use those symptoms to assist in determining the root cause of failure. Having correctly identified the source of failure this seminar moves provides attendees with a real and working practical knowledge of various bearing applications, identification, removal/installation techniques and tips, interpretation of correct fit charts with exercises. Focus continues on the correct application of proven, essential lubrication best practice skills, (selection, properties, types, housing, delivery systems), with a particular emphasis on the smaller everyday balance of plant machines that represent the majority of the asset base. In the power transmission section, attendees are introduced to the correct selection, installation, inspection and lubrication of commonly found couplings. The session finishes with an introduction to various shaft sealing systems, allowing attendees to better recognize and field correct typical failure modes. Key elements of this seminar include immediately applicable knowledge, with “hands on”, “performance based” class exercises. Where appropriate these class exercises use “working” and “dynamically running” demonstrators. System “performance” measurements are completed in the classroom and provide technicians with an immediate feedback on the results and application value of applied techniques. These hands-on exercises comprise approximately 50% of the class.

The seminar is designed as a continuation of knowledge for past machinery assembly and installation attendees including; craft technicians, maintenance/operations first line supervision, engineers, reliability team leaders, and any others who have responsibility to improve site reliability and manufacturing profitability. The class is typically five full days in duration.

Subjects …included but not limited to:

Improvement by Precision

  • Review results of Precision Maintenance
  • How has our responsibility changed
  • The role of the technician in determining machinery failures

Machinery Inspection Techniques

  •  Visual, Audible, Tactile
  •  Quantifying inspections
  •  Vibration & Temperature

Determining Failure Through Inspection

  • Don’t destroy the evidence
  • Failure terms, causes and symptoms
  • Bearing, coupling, sealing system failures

Rolling Element Bearings

  • Dismounting & mounting techniques
  • Installation and Removal Tools
  • Un-mounted bearing precision installation
  • Oil Injection Systems
  • Precision Installation of mounted bearings
  • Checking and setting clearances


  • Fundamentals and selection criteria
  • Purpose of lubricants, Lubricant films
  • Properties & application of lubricants
  • Contamination, prevention & control
  •  Practical field analysis & troubleshooting
  • Lubricant maintenance

Power Transmission Devices

  • Comparing coupling types
  • Correct selection criteria
  • Precision coupling inspection & installation
  • Lubricating couplings

Shaft Sealing Systems

  • Introduction to sealing methodology
  • Packing types, installation & adjustment
  • Mechanical seal types
  • Seal flush/cooling systems

Course Details

Continuing Education Credits Included
Format: Public Course
Category: Completion of Essential Craft Skills 1 Course Required For This Training
Language: English

Member Rate:$1,800
Non Member Rate: $1,950

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Monday, December 6 at 8:00am to 4:30pm

More dates through December 10, 2021

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