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Checklists: Often-Overlooked Improvement Tools
Bob Williamson, CMRP, CPMM, MIAM, Editor
Maintenance Management, RAM’s Human Factor
The RAM Review
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“D’ya think I’m stupid? Checklists are for dummies.” “I know what I’m doing. I’ve done it for years.” “Why would I ever need a checklist?” These types of remarks sum up what, even now, is a widely held view among maintenance and reliability teams on many plant floors.
When performing an infrared inspection of the interior of a building, you may be able to visually observe full-size thermal images without your thermal imager. The cause of this phenomenon is simple dust and dirt normally found within most buildings.
Oct. 7, 2019, McAllen, TX—The RAM Review is now live. This new online information source is dedicated to providing thought-provoking, technical perspectives, practical tips, details on value-adding solutions, and industry news and views related to crucial issues of reliability, operational availability, and maintenance (RAM) throughout industry. The focus will be on the ever-important important “people” and “process” sides of these issues.
Thermal image shows thermal profile across a working steam trap. Infrared inspection conducted with the steam system under load. Taken by Stockton Infrared, this thermal image was the 1st Place winner - Mechanical Category in the annual Image Contest held during the IR/INFO 2017 Conference.