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Maintenance tech tip
Using diagnostics in RS-Logix® (Allen Bradley®) PLC programs.

These tools will decrease your downtime while troubleshooting and enhance your machine monitoring capabilities.

Note: All diagnostic enhancements are passive to, and will in no way change the existing ladder logic.

1. Open your PLC program in RSLogix® and click on the "Advanced Diagnostics" option from the "Search" pull down menu on the top of your screen.
2. The "Advanced Diagnostics" dialog box will appear on your screen. Your current program may be displaying just an empty dialog box. (An empty dialog box indicates your program has not been completely descriptored. Some OEMs will not completely describe the elements of your PLC program to save time (cost), for proprietary reasons, to increase your dependency on service from them or other reasons. :>)
3. Some of the element of a PLC program that need descriptions for better understanding and quicker troubleshooting of the program are; input - output descriptions, rung comments, and page titles. With these three description types in place and the advanced diagnostic tool, you can quickly work your way thru a program for troubleshooting and understanding.
4. As you click on descriptions in the advanced diagnostics dialog box, the window showing your actual ladder logic will always automatically navigate to the program section or output you have selected.

For screen shot and more information on this topic, please see http://www.bin95.com/technical_training.htm

 

 

Reader Feedback
Subject: Manpower utilisation and productivity standard

Good day

Thank you ,Feedforward ,for the useful information I receive .I work for a water utility in South Africa , I would like to know what the global standards for productivity versus manpower utilisation .Although we achieve 92 % manpower utilisation ,our productivity is only 65%. Just for interest sake ,please forward me a standard calculation for manpower utilisation and productivity for maintenance personnel.

Best regards
Maintenance Support Services Manager


Dear Maintenance Manager:

Mike forward your message on to me as eh is familiar with my ebook and website on "The True Cost of Downtime". As I do touch on the topic slightly from an angle of realizing and calculating all manpower associated with a particular incident.

On with you question though. :>) I have not heard and do not believe it possible for an International (Global) manpower utilization standard to exist. The standard would vary due to multiple variables that exist. The first that comes to mind is a country's cultural and work environment differences.

For example in Mexico it is quite common for employees to take a siesta (nap) during the work shift. Another example would be the difference between Japan's and USA work culture. America's maintenance would score very low on Japan's maintenance productivity scale. (Trust me, I have worked with both. :>)

My conclusion would be the rating of manpower utilization should be a benchmark tool only. With the focus not so much on the score, but the improvement of the score. Even if you try to compare your score with another facility in a like industry, there would be great inaccuracies. For example you could have a new facility while the comparison facility is very old equipment. Also the political environments of the two facilities could greatly effect the score. Not to mention the methodology and accuracy of calculating manpower utilization could vary.

If you take my advice and develop a constant method of measurement and focus on increasing productivity, you may want to explorer some sources I will list below. If reading Mike's article on "The Japanese Maintenance WAR" fed your thought about productivity, you may want to get his complete EBook on the topic. Also the Ebook I wrote about the "True Cost of Downtime" will give you great insight on manpower utilization.

If you are still interested in pursuing a standard to compare to, try local organizations and government surveys. The South African Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers is a good place to start. There is usually a department with in organizations who can best guide you with these questions. In ICMEE it used to ironically be named "Department of Manpower Utilisation". Not sure what it is these days.

Like I mentioned above, each country has it's own related resources. Like Taiwan's Manpower Utilization Survey (TMUS). The USA has the National Census. You may want to view www.opm.gov/CLASSAPP/fedclass/Gs1531.pdf which covers manpower utilization and similar topics.

Hope this helps.

Don 


Hello Don
I hope that you are keeping very well .Thank you very much for the advise ,it is highly appreciated .I agree 100% with you ,Focus must be on continuous improvement. I will obtain your E book , ' True cost of downtime' as soon as possible.

Best regards
Maintenance Support Services Manager

 

 

Featured Article :

Defining Fluid Temperature & Viscosity Limits for Maximum Hydraulic Component Life
By Brendan Casey


World Industry News:

ARCwire for the Week Ending August 29,2003, reaching over 60,000 professionals worldwide.


Hi: Well you made it this far through the news letter, I think I should reward you with a hot tip! Should save you about oh US$900 or more. We have repackaged the Gold and Silver training CD packages which previously sold for
US$2,500 & US$1,500 respectively. As a marketing test and for a limit time this month, we have reduced the price of the new packages to only US$399 & US$299. By the end of the month we should have determined our new price for this offering, which should be a little lower than the original price of US$2,500 & US$1,500 respectively.
http://www.bin95.com/reliability_training.htm


A Good Laugh!

AND FINALLY>> Stuck under a bridge
A truck driver was driving along on the freeway.
A sign comes up that reads "low bridge ahead."
Before he knows it the bridge is right ahead of him and he gets stuck under the bridge. Cars are backed up for miles.
Finally, a police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks around to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, "Got stuck, huh?"

The truck driver says, "No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas."


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Volume 3:

Welcome: BACK to current newsletter

Please select "subscribe to newsletter" on our contact form.

RE: Feed Forward Publications sold to new owner.

"As of 1st September 2003 Don Fitchett, of Business Industrial Network (www.bin95.com), will take over the ownership and operation of Feed Forward Publications."

Hi everyone, and welcome to the new Feed Forward Newsletter! My name in Don Fitchett, founder of Business Industrial Network and new author of "The Maintenance War Newsletter ". This first area of the new newsletter will be for introductions and commentary. This month I will tell you a little about myself and the new layout of this newsletter.

I hope that you all will find this newsletter continues to be a valuable asset to your daily operations and you continue to subscribe.

First of all I would like to thank Mike Sondalini for all the great wealth of knowledge and insight he has shared with us over the years. This is not a goodbye to Mike, as I am sure being an Author is in his blood. Mike just needs a break and some change. We all should know by now change is a good thing as you could not have constant improvement with out it. Thanks again Mike, we all look forward to your future contributions to this newsletter and Feed Forward Publications.

Just as the "author" is in Mike's blood, "troubleshooting" is in mine. I will be 43 years of age tomorrow and have always said "I was born a troubleshooter" I have said this because I can not pin point a time or source where I first acquired the knack for troubleshooting. (It just come naturally.:>)

As I watch my two boys grow (Jacob just turned 8 yesterday, Jeff going on 10 years of age), I see they also have that natural knack and desire to troubleshoot. Especially when you tell them something they want is "just not possible". They will quickly come up with a respond that is off the wall (we call that "thinking out of the box" in our industry:>) on how we can resolve the problem and overcome obstacles.

My point being, as you read future commentaries by me, keep an open mind and know where I am coming from. Out of the box, ha!

As a further introduction of my self, I started out in the workforce as a maintenance person for a Japanese company in Missouri (USA). As I worked my way thru school and up in the ranks from technical troubleshooter to engineering support, my entrepreneurial spirit would not allow me to stop growing. I later became a "Technical Training Specialist", from there on to start Business Industrial Network in 1995.

So in summary and in the analogy of "The maintenance War" , I guess you could say I am a warrant officer (One who worked his way up thru the ranks). Born a troubleshooter, raised by the Japanese and other companies in the ways of world class manufacturing. :>) I also like to make attempts at humor which you can spot by the smiley brackets. :>) :>)

As for the companies I operate, I have a simple philosophy I stick to "Everyone is a customer. Give every customer more than they expect." I founded Business Industrial Network on the principle of networking people and information together so all can profit. So delivering plenty of valuable information in a newsletter should not be difficult for me. Especially since most email I reply to are considered to be the length of a newsletter. (I'm a bit long winded :>) "My background and philosophies should make for a interesting and refreshing new newsletter.

This is not my newsletter, this is your newsletter. So give me feedback on what you want and I will do my best to deliver. I have started out with the following new sections and will describe them below.

Commentary: I promise to keep this short in the future. :>)

Featured Article: Donations welcome, you do not have to be an author, just have some useful information for our readers.

Reader Feedback: I will pick a few so all can see, lets make this newsletter interactive!

Maintenance tech tip: I would prefer this be a respond to a reader's request, but we have plenty of technical advice and information to share with all. Any topic allowed as long as it is technical in nature. For example PLCs, motors, pumps, software, computers, etc.

Management Help: Best practice, methodologies, CMMS, out-sourcing, human resource, etc.

The World Wide Web: Here I will point your browser to related or useful information on the internet.

World Industry News: This area will have a variety of sources from our own company news, other newsletters and from ARCwire the leader in industry news.

A Good Laugh! As if my own spelling, grammar and smiley brackets are not enough to make you laugh. :>) I will try to find you some good stuff. Being a workaholic by nature, you guys and gals will have to help me out and email me what you find worthy. :>)


Want more detailed PLC and SCADA training? Please see ...

On-Line SCADA and PLC Course recognized by Engineers Australia for CPD purposes!

Also please see "PLC Trainer (equipment)" and the "PLC Training CBT".


The World Wide Web:

The group that performed Joel's song for his MP3 was "Harley & the Hot Spots". If you visit Harley's website download area you can download more related songs they wrote and performed. http://oregoninfrared.com/freedownloads.htm

My favorite is the "PowerLine Blues", and fitting for the recent power outage we had here in the USA.

To Learn more about Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), then advancing to Total Effective Equipment Productivity (TEEP) visit http://www.downtimecentral.com/oee_teep.htm where you will also find an OEE online calculator.

For ebooks written by Mike Sondalini, please visit http://www.bin95.com/ebooks/ where we implemented a new instant download system.

We are currently redesigning the www.feedforward.com.au site too, which should be done in a week. This site will also include our new automated instant download tool as well as contain the Bearing care simulation game mini website: previously referred to as http://www.doitsimulations.com by past news letters. (We found that url not to be pointing to the correct location and are in the process of correcting the issue. Please see www.feedforward.com.au for the bearing simulation training CD.)


Best regards and thanks for being a subscriber to this newsletter,

Don Fitchett
Managing Editor
Feed Forward Publications
http://www.feedforward.com.au

Tel : (573) 547-5630
www.feedforward.com.au teaches your maintenance crew engineering and asset care knowledge so that they can solve more problems, become more knowledgeable, make better decisions and your plant runs more reliably!

Please select "subscribe to newsletter" on our contact form.

Volume 3:

Welcome: BACK to current newsletter

Please select "subscribe to newsletter" on our contact form.

RE: Feed Forward Publications sold to new owner.

"As of 1st September 2003 Don Fitchett, of Business Industrial Network (www.bin95.com), will take over the ownership and operation of Feed Forward Publications."

Hi everyone, and welcome to the new Feed Forward Newsletter! My name in Don Fitchett, founder of Business Industrial Network and new author of "The Maintenance War Newsletter ". This first area of the new newsletter will be for introductions and commentary. This month I will tell you a little about myself and the new layout of this newsletter.

I hope that you all will find this newsletter continues to be a valuable asset to your daily operations and you continue to subscribe.

First of all I would like to thank Mike Sondalini for all the great wealth of knowledge and insight he has shared with us over the years. This is not a goodbye to Mike, as I am sure being an Author is in his blood. Mike just needs a break and some change. We all should know by now change is a good thing as you could not have constant improvement with out it. Thanks again Mike, we all look forward to your future contributions to this newsletter and Feed Forward Publications.

Just as the "author" is in Mike's blood, "troubleshooting" is in mine. I will be 43 years of age tomorrow and have always said "I was born a troubleshooter" I have said this because I can not pin point a time or source where I first acquired the knack for troubleshooting. (It just come naturally.:>)

As I watch my two boys grow (Jacob just turned 8 yesterday, Jeff going on 10 years of age), I see they also have that natural knack and desire to troubleshoot. Especially when you tell them something they want is "just not possible". They will quickly come up with a respond that is off the wall (we call that "thinking out of the box" in our industry:>) on how we can resolve the problem and overcome obstacles.

My point being, as you read future commentaries by me, keep an open mind and know where I am coming from. Out of the box, ha!

As a further introduction of my self, I started out in the workforce as a maintenance person for a Japanese company in Missouri (USA). As I worked my way thru school and up in the ranks from technical troubleshooter to engineering support, my entrepreneurial spirit would not allow me to stop growing. I later became a "Technical Training Specialist", from there on to start Business Industrial Network in 1995.

So in summary and in the analogy of "The maintenance War" , I guess you could say I am a warrant officer (One who worked his way up thru the ranks). Born a troubleshooter, raised by the Japanese and other companies in the ways of world class manufacturing. :>) I also like to make attempts at humor which you can spot by the smiley brackets. :>) :>)

As for the companies I operate, I have a simple philosophy I stick to "Everyone is a customer. Give every customer more than they expect." I founded Business Industrial Network on the principle of networking people and information together so all can profit. So delivering plenty of valuable information in a newsletter should not be difficult for me. Especially since most email I reply to are considered to be the length of a newsletter. (I'm a bit long winded :>) "My background and philosophies should make for a interesting and refreshing new newsletter.

This is not my newsletter, this is your newsletter. So give me feedback on what you want and I will do my best to deliver. I have started out with the following new sections and will describe them below.

Commentary: I promise to keep this short in the future. :>)

Featured Article: Donations welcome, you do not have to be an author, just have some useful information for our readers.

Reader Feedback: I will pick a few so all can see, lets make this newsletter interactive!

Maintenance tech tip: I would prefer this be a respond to a reader's request, but we have plenty of technical advice and information to share with all. Any topic allowed as long as it is technical in nature. For example PLCs, motors, pumps, software, computers, etc.

Management Help: Best practice, methodologies, CMMS, out-sourcing, human resource, etc.

The World Wide Web: Here I will point your browser to related or useful information on the internet.

World Industry News: This area will have a variety of sources from our own company news, other newsletters and from ARCwire the leader in industry news.

A Good Laugh! As if my own spelling, grammar and smiley brackets are not enough to make you laugh. :>) I will try to find you some good stuff. Being a workaholic by nature, you guys and gals will have to help me out and email me what you find worthy. :>)


Want more detailed PLC and SCADA training? Please see ...

On-Line SCADA and PLC Course recognized by Engineers Australia for CPD purposes!

Also please see "PLC Trainer (equipment)" and the "PLC Training CBT".


The World Wide Web:

The group that performed Joel's song for his MP3 was "Harley & the Hot Spots". If you visit Harley's website download area you can download more related songs they wrote and performed. http://oregoninfrared.com/freedownloads.htm

My favorite is the "PowerLine Blues", and fitting for the recent power outage we had here in the USA.

To Learn more about Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), then advancing to Total Effective Equipment Productivity (TEEP) visit http://www.downtimecentral.com/oee_teep.htm where you will also find an OEE online calculator.

For ebooks written by Mike Sondalini, please visit http://www.bin95.com/ebooks/ where we implemented a new instant download system.

We are currently redesigning the www.feedforward.com.au site too, which should be done in a week. This site will also include our new automated instant download tool as well as contain the Bearing care simulation game mini website: previously referred to as http://www.doitsimulations.com by past news letters. (We found that url not to be pointing to the correct location and are in the process of correcting the issue. Please see www.feedforward.com.au for the bearing simulation training CD.)


Best regards and thanks for being a subscriber to this newsletter,

Don Fitchett
Managing Editor
Feed Forward Publications
http://www.feedforward.com.au

Tel : (573) 547-5630
www.feedforward.com.au teaches your maintenance crew engineering and asset care knowledge so that they can solve more problems, become more knowledgeable, make better decisions and your plant runs more reliably!

Please select "subscribe to newsletter" on our contact form.

Maintenance tech tip
Using diagnostics in RS-Logix® (Allen Bradley®) PLC programs.

These tools will decrease your downtime while troubleshooting and enhance your machine monitoring capabilities.

Note: All diagnostic enhancements are passive to, and will in no way change the existing ladder logic.

1. Open your PLC program in RSLogix® and click on the "Advanced Diagnostics" option from the "Search" pull down menu on the top of your screen.
2. The "Advanced Diagnostics" dialog box will appear on your screen. Your current program may be displaying just an empty dialog box. (An empty dialog box indicates your program has not been completely descriptored. Some OEMs will not completely describe the elements of your PLC program to save time (cost), for proprietary reasons, to increase your dependency on service from them or other reasons. :>)
3. Some of the element of a PLC program that need descriptions for better understanding and quicker troubleshooting of the program are; input - output descriptions, rung comments, and page titles. With these three description types in place and the advanced diagnostic tool, you can quickly work your way thru a program for troubleshooting and understanding.
4. As you click on descriptions in the advanced diagnostics dialog box, the window showing your actual ladder logic will always automatically navigate to the program section or output you have selected.

For screen shot and more information on this topic, please see http://www.bin95.com/technical_training.htm

 

 

Reader Feedback
Subject: Manpower utilisation and productivity standard

Good day

Thank you ,Feedforward ,for the useful information I receive .I work for a water utility in South Africa , I would like to know what the global standards for productivity versus manpower utilisation .Although we achieve 92 % manpower utilisation ,our productivity is only 65%. Just for interest sake ,please forward me a standard calculation for manpower utilisation and productivity for maintenance personnel.

Best regards
Maintenance Support Services Manager


Dear Maintenance Manager:

Mike forward your message on to me as eh is familiar with my ebook and website on "The True Cost of Downtime". As I do touch on the topic slightly from an angle of realizing and calculating all manpower associated with a particular incident.

On with you question though. :>) I have not heard and do not believe it possible for an International (Global) manpower utilization standard to exist. The standard would vary due to multiple variables that exist. The first that comes to mind is a country's cultural and work environment differences.

For example in Mexico it is quite common for employees to take a siesta (nap) during the work shift. Another example would be the difference between Japan's and USA work culture. America's maintenance would score very low on Japan's maintenance productivity scale. (Trust me, I have worked with both. :>)

My conclusion would be the rating of manpower utilization should be a benchmark tool only. With the focus not so much on the score, but the improvement of the score. Even if you try to compare your score with another facility in a like industry, there would be great inaccuracies. For example you could have a new facility while the comparison facility is very old equipment. Also the political environments of the two facilities could greatly effect the score. Not to mention the methodology and accuracy of calculating manpower utilization could vary.

If you take my advice and develop a constant method of measurement and focus on increasing productivity, you may want to explorer some sources I will list below. If reading Mike's article on "The Japanese Maintenance WAR" fed your thought about productivity, you may want to get his complete EBook on the topic. Also the Ebook I wrote about the "True Cost of Downtime" will give you great insight on manpower utilization.

If you are still interested in pursuing a standard to compare to, try local organizations and government surveys. The South African Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers is a good place to start. There is usually a department with in organizations who can best guide you with these questions. In ICMEE it used to ironically be named "Department of Manpower Utilisation". Not sure what it is these days.

Like I mentioned above, each country has it's own related resources. Like Taiwan's Manpower Utilization Survey (TMUS). The USA has the National Census. You may want to view www.opm.gov/CLASSAPP/fedclass/Gs1531.pdf which covers manpower utilization and similar topics.

Hope this helps.

Don 


Hello Don
I hope that you are keeping very well .Thank you very much for the advise ,it is highly appreciated .I agree 100% with you ,Focus must be on continuous improvement. I will obtain your E book , ' True cost of downtime' as soon as possible.

Best regards
Maintenance Support Services Manager

 

 

Featured Article :

Defining Fluid Temperature & Viscosity Limits for Maximum Hydraulic Component Life
By Brendan Casey


World Industry News:

ARCwire for the Week Ending August 29,2003, reaching over 60,000 professionals worldwide.


Hi: Well you made it this far through the news letter, I think I should reward you with a hot tip! Should save you about oh US$900 or more. We have repackaged the Gold and Silver training CD packages which previously sold for
US$2,500 & US$1,500 respectively. As a marketing test and for a limit time this month, we have reduced the price of the new packages to only US$399 & US$299. By the end of the month we should have determined our new price for this offering, which should be a little lower than the original price of US$2,500 & US$1,500 respectively.
http://www.bin95.com/reliability_training.htm


A Good Laugh!

AND FINALLY>> Stuck under a bridge
A truck driver was driving along on the freeway.
A sign comes up that reads "low bridge ahead."
Before he knows it the bridge is right ahead of him and he gets stuck under the bridge. Cars are backed up for miles.
Finally, a police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks around to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, "Got stuck, huh?"

The truck driver says, "No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas."


Archives ...

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