In the world of Reliability there is no shortage of tools, technologies, software programs, and metrics to help any facility achieve results. However, you can buy all the gadgets and gizmos you want and pair them with cutting edge software but without the proper training you might get results, but they won’t be game changing.
Imagine buying a brand new entertainment system. You’ve got a 65” flat screen, Blue Ray dvd,
surround sound and a fancy new remote that can be programmed to control all of
it. You see that it comes with a manual
but you simply toss it aside because let’s face it, it’s just a remote, how
hard can it be. Fast forward to a month
down the road where you find yourself still using a remote for the tv, one for
the cable box, one for the dvd player and another to turn up the volume.
Fortunately, in the Reliability community there is no shortage of training
courses, books, articles, blogs, and manuals to help everyone achieve the
maximum results possible. At UE System’s
we take training very seriously and work to ensure that every customer is
trained to get the most out of our equipment and software.
At this year’s Ultrasound World conference I was thrilled and also proud to see
four of my former Level 1 students featured as speakers. Todd Fraser, Charles Strawn, Ron Tangen and
David Zweigenbaum are all graduates of our Level 1 Airborne/Structure BorneUltrasound certification course and are a testament to the value of learning. Todd’s presentation proved that with the
right tool (an Ultraprobe 10,000) and the necessary training he could take his Proctor
& Gamble facility to new heights and from 27 rotating equipment failures in
one year to ZERO over the past three.
For Charles Strawn of International Paper, his tool is an Ultraprobe 15,000 and
he has attended both the Level 1 and Level 2 courses and the results he shared
were staggering. He has not only saved
his company over 4.5 hours a week in inspection time, but translate that to
dollars saved and he’s looking like a King at his facility.
Ron Tangen, who is also Level 1 and Level 2 certified discussed how just 10
years ago, his organization, Dakota Gasification, went from owning ultrasound
and infrared equipment and never using it, to today where they not only have
upgraded their instruments but have now implemented a thorough, effective and
successful Ultrasound program. This
program saves time, energy, and money on a daily basis.
For David Zweigenbaum of General Mills, his success came from learning how
Ultrasound and Infrared complement one another which has led his organization
to find even more areas for cost and energy savings.
For me, this is what it’s all about.
Equipping our customers with the latest advances in Ultrasound
technology and then working with them to get the most out of their
investment. As I watched these four
former students up there in front of their peers I couldn’t help but feel a
sense of accomplishment and I look forward to seeing what my next batch of
students is able to achieve!