MACHINE MAINTENANCE TRAINING FOR OPERATORS

COURSE 730: 3 DAYS: Max 4 Candidates

This course provides operators with the basic engineering skills necessary to perform routine product line changes and maintenance tasks, including the removal and replacement of components, cleaning, lubrication and inspection.

PARTICIPANTS

Line operators with little or no engineering skills who wish to take on the responsibility of primary asset care. Operator asset care is the key to reduced downtime and a decrease of emergency repair work by the maintenance team. The course was developed to provide technically competent operators with a real sense of ownership of their production assets. The Mechanical Isolation (Course 620) is recommended for candidates who attend this course.

COURSE PRESENTATION

The course format is very much 'hands on' - the emphasis being on development of sound practical skills within the context of safe working practices.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

On completion of the course, participants will be able to

Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the Technical Training Solutions competence certificate 730: Machine Maintenance for Operators.

What do candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course actually do?

We begin by ensuring that candidates are aware of the various tools available, and the correct ways in which they should be used, bearing in mind their personal safety and avoiding damage to machinery. Candidates have access to a wide range of hand tools on the course and are given clear and concise course notes to reinforce the training exercises.

Page 18 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators, where we teach the candidates about the commonly used tools that they need to be familiar with and how to use them Page 26 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators, depicting an exercise where candidates have to name and describe the commonly used tools Page 28 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators, describing the importance of the correct application of torque

Page 18 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course, where we teach the candidates about the commonly used tools that they need to be familiar with and how to use them

Page 26 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course, depicting an exercise where candidates have to name and describe the commonly used tools

Page 28 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course, describing the importance of the correct application of torque

Through the use of product handling components such as belts, chains and shafts, student get hands-on experience of alignment, tensioning and first-line maintenance. Students are encouraged to examine bearings and transmission components for signs of wear.

Timing belts analysed by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators Timing belts analysed by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators

Timing belts analysed by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course

Shafts and bearings analysed by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators Chains analysed by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators

Shafts and bearings analysed by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course

Chains analysed by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course

In addition to understanding the need for lubrication and general wellbeing of machinery, students are given a clear understanding of the health and safety issues connected to their role in the work place. For instance, the responsibility of a duty holder, the safe isolation of equipment and knowing at all times when it is safe (or not safe) to work. Throughout the three-day course a number of practical and written assessments are made in a stress-free manner. Candidates also practice writing clear task instructions, which they exchange with others members of the group. The purpose of these exercises is to illustrate the importance of producing clear and simple information in a logical sequence.

For example, candidates practice selecting the correct tools for tightening various fixings, exploring the issues of incorrect thread matches, cross-threading etc.

The threads and fixings exercise that candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators practice with

The threads and fixings exercise that candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course practice with

Gaskets are made and placed between flanges to enable students to see for themselves the effects of uneven torque settings.

The tightening-torque exercise that candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators practice with

The tightening-torque exercise that candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course practice with

Candidates also gain some practice of producing simple method statements for a range of tasks, using various training rigs. Examples of some pages from the course notes for this section of the course follow:

Page 51 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators, describing the importance of correct belt and pulley alignment Page 66 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators, which discusses the importance of correct chain tension and alignment Page 69 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators, describing how conveyor belts are tensioned and aligned

Page 51 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course, describing the importance of correct belt and pulley alignment

Page 66 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course, which discusses the importance of correct chain tension and alignment

Page 69 of the course notes for the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course, describing how conveyor belts are tensioned and aligned

The rigs used require safe isolation before working on them and this issue can therefore be explored before chain and belt change and tensioning exercises are performed.

The isolation rig used by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators The belt conveyor rig used by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators

The isolation rig used by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course

The belt conveyor rig used by candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course

Below is an Example Video of candidates on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators Course performing chain alignment and tensioning.

 

If you would like to see some of the equipment used on the Machine Maintenance Training for Operators course for yourself, then please call us to arrange a visit to our offices in Kent. Alternatively, we can visit you anywhere in the British Isles.

 

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