New equipment configuration and work practice changes enable significant improvements in safety and efficiency
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Type:  Best Practice

Publisher:  SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA

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Topics:  Chemical Safety, Environmental Protection, Ergonomics, Occupational Safety and Health, Engineering, Operations, Maintenance, Quality Assurance, Fall Protection

Recently, SLACs Facilities & Operations (F&O) division reviewed their equipment measurement locations and compiled a list of the most hazardous locations for technicians to access. Taking this data, F&O came up with a less hazardous configuration and improved methods for obtaining predictive maintenance information in the field. In this example, new vibration signal monitoring connections for cooling tower fans were constructed and relocated from the top of SLAC Cooling Tower 101 to ground level, which eliminated the need for maintenance personnel to climb two-story ladders and work aloft to take measurements.

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