Mechanical Training Courses

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    Asset Maintenance Management

    Delegates who take this 2-day course will learn:


    • The state of play in the War for Talent.
    • The importance of “know-how” when attracting star performers.
    • The rules for managing a Succession Plan.
    • How to build a leadership pipeline.
    • The advantages and disadvantages of retention.

    Who should attend?

    • Talent Managers
    • Talent Sourcing Managers
    • Leadership Development Directors Managers
    • Human Resources Directors / Managers/
    • Human Resources Consultants
    • Executive Training Directors / Managers

    Bearings Masterclass

    Bearings, of either the plain or rolling element type are one of the commonest machine elements. They are also remarkable pieces of precision engineering, which are often not treated with the respect that they deserve. Lubrication and installation issues cause 90% of all bearing failures and yet in practice often not enough attention is paid to these issues.

    This course introduces design and maintenance personnel to the basic types of bearings and common nomenclature used. Bearing design, installation and maintenance is discussed with a focus on preventing premature failure. The participant is also trained to analyze failed bearings so a similar occurrence will not happen again.

    Who should attend?

    Best Practices In Multishift Management

    All industries are highly competitive so in order to compete successfully, 24-hour operations must continuously improve to achieve the highest possible standards at all times.

    For a facility to operate safely and efficiently 24/7, it is necessary to apply shift-working best practices. Multiple-shift operation poses a challenge because of the potential for fatigue and disconnects caused by the fact that the personnel are changing every few hours. This can result in a significantly increased risk of incidents and operational problems such as reduced throughput, poor communication and increased levels of waste.

    Who should attend?

    Boiler Technology Masterclass Illustrating Best Methods To Safely & Efficiently Operate Boiler Plants

    This course will address the key issues and challenges of:


    • Increased demand for production efficiency; imperative need to improve boiler efficiency and productivity
    • High cost of operation and maintenance of the boiler.
    • Critical water quality and treatment management.
    • Complicated process and high cost of repairing of the boiler.
    • Urgent need to improve energy efficiency
    • Low level of awareness of safety.

    Who should attend?

    Commissioning Of Plant & Equipment & Facilities

    Specific aims and objectives of this course include:


    • To address the key activities involved in the safe, effective and timely installation, commissioning start-up and ramp-up of a new equipment, plant or facility.
    • How to identify possible costly delays.
    • How to deal with problems that will result in prolonged and costly delays.
    • How to achieve a successful plant start-up.

    Who should attend?

    Compressors: Design, Selection, Operation & Maintenance

    Compressors are devices for compressing air or other gases for use in industrial processes. There are many different types of compressor, including reciprocating, axial flow, centrifugal flow, roots blowers and other types. To achieve the maximum reliability and efficiency of such machines it is necessary to understand the physical laws behind their operation and hence the selection of one or another of the various types.

    Compressors are used in almost every industry, including:

    • Power generation
    • Petrochemical plants
    • Chemical plants
    • Mines
    • Mineral processing plants
    • Municipalities
    • Vehicle production plants

    This course will deal with:


    • Selection criteria
    • Sizing calculations
    • Operational criteria
    • Maintenance requirements
    • Troubleshooting
    • Vibration analysis

    Who should attend?

    Condition Monitoring: Vibration, Oils Analysis & Thermography

    Delegates who take this 2-day course will be able to:


    • Apply the latest techniques in condition monitoring.
    • Understand the analysis and implementation of predictive maintenance strategies and procedures.
    • Identify the various maintenance strategies used in condition monitoring and determine the factors, which influence maintenance strategies.
    • Discover the various types & causes of machinery failure.
    • Heighten in-depth understanding of machinery vibrations Recognize phase & vibration measurements and describe excitation frequencies & mode shapes.
    • Characterize data acquisition systems and techniques and determine their importance in vibration analysis,

    Who should attend?

    • Works Engineers
    • Works Managers
    • Senior Artisans
    • Maintenance Engineers
    • Maintenance Planners and Schedulers
    • Reliability Engineers
    • Condition Monitoring Staff

    Effective Plant Reliability & Predictive Maintenance

    This course is designed to equip students with the latest theory and practice in the field of Reliability Engineering, and then apply it to the maintenance of electrical and mechanical systems. Structure of the course: a unique emphasis. It is the outcome of the presenter’s twenty five years of experience in the synthesis, verification and specification of large system reliability and availability, containing the techniques which he has found to be practical and useful and leaving out the rest. The course is comprehensive in its approach, combining theory, worked examples, problems for the student and case studies as applicable. Cases are supported by video material.

    Who should attend?

    Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning

    Delegates who take this 2-day course will:


    • Get to create and maintain a comfortable environment within a building.
    • Get to design an efficient HVAC system by integrating the five loops of HVAC
    • Be able to analyze and calculate cooling load.
    • Select the appropriate system for a comfort air quality.

    Who should attend?

    • Engineers/Technicians/ HVAC Process Control Engineer
    • Operation Personnel/ Plant Engineers
    • Mechanical Engineers
    • HVAC Maintenance Personnel/ Service Technicians
    • HVAC Technicians and Supervisors

    Machinery Failure Analysis, Prevention & Troubleshooting

    This course explores a systematic approach to successful failure analysis and troubleshooting, including the determination of goals, use of checklists and setting up a failure analysis team. By reference to specific case studies, it will be shown that such a systematic program can lead to significant failure reductions in many types of machinery. Through examples dealing with pumps and compressors, guidance is given on vendor selection and methods for reliability review.

    Included are illustrative examples in pumps, centrifugal compressors, blowers and fans, reciprocating compressors, engines and gas turbines. Next, a systematic approach to generalized machinery problem-solving is described in terms of situation analysis, cause analysis, action generation, decision-making and planning for change. Finally, a root cause failure analysis (RCFA) method is explained in detail.

    Who should attend?

    Maintenance Planning, Scheduling & Work Control

    It could be said that maintenance is the final business frontier. All other areas of business have been optimized: financial controls, logistical support, market research etc. have all been optimized and therefore there is little a company can do to improve itself and score a competitive advantage over its opposition. But maintenance has yet to be optimized.

    Many companies still regard the maintenance function as a necessary evil. They should rather see it as offering a competitive advantage. If we optimize the maintenance function, we see that putting more money into maintenance at the beginning of the plant lifecycle can result in savings due to increased availability, as well as decreased maintenance expenditure later in the lifecycle.

    Who should attend?

    Mechanical Seals

    Sealing rotating shafts in fluid transfer machinery such as pumps and turbines has always been problematic. There are basically three ways in which a fluid under pressure in a machine can be prevented from leaking out from around a rotating shaft:

    • By use of a Stuffing Box, which seals (imperfectly) against the surface of the shaft. This is an axial seal.
    • The second type seal is the Labyrinth Seal, which works by dropping the pressure of the fluid by expanding it through a series of chambers. This is also an axial seal.
    • The third type of seal is the Mechanical Seal, which acts in a radial direction, putting pressure onto a rotating flange. This course is about this type of seal which is steadily replacing the stuffing box type of seal in many applications.

    Who should attend?

    Pressure Relief Valves

    Some form of safety valve or bursting disc is required by law in all industrialized countries, to protect plant and personnel from the consequences of overpressure in vessels and boilers under pressure. This applies whether the content is a liquid and a gas.

    In fact, a safety or pressure relief valve can be considered the most important single safety device on a boiler or pressure vessel. If it fails to function in the manner for which it was intended and an overpressure condition develops, the result could be catastrophic.

    Like all mechanical devices, pressure relief valves require periodic maintenance and repair. To properly carry out repairs, it is essential that the work be done by trained personnel under controlled conditions, using proper parts and procedures. Samples of various pressure relieving devices will be demonstrated in class.

    Who should attend?

    Process Engineering & Design

    In our current economic climate, improving production, increasing efficiency and throughput is imperative. Choosing the correct process design in a plant is imperative in ensuring that an organization planning to sustain a viable value stream must optimize asset performance to survive. Inaccurately designed plants inflate costs and is hugely time consuming. This groundbreaking workshop seeks to find answers to the classic problems currently being experienced with process plant equipment and systems. It has been designed with a wide range of tools and techniques to improve plant performance.

    Who should attend?

    Reliability Centered Maintenance

    Successful implementation of RCM will lead to increase in cost effectiveness, machine uptime, and a greater understanding of the level of risk that the organisation is presently managing. For evaluating your equipment’s condition and effectively determining the maintenance requirements for each piece of equipment in operating context RCM is a must for every engineer, technician and artisan.

    This 2-day workshop will explore, dissect and highlight the key elements of Reliability Centred Maintenance. By emphasising the objectives, benefits and importance of RCM the facilitator will enable key learnings and discussion points creating a group environment for learning.

    RCM is about establishing the failure modes and failure effects by examining consequences of failure. These steps of proactive and predictive maintenance will ensure that future failures are minimalised.

    The importance of setting task frequencies and identifying where the responsibility lies (maintenance and operations) will assist in the evaluation of the validity of different types of proactive maintenance. These steps will be discussed among delegates and facilitator assisting with back-at-work implementation in a proactive and predictive manner. Once the optimal set of tasks and frequencies is determined, the entire infrastructure design can be re-evaluated to ensure that the tasks and frequencies are implemented. That is, manpower levels, workshop facilities, cranage, etc will be re-evaluated. In other words, an entire optimal maintenance strategy can be determined using RCM.

    Who should attend?

    Root Cause Analysis Incident Investigation

    Delegates who take this 2-day course will cover:


    • Discovering the root causes.
    • Developing confidence in investigating incidents.
    • Preparing recommendations to prevent their recurrence.
    • Developing an awareness of the tools available and their applicability depending on the situation.

    Who should attend?

    • Maintenance managers/ Maintenance engineers/ Industrial engineers/ Production managers
    • Insurance investigators/ Safety inspectors/ Lawyers involved in industry/ Loss control officers
    • Fire engineers/ Fire prevention consultants/ Trade union officials concerned with worker safety
    • Human resource professionals, involved with employee health and safety Responsible persons in terms of the OHS act Laboratory managers

     Technical Report Writing

    Communication is one of the most important aspects of business life – indeed of all life. Even animals depend for their survival on communication. For anyone aspiring to an engineering or management position, communication skills are vital. In fact it has been shown that the better communicators in the engineering profession are the ones that become engineering managers. As a sub-set of Communication, Technical Report Writing forms an important part of any engineer’s life.

    With this in mind, the course offers practical examples on how to structure convincing and lucid reports, which will create the desired attention of all who read them.

    Who should attend?

    • Engineers
    • Technicians
    • Laboratory workers
    • Scientists
    • Engineering managers
    • Technical writers

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      Advanced Reliability Management for Rotating EquipmentAsset Maintenance Management & Facility ManagementBattery Maintenance Mastering System Installation & Maintenance PracticesBearings MasterclassBenchmarkingBest Practices in Multishift ManagementBoiler Design, Operation & MaintenanceBoiler Technology Masterclass Illustrating Best Methods to Safely & Efficiently Operate Boiler PlantsCommissioning of Plant & Equipment & FacilitiesCompressors: Design, Selection, Operation & MaintenanceCondition Monitoring: Vibration, Oils Analysis & ThermographyEffective Pipework EngineeringEffective Plant Reliability & Predictive MaintenanceHeating, Ventilating & Air ConditioningFlanges, Bolts & GasketsFleet Risk ManagementInduction Motors for Non-Electrical EngineersIndustrial Variable Speed Drive & MotorsISO Condition MotoringLubrication Essentials for Engineers inManufacturing, Mining & QuarryingMachinery Failure Analysis, Prevention & TroubleshootingMaintenance & Production Spares: Cataloging & StorageMaintenance Planning, Scheduling & Work ControlMechanical SealsMine Ventilation & Cooling SystemsPressure Relief ValvesPreventive Maintenance: From Factory Floor to ProfitsProcess Engineering & DesignPumps: Condition Monitoring the Key to Cost Saving, Preventing Failures & Costly DowntimeRe-EngineeringReliability Centered MaintenanceReverse EngineeringRoot Cause Analysis Incident InvestigationShaft AlignmentShutdowns & Turnaround Masterclass Installing Expert Strategies that Lead to Maximised Operational EfficiencySteam Traps MasterclassTechnical Report Writing

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