Many machine shops never recover after a fire while others, even those that incur significant fire damage, get up and running successfully. What sets these two types of shops apart? Recovery and disaster planning are contributing factors. Having a fire recovery plan in place is crucial to ensuring the survival of your shop. If fire strikes, damage to equipment and property are not the only losses.
Between $100M-$500M worth of machine value is lost each year due to improper machine coolant management. Coolant management mistakes can decrease the working life of a machine up to 10% per year. Having a robust coolant management plan keeps your coolant from going bad and significantly reduces lost value and downtime of machines.
Coolants are an instrumental part of machining, including grinding, milling, and turning. They help extend tool life and provide an improved surface finish of the parts being machined. Understanding the role and types of coolant help you select a coolant that is the right fit for your machine and operation. By properly maintaining the concentration levels of your coolant, you extend not only the life of the coolant but also your tools and machine.
You may be aware that 37 countries have signed on to adopt the UNECE R107 regulation. This rule is intended to make bus transport safer by reducing the risk of catastrophic bus engine fires. When a bus fire starts in an engine, the driver and passengers often don’t realize the danger until the fire has already grown very large. That’s why UNECE R107 requires installation of automatic fire suppression systems in bus engines.
Connected machine shops are closing the loop by implementing operational changes to improve processes and procedures based on the data collected and analyzed from machines. Connected machines allow you to monitor machines for real-time data while collecting data over time to help you discover trends in production. Learn how connectivity can be a powerful tool for your machine shop.
Adding automation to your machine shop will not just increase your overall productivity, it will help keep employees engaged. Using automation for repetitive and monotonous tasks, allows your workers to use their skills on larger, more important projects.
Your response to a fire disaster is crucial in minimizing downtime and getting operations back up and running as quickly as possible. Downtime, as well as repair and replacement costs, rapidly add up. Learn three key guidelines to help you return to normal operations following a fire.
Modern Machine Shop’s “Top Shops” program uses data collected from surveying machine shops of all types and size. The information is compiled to determine the top-performing shops and outlines best practices and key metrics for success. This benchmarking data offers actionable intel to compare your machine shop to the country’s leading machining businesses.
When it comes to protecting dust collectors, one size or system does not fit all. Several factors need to be considered when selecting a fire suppression system for your dust collector. Learn three types of systems that will protect your dust collector and keep your employees and business safe.
According to Dust Safety Science, in 2018, dust collectors ranked the highest when it came to combustible dust incidents with 51 fires, 12 explosions, 23 injuries, and one fatality. While reported dust collector fires are not as common as in other equipment, the damage and threat to personal safety are significant. Learn about fire hazards and fire protection methods.
If a piece of ground support equipment catches on fire, it has an immediate impact on operations and can have devastating and costly consequences. A fire can put the ground crew, flight crew, and passengers in danger and cause severe damage to equipment or the airplane. It is important to understand the fire risks and prevention.
If a piece of ground support equipment catches fire, the operator or ground crew can try to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher or contact the aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) team. Learn about additional fire protection for equipment by installing an automatic fire suppression system.