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Help organizations optimize energized asset performance.

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About SEAM Group

Optimization Success Starts Here

SEAM Group is focused on optimizing asset safety, reliability, and maintenance for more than 500 clients in multiple industries around the world. Leveraging our One SEAM, One Solution approach, our team provides integrated solutions for common asset challenges through the most comprehensive suite of asset optimization capabilities available.

Each year, our expert team inspects, assesses, and supports more than 2,000,000 pieces of equipment worldwide. Our team helps organizations in hospitality, pharmaceutical, food processing, consumer goods, and more improve the performance of their assets, teams, and processes for more significant operational and financial impact and ensures everyone’s safety interacting with energized assets.

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Preventing Serious Injuries and Fatalities – Eight Steps to Manage Hazardous Energy in Facilities

We are convinced the vast majority of successful endeavors to save lives and quality of life begins with following the energy – a comprehensive canvassing of facilities for the sources of potentially lethal energy. Despite breakthroughs more than a decade ago highlighting the different character of fatalities and serious injuries (FSIs or SIFs) compared with less consequential incidents, the worst accidents have remained stubbornly resistant to prevention. The patterns during the intervening years further validated those essential findings and demonstrated the struggles most leadership teams encounter in learning from them.

In this White Paper we discuss the historical challenges of managing safety in addressing FSI exposure, as well as cover the eight steps to identify, assess, predict and manage how FSI events in industrialized assets can be avoided.

 

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The NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, helps enterprises mitigate worker exposure to electrical hazards in order to avoid injuries and incidents. Many of the electrical incidents that occur in the workplace could have been prevented with proper NFPA 70E® training. However, training is often de-prioritized as many enterprises believe it interferes with productivity and that it’s just another unnecessary expense. They may know that training improves safety, but they may not realize that it also keeps workers current on the NFPA 70E Standard, which reduces compliance risks. They also may not realize that having a safe workforce is also a productive workforce, which positively impacts the return on investment.

If any of the above benefits have you considering NFPA 70E training, continue reading to learn the key training topics that will help protect your workers, assets, and your bottom-line.
Read the full Electrical Safety in Workplace article to learn the six keys to NFPA 70E Training.

NFPA 70E® Key Training Topics


NFPA 70E training is critical for your electrical workers to handle energized assets safely.

Since thousands of workers are hurt every year by arc flashes, training heavily focuses on arc flash safety, specifically:

  • Identifying arc flash causes – Understanding how an arc flash occurs and its causes is key for mitigating future incidents. Causes can include equipment failure, excessive dust or corrosion, and even human error.

  • Recognizing equipment with arc flash potential – To determine and confirm arc flash potential, an assessment or arc flash hazard analysis should be performed on equipment 50V or higher.

  • Understanding arc flash labeling – Labeling is required for any piece of electrical equipment that may need examination, adjustment, service or maintenance while energized, creating the potential for an arc flash incident to occur. Electrical workers need to know how to read these labels and understand how it affects the work of the person performing the diagnostics, as well as the risk to nearby coworkers.

  • Interpreting and documenting meter readings – The Standard requires qualified employees to have documented training on how to use a meter and how to interpret all indications coming from the metering device. Meter readings can vary greatly depending on where the meter is placed, such as if you’re testing a 480 system, a phase to phase or phase to ground procedure.


Training also includes establishing electrically safe work conditions, elements of a risk assessment, the difference between electrical hazards and risks, and the intent and limitations of personal protective equipment (PPE) required by 70E.

The Right Balance to Make Training More Effective


There are many NFPA 70E training options available to your enterprise, but not just any classroom training will do. The proper training, which proves to be more effective long-term, involves a balance of instruction. Your workers should have opportunities to learn from your veteran workforce, those who have decades of on-the-job knowledge and who have seen an arc flash or escaped a near miss. They should also learn from experts in the field like SEAM Group who have a diverse electrical background, are skilled in NFPA 70E training, and can guide your enterprise on energized asset optimization, while also improving electrical safety. Getting both certified trainers and your workforce onboard will only set your enterprise up for success, helping protect your workers from harm, while making your enterprise a safer place to work.

Read the full article on NFPA 70E training considerations and to learn more about providing training for your electrical workers, contact SEAM Group.

 

 

 
Colin Duncan, CEO for SEAM Group joins Scott Mackenzie from The Industrial Talk Podcast to discuss how correctly integrating reliability, safety, and maintenance, can create a comprehensive and coordinated strategy for all complex operations. Guarantee asset availability, minimize unplanned repairs, deploy capital most efficiently, and optimize production output while operating safely your.

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Download our white paper Mastering the Performance Triad: A Seven-Part Optimization Strategy for Reliability, Safety, and Maintenance to learn more about this approach.


If you’ve been following this series of articles on the Laws of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), you’ve noticed that each law has a specific purpose, and how necessary it is to follow each one to succeed at asset optimization and improve performance. In this post, we conclude the discussion on EAM laws by providing a recap of laws one through seven and an overview of the final laws, eight and nine. Read below to learn how the last laws reflect on reliability, a core discipline, and know that the journey does not end here, but rather begins with a new mindset and a new strategy for enterprise asset management.

Skip this post now and read all of the 9 Laws of Enterprise Asset Management when you download the latest white paper.



What We’ve Learned – A Short Recap


In our first article, “An Introduction to Asset Management”, we provided an overview of SEAM Group’s white paper, the 9 Laws of Enterprise of Asset Management and highlighted the first law: Protect People. The second article covered laws two through four that set the foundation for asset management: Know the true goal; Obsess over the basics; and Embrace the technology. The third article discussed the path to optimization with the fifth law: Focus on returns, not costs; the sixth law: Optimize the critical path; and the seventh law: Foresee the catastrophe.

Reflecting on Reliability – A Core Discipline in the Performance Triad


The final laws (numbers 8 and 9) of enterprise asset management reflect on reliability, one of the three core disciplines needed to achieve the highest level of operational performance.

Law #8 – Ensure reliability or redundancy (or both).


Consider the following scenario: The Cessna 172, the most common airplane produced, has just one engine. If the engine goes out and the pilot cannot restart it, the only option he or she has is to find a safe place to make an emergency landing. Meanwhile, the Cessna 310 has two engines. If an engine goes out, the plane can continue to fly, although not as well, yet still having more options than the Cessna 172.

While unscheduled downtime in a manufacturing facility is usually not as dangerous as landing a plane, the metaphor can be used to demonstrate the eighth law of enterprise asset management. To keep running, assets on the critical path of an industrial operation must have reliability or redundancy - or both. And to decide whether reliability or redundancy or both should be applied to assets lifecycles, managers must calculate their failure probabilities (discussed in law #7) ahead of time.

Law #9 – Calculate coldly.


Emotions and intuition all too often get in the way of rationale when it’s time to replace mature assets. We’ve seen it numerous times: managers become attached to machinery that has been part of a facility for so long, even though maintenance costs might be through the roof, it could be hampering production, or even causing a safety hazard.

The opposite situation also occurs, although less frequently, where operators get too eager to trade up a piece of machinery for the latest model, regardless of if the existing component is producing exceptionally.

Sound EAM requires cold, rational calculations about whether and when to retire an asset. Emotions should be removed from the equation, and instead performance numbers should lead decision-making regarding assets.

Improve Performance with Effective Enterprise Asset Management


Many leaders often have a false perception that both safety and operational performance can be improved with technical expertise when they must first understand and demonstrate the core principles behind EAM. When organizational leaders use and apply the nine laws of EAM across an organization, they become more strategic in decision-making and can unlock the potential for asset optimization, which can significantly improve uptime and protect employees from harm.

If you missed our previous articles on the 9 Laws of Enterprise Asset Management, download the full white paper to learn why each law is critical for asset optimization and performance improvement. Build a foundation in EAM and start seeing results across your entire enterprise.