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RGf

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Latest update on the retirement thing-the powers to be have decided that Duke Energy needs to become more competitive so they decided to reorganize our fossil hydro fleet to resemble a merchant generator operation. The impact is that they have eliminated all of the PdM/CBM positions at the generating plants, among other cuts, and those programs will be handled by a couple of regional guys (or gals). So much for an orderly transition of my program to another owner! I guess if they are going to stuff some $$ in my pocket and send me on my way I won't complain too loudly. It pains me to see this approach as I know there are some very strong programs in the fleet with a lot of talented people. They are banking on the application of "new" technology to do what we do. Not sure if anyone making those decisions has ever run or seen a truly effective CBM program. As for me I'm not sure if I will seek other opportunities or just let it all go.   
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Happy New Year RGf,
Or you could take the redundancy payout if that indeed happens and set up on your own. You would surely get the work because of your familiarity. You could cover maybe some other locations.  Depends on your age I guess and if they are going to ditch things altogether or not. rgds

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It pains me to see this approach as I know there are some very strong programs in the fleet with a lot of talented people. They are banking on the application of "new" technology to do what we do.   


RGf,

Seriously, what are these new technologies that might help in a case like yours? More sensors and automatic diagnosis programs?

Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa
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RGf,

Seriously, what are these new technologies that might help in a case like yours? More sensors and automatic diagnosis programs?

Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa


Yes. Online alarm based analysis is my guess.

The thing is, a good online system is extremely expensive. So they'll probably end up installing 4-20ma sensors that will stop production all the time and no one will have any idea why. They'll end up by-passing the alarms.

Before the reliability numbers drop significantly, those who took the decision will probably have changed positions. The new guys will start a new PdM program.

It's how I got my job in the field. Do you think the workers that had to change jobs when the program was eliminated wanted to come back or help me??
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We have instrumented most of our rotating equipment with vibe sensors that are fed into a desktop application using Insight Software from NI. We have also installed some IR cameras and large motor monitoring capability. That is all well and good as far as monitoring but it is only about 25% of what I do. As most "mature" PdM programs do there is much more to the job then sitting in front of a computer looking at vibration data, I also take all of my own oil samples, do acoustic leak surveys, advise maintenance on repair work orders and do field troubleshooting. The plan is to have 2 regional guys cover all of the facilities where we now have an in-house guy. I don't follow the rational but I suspect that the thinking is they spent all this money on monitoring systems so you don't need someone on the ground full time.  I wish them well. As far as me personally I might dip my toe into the consultant field or maybe just do something totally different. 
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For any of you guys who decide to start your own business, get in touch. I can hook you up with a lot of equipment (everything except the analyzer) at very good prices. I am edging toward the exit door, and need to find good homes for all of this stuff.
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If I go that route I will drop you a line. 
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I agree with Rusty that company won't miss you. However, I can understand some of the way they think. When I decided to retire the company asked who would be interested in trying this job. 15 people showed interest. They went to Cat 1 training and took the test. All were either millwrights or electricians. Only 1 person passed and he was an engineer who wanted to understand what the job entailed. Seemed none of the 15 had enough interest to study.
An expensive way for the company to find they had no interest. Now they have contractors. 
In this plant the job was extensive. I did collection, analysis, balancing, alignment and in a lot of cases was pulled as a mechanic to complete W.O.'s I submitted. 
Never had problems finding something to do. Did enjoy the work.
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