Efficient Plant July 2018 - 21
feature | maintenance strategies
If you can't be present, have operators note the exact time when an issue occurs. Then you can
examine the log files around that time for clues.
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
A methodical approach to troubleshooting can help reduce the time and effort
it takes to determine the root cause of an issue and find a solution. Remember to invest time in understanding why the issue occurred and how the
solution resolved it. That investment will help make you a better troubleshooter and prepare you to deal with similar issues in the future.
One final note: Keep an open mind. During troubleshooting, there may
be an aspect of the issue that you initially misunderstood and, in turn,
could prevent you from finding a solution. When you feel that you are at
the end of the road with no other options, take a step back and re-evaluate
the issue from the beginning. Correcting a simple misunderstanding can
make all the difference. EP
Jay Steinman is a mechanical engineer with control-systems integrator Huffman
Engineering Inc., Lincoln, NE. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering
and a Master's in Engineering Management from the Univ. of Nebraska (nebraska.edu).
For information on a range of control-system issues, including troubleshooting, visit
huffmaneng.com or email email@example.com.
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