Efficient Plant October 2017 - 26
feature | voice from the field
ED'S TOP 5 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE RELIABILITY
in mind so
workers do not
any more than
are running, and there is no one in the building. You
see two guys down at one end and another two guys
at the other end. Everything is running by itself and
monitored remotely. This type of manufacturing amplifies the need for high equipment reliability."
However, Hazinski doesn't think the human
element will ever be completely eliminated, even
in highly automated plants. "Even at the Budweiser
plant they were looking for mechanical and computer
engineers and programmers," he said. "These highly-skilled positions are important to have so that all
the advanced technology can be controlled."
Plast-O-Matic designs, engineers, and manufactures thermoplastic valves and controls for the chemical, water, wastewater, and semiconductor industries.
The corrosive-liquid markets use these products for
the control and flow of various acids, solvents, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, ethylene glycol, seawater,
detergents, and a variety of other aggressive fluids.
"Most people come to us because whatever they are
moving, they can't use metal," Hazinski explained.
"The metal will either contaminate the fluid or be
attacked by the fluid. The equipment we design and
engineer needs to last 20 or 30 years."
BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Hazinski earned an Associate degree in applied
science and machine-tool technology from the City
College of New York, and then earned a Bachelor's
degree in mechanical engineering from the New
Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark. While attending school, he worked in manufacturing facilities
fine-tuning his passion and skills so he could work
with manufacturing equipment. The majority of his
with the proper
almost 40-yr. career has been spent designing industrial equipment. He now specializes in flow-control
equipment and was the inventor of many products,
including the Ultra-Pure product that was designed
for the semiconductor industry. It uses ionized water
to clean circuit board chips that are used for electronic equipment.
"We have customers who need the water to be absolutely clean with no metal ions or contamination of
any kind," he said. "If just a couple of molecules line
up, [they] can jump the circuit and ruin the board.
We have to have things tested down to micrograms
per square meter of contamination on the inside of
our valves. Some liquids that pass through valves are
so corrosive that they can even melt some plastic materials. But plastic is better than metal in these cases."
Every day is different for Hazinski. He takes care of
the clean room on his company's semiconductor ultra-pure line daily, but spends the rest of his time designing new equipment and troubleshooting factory
breakdowns. Even with specific and extensive testing
performed on site, if something goes wrong once the
equipment is installed at a plant, Hazinski is called to
find out what went wrong.
"I love inventing new things and figuring out solutions to problems," he said. "It's my kind of thing to
think it through and overcome issues. A lot of times
I'll be asked to solve a problem and a new product
will result from that. Other times, I may have an idea
for a new piece of equipment, and we just try it out.
There's no real formula. Sometimes people just have
a specific problem, and I enjoy taking the challenge