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VOICE FROM THE FIELD

Highly
Charged

Reliability
Bill Myers spearheads an Electrical Maintenance
Program that helps AstraZeneca's West Chester,
OH, facility become safe and reliable.

BILL MYERS LEARNED the
hard way that sometimes we are
taught more by our mistakes than our
successes. In the end, he was able to
learn from both.
"Ten years ago, a small mistake was
made with an electrical connection,
and it turned into a big issue," said
Myers, AstraZeneca's senior engineering technician at the West Chester,
OH, facility. "In this line of work,
mistakes are dangerous. You must
learn from them, and quickly."
The biggest mistake, he said, was not
having a program in place to prevent
small mistakes from becoming big
ones. So he did something about it.
Myers found inspiration from
a Winston Churchill quote, "All
men make mistakes, but only wise
men learn from their mistakes." He
began creating and implementing an
Electrical Maintenance Program that
includes data collection and visual and
infrared inspection. "This program has
been instrumental in identifying electrical issues that would have impacted
the facility," Myers said. "Early detection provides the time needed to make

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MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

Michelle Segrest
Contributing Editor
repairs before a breakdown."
For the past decade, Myers has
been responsible for maintaining
the facilities/utilities equipment that
serves the two-building, 550,000sq.-ft. manufacturing campus. The
main product at this location is used
to treat patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
There are more than 2,000 assets in the
sterile manufacturing facility. "Within
the different elements, there are many,
many details that must be considered
to make a safe electrical program,"
Myers said.

Experience
Myers' electrical career began in 1998
when he worked as an apprentice
installing wall receptacles at a local
elementary-school project. Throughout
the past two decades, his career
has evolved into developing critical
strategies that help identify issues with
technical equipment and planning the
downtime needed for repair. Along
with a team of five technicians, he uses

Bill's Credentials
■ Journeyman Electrician
■ 5-yr. state-accredited electrician's
apprenticeship program through the IBEW
■ Level II Infrared Thermography (Snell)
■ Associate Degree, Electrical Technologies,
Excelsior College, Albany, NY

Bill's Best Advice for
R&M Professionals
"Collect the data and implement routine
inspections. Without the data, the health of
the equipment cannot be accurately assessed.
Without routine inspections, you will never
know when a problem may be emerging-
until it's too late."

technologies such as infrared thermography, precision alignment, ultrasound,
and vibration analysis.

Special programs
Myers refers to the incident that
occurred 10 years ago as the inspiration for building the Electrical
Maintenance Program. "It was a bad
connection, but we realized we could
have found it and prevented it if we
only had a program in place."
Developing the program took a
few years from start to finish and was
fully in place by 2013. "It has evolved
and now we use it very effectively," he
said. "We now dictate to the machine
instead of the machine dictating to us."
This program consists of making
regular voltage, amperage, and resisAUGUST 2017



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology August 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Reliable Security, Reliable Operations
Highly Charged Reliability
Drowning in Data? Look to the 'Stars'
Reliable Pumping Supplement
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Steam-Trap Inspections
Saving Tribal Knowledge
Seats for Butterfly Valves
IIoT
ISO 55000
Understand Lube ID Systems
Tomato Processor Boosts Steam Output, Cuts Emissions
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Editorial
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - On The Floor
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Reliable Security, Reliable Operations
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Highly Charged Reliability
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Reliable Pumping Supplement
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - ISO 55000
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Tomato Processor Boosts Steam Output, Cuts Emissions
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Products
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Ad Index
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