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VOICE FROM THE FIELD The Univ. of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile is the region's only Level 1 Trauma Center. established protocols, processes, and procedures based on either manufacturer's recommendations or our own risk analysis on particular pieces of equipment, utilities, or devices," Gardner stated. "We rank based on the potential timing needs. For instance, filtration of air in operating rooms has high priority. Those filters get clogged with all these dust particles and microns of dirt and can cut down the supply of air going into the room and contaminate the air. If the manufacturer says normally you can change these every year we might change ours every nine months so this goes into our preventive-maintenance scheduling." Sometimes special circumstances require creative outside-the-box thinking. "For example, we needed to replace an air-conditioning unit, but shutting down an intensive-care unit in a trauma hospital is not an option," Gardner said. "The unit was 15 feet wide, 55 feet long, and 10 feet tall, and you just can't disassemble it and put another one in its place the same day. So, we came up with a solution where we added another unit on the roof adjacent to the old one, ran all the chilled-water piping, hot-water piping, electrical, wiring, duct work, etc., and tied it all together to the power and new breaker panel. We did this in about a six-hour period and made sure it happened on a cool winter night. The old unit is still sitting there because it doesn't make sense to move it." "These are the type of things you have to do in a healthcare organization to be able to provide that continuity of services 18 | MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY so that customer service in the environment of care is not compromised and nobody knows that we are even here." Disaster preparedness Hurricanes and tropical storms are common on Alabama's Gulf Coast. Most emergency generators are powered by diesel engines, Gardner said. The diesel fuel is provided by a service vendor who also occasionally fills the tank. When a hurricane is approaching, one of the first things that is checked is the fuel level, and trauma centers generally get priority. The team had learned lessons from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. When Hurricane Ike barreled through the Southern Gulf Coast in 2008 it caused power outages throughout the region. The fuel-terminal electric motor needed to pump the diesel into the trucks was inoperable, with no normal power available. A tidal surge flooded the area near the waterfront, and the trucks could not get to the terminals. With no mechanism to pump the fuel from the trucks to the tanks, Gardner and his team had to call other providers to find a solution. "Of course we have a disaster plan in place," Gardner said. "And we are a trauma center, so we don't close. Our plan includes having roofing contractors, window contractors, and others in place to take care of damage. But sometimes unforeseen things happen, and we have to solve these problems in a hurry." About five years ago, on a blistering day in August, it was 97 F and humidity was 98%. One of the facility's two 1,000ton chillers went into alarm. When the second chiller was turned on, it operated for about 10 minutes and then shut down. Normally, each chiller operates for three months, then rests for three months, and the two chillers operate on this cycle. "On the hottest day of the year, we had 140 patients, all of our staff, and no air conditioning," Gardner said. "Again, we had to figure out a solution. We started checking the vendors and found a 1,000-ton chiller that was a skid mount in Baton Rouge. We got an emergency purchase order, they loaded it on a truck and sent it our way. But you can't just take an outside unit on a trailer, plug it in, push a button, and have it run. You have to have all the piping for the condensate water and the chilled water. So we got our local plumbing and piping contractor to do hot taps on four 12-inch pipes to provide chilled water for condensation supply and return. We also had to figure out the electrical. The short story for a long event is that the trailer arrived 11 hours from the original shut down. The piping contractor finished two hours later. About five hours after that, we had the chiller running. Inside, the building had reached 87 degrees. There was a thunderstorm a few hours later, and lightning zapped the 480-V power breaker. We had obstacle after obstacle. It took about four days to get the building back to the normal 72 degrees." This scenario is an anomaly outside of what you would reasonably expect, SEPTEMBER 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology September 2016

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Old-School Approach To New-World Technology
Art Meets Reliability Science
Commit To Safety
Robot-Human Interaction Getting Safer
Sanitary, Stainless Conveyors Not The Same
Reduce Hidden Process-Safety Costs
Pace Your Reliability Program
Win The War With 'Lubrication By Design'
SAP Tips And Tricks
Understand Pump Vibration
Select The Right Relay
Bearing Care
Clear Up HOA Confusion
Potato Waste Becomes Clean Water, Energy
Products
Showcase
Ad Index
Final Thought
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - On The Floor
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Old-School Approach To New-World Technology
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Art Meets Reliability Science
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Commit To Safety
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Robot-Human Interaction Getting Safer
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Sanitary, Stainless Conveyors Not The Same
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Reduce Hidden Process-Safety Costs
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Pace Your Reliability Program
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Win The War With 'Lubrication By Design'
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - SAP Tips And Tricks
Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Understand Pump Vibration
Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Select The Right Relay
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Maintenance Technology September 2016 - Clear Up HOA Confusion
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