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MECH1082 Mechanical Principles

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  • Course Code: MECH1082
  • University: University Of Greenwich
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  • Country: United Kingdom


Factory Maintenance problem

Problem background

Part of a factory that manufactures extruded building products is shown bellow.

Dust that is processed in another factory is loaded by a wheeled shovel into a hopper and is raised via an inclined conveyor and bucket elevator to the top of the system. The dust is then distributed to storage hoppers by a large scraper chain conveyor.

Each hopper is equipped with an extract conveyor which load dust onto a collection conveyor & then onto the machine feed conveyor.

The machine hopper acts as a surge hopper, allowing an even controllable feed of dust to be added to the mixer of the main extrusion machine. Much ancillary equipment has been excluded for clarity.

The large making machine consists of a single shaft mixer where water and dust are combined and then fed through a de-airing chamber into the extruder. None of the forming or handling equipment is shown.

Product from the extrusion machine is loaded onto refractory lined bogies and processed through a dryer and kiln, which is a continuous process. If the firing process is slowed or stopped, large scrap rates and a kiln fall could follow.

The main extrusion process has to run 16 hours per day but this can fluctuate with demand. Because this is only part of a larger factory, if staff are not working on this system, they are employed elsewhere.

Two fitters and an electrician are always on duty within the factory as a whole.

The Task

The immediate task is to suggest a maintenance strategy for the equipment. The strategy should contribute to a factory wide Reliability Centred Maintenance strategy. This includes mobile and electrical equipment. Full explanations must be given and related to this equipment.

Please note any suitable condition monitoring techniques that may be appropriate, which pieces of equipment they relate to and why.

FMEA would not be appropriate as it is not expected students have a full understanding of the equipment. Suggest and justify any modifications which would increase reliability of the plant. This may include changes to layout or maintenance policies.

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