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Understanding “T” Tank Air Oil Separators.

Written by Stephen Ansell, Operations Manager at AME. A Safety Guide Air oil separators are used to remove the lubricating oils from air compressors.  Oil is generally introduced into the system to lubricate the compressor screws. This oil then needs to be captured and returned to be reused, leaving compressed air free from lubricant oil. The oil is retrieved through a process called coalescence, “co,” meaning together, and “alescence,” from the Latin word alescere, meaning to grow. The principle requires the suspended minute ... Read more

Introducing OLI and your new Classified Plant Management System

They say good things come to those who wait. Now, the wait is over for launch of AME’s new Classified Plant Management System (CPMS), and it’s definitely a good thing! Over the last 18 months, we’ve been working hard to upgrade the system to offer an even more streamlined and easily accessible solution. Think: an easy-to-use, single point portal for all documentation, reports, photos, registers and plant records*, available 24/7 from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Pretty neat, right? Why now? Well, our ... Read more

What’s the difference between Ton and tonne? Which one is heavier?

Following the success of our “Difference between SWL/WLL/MRC” article around the world, another area of confusion is the difference between a Ton and a tonne. Let’s be clear from the start: ‘Ton’ and ‘tonne’ are not equal, and it’s not just about the spelling. Both are a unit of weight, a Ton is an Imperial measurement (still widely used in the USA), and a tonne is a Metric measurement. However, they’re not interchangable for each other. Each has a ... Read more

Are your Crane & Hoist Wire Ropes in good, serviceable condition?

Wire ropes used in cranes & hoists for lifting purposes will experience deterioration throughout their entire service lives. Deterioration occurs through two principal mechanisms, namely, external and internal fatigue, which is caused by bending over sheaves or drum windings and crushing, which is caused by multilayer drum spooling. Another major cause of deterioration in a wire rope is the lack of lubrication. What is external and internal fatigue? During its operational life a wire rope is exposed to repetitive bending stresses. This will ... Read more

Mandatory Requirements for Your Pressure Equipment

Do you own pressure equipment? If so, it’s important to understand the mandatory requirements and applicable Australian Standards (AS) to not only ensure your equipment is safe to operate, but also avoid fines that may come with non-compliance to Australia’s current safety laws and legislation. So, what are we referring to exactly when it comes to pressure equipment? The most common type of pressure vessel used is an air receiver for the storage of compressed air. Other types of pressure equipment include: accumulators, ... Read more

Do you know your legal responsibilities if you own Plant, Machinery or Equipment?

Do you know your legal responsibilities if you own Plant, Machinery or Equipment? As an owner of plant, machinery and equipment you bear an enormous responsibility to maintain safety standards in order to protect yourself, your staff members and to adhere to the laws and regulations of the country. Unfortunately, accidents involving machinery and equipment continue to occur all over Australia. Over the period 2006 to 2011, SafeWork Australia has reported a total of 188 fatalities associated with unsafe design of machinery, ... Read more

Crane Incident Compilation

Crane failures continue to dominate the headlines, with several incidents that have occurred over the last few months. Many of these incidents are a result of overloading the crane or operating the crane outside of its working envelope. Operating any crane beyond its rated capacity has the potential to cause a catastrophic failure of the crane, its support structure or both due to associated loss of control of the load. When control of the load is lost, workers ... Read more

Tragic Dreamworld incident raises safety concerns

It was reported in The Guardian, that an inspection in late 2012 found air compressors on 13 rides at the theme park did not meet safety standards, raising questions about the maintenance at the park. Documents released by Queensland’s workplace regulator confirmed that the air receivers on the air compressors on the Thunder River Rapids ride as well as other rides were deemed “not fit for service” in November 2012. Concerns were raised regarding evidence of a quality management system and ... Read more

AME Case Study: Pressure Vessel Failure

AME has inspected a pressure vessel that has failed, luckily not in a catastrophic way, and not where it could have had detrimental effects on passer-by’s. The first photo below was taken towards the end of 2014 when it was inspected. Ultrasonic Thickness Testing was taken on the bottom and shell of the vessel with no signs of any issues. Due to the surrounding pipework etc, the top of the vessel was not accessible. The second photo, taken this week, two ... Read more

Structural Integrity – Follow up Article

Structural failures on WA mining sites are a common problem occurring frequently, with some cases causing fatality and injury. This presentation, curated by AME, outlines recent structural failures, structural hazard awareness and includes multiple case studies of WA mining sites. This presentation has been developed by The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP). Structural and storage failures are often forgotten, leading to detrimental effects for many companies. Presentation on Structural Integrity from the Department of Mines ... Read more
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