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AME introduces Infrared Thermography

AME now offers Infrared Thermography as an added service to complement our award winning Plant & Equipment Inspection services Infrared thermography is the process of using a thermal imager to detect infrared radiation (heat) that is emitted by an object. This technology allows operators to validate normal operations and, more importantly, locate thermal anomalies (abnormal patterns of heat invisible to the eye) which indicate possible faults, defects or inefficiencies within a system or machine asset. A few examples of where Infrared Thermography ... Read more

More for Less

"More for Less" How often have you heard this, particularly in Maintenance circles? In the current economic climate everybody wants to achieve more for less cost. AME have a client who was given additional fixed plant maintenance responsibilities but were told they cannot have any additional labour to complete the extra work? AME was engaged to complete a Maintenance Manpower review to determine the optimum crew size and whether this client could maintain the additional plant and equipment without additional resources. The process ... Read more

Mobile Crane Rollover results in Fatality

According to the Canberra Times, a tragic incident happened at a public hospital worksite in Canberra, when a 62-year-old construction worker was struck by a crane boom and died at the scene. The incident happened when a mobile crane was moving a large generator at a low height and rolled onto its side. It appears as though the boom of the crane, which was lifting the generator has struck the man when the crane rolled. Ten co-workers rushed to ... Read more

Are your fixed steel structures safe?

Unfortunately another fatality occurred on a minesite when a boilermaker working inside a thickener tank died when the gantry bridge above him failed and collapsed, crushing and pinning him. The WA Department of Mines have issued a Significant Incident Report with details of the incident and Actions required. See attached SIR 244. AME can assist with your required actions. Plant structural integrity continues to be a major concern in the industry, not just in Australia, but overseas as well. In Western ... Read more

Gas Bottle Explosion critically injures Teenage Boy

There have been numerous incidents with the storage of portable LPG gas bottles. In a recent freak incident in Sydney, a 15 year old boy is in a critical condition with "horrific burns" after a leaking 9kg gas bottle in the boot of a car exploded when the driver lit a cigarette and the car burst into flames. The teenager was walking past the car when the gas bottle exploded. He was knocked to the ground and suffered critical head ... Read more

Do you know the design registration requirements for mobile EWPs and Scissor Lifts?

Since the introduction of the new harmonised Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (WHS) in ACT, NSW, NT, QLD and SA there have been some minor changes in the Design Registration requirements of Elevating Work Platforms (EWPs) and Scissor Lifts. All states recognise each other’s Design Registrations, which means that if an EWP has been design registered in one state, it will be suitable for use in all states and territories. End users should be weary of the fact that WorkSafe WA ... Read more

Do you know whether it is a Safety or a Relief Valve?

There appears to be confusion in industry over the correct terminology of whether it is a safety valve or a relief valve. Some of this confusion could stem from the actual standard itself or a lack of understanding of what a “fluid” really is. AS 1210 Pressure Vessels says – A safety valve vents to prevent a predetermined safe pressure from being exceeded. Normally used with compressible fluids. A relief valve vents to prevent system pressure exceeding a predetermined pressure.  ... Read more

Trevor Hughes: Our Chartered Professional Engineer

Our Managing Director Trevor Hughes has recently reconfirmed his status as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), an extremely highly regarded standard of professionalism within the industry. Assessed and reviewed by regulatory body Engineers Australia, the CPEng status is a significant achievement and coincides with another significant achievement, as Trevor celebrates his ninth year with AME! Since Asset Management Engineers was established in September 2006, Trevor has utilised his extensive knowledge and experience as a Chartered Professional Engineer to turn AME into the industry leader it is today. The internationally recognised CPEng status ... Read more

AME inspectors go global

AME inspectors go global AME once again headed overseas after confirming a new contract with global resources company Mining and Minerals Group (MMG). Asset Management Engineers provides services for Classified Plant Inspections at the Sepon mining operations in Southern Laos. The contract commenced in September 2015 with two experienced Inspectors visiting Laos to begin inspections at the open-pit copper and former gold mine. Managing Director and experienced engineer Trevor Hughes says the contract is another exciting step in the right direction for AME. “It’s always a great opportunity ... Read more

Are you operating machinery with cracked ball studs?

What is the current state of your truck ball studs? How do you know? Heavy earth moving machinery such as Off Highway Dump Trucks contain ball studs which are components in the steering linkages vital to the safety of the vehicle. If these ball studs were to crack or break during operation and remain undetected, the failure could lead to loss of control of the vehicle causing costly heavy equipment damage and subsequent downtime, or at worst, serious injury or fatalities. Incidents that could occur ... Read more
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