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Covid-19 and lockdown have strangled business and the economy over the past 2 to 3 months. Business now needs to leap to the defence of South Africa as Level 3 eases the lockdown against this unseen viral enemy.
Business has a delicate balancing act:
- Reviving productivity in a seriously cash strapped economy.
- Employees who have had weeks of realising how vulnerable their situations are, and want to improve themselves.
- Maintaining all of the legal and moral requirements necessary to combat the Covid epidemic.
Tribology is the science of friction and wear; energy is consumed in overcoming friction, and wear consumes production equipment. Tribology thus comes at a time when there is a dire need to reduce friction and wear. This will reduce energy costs, and maintain optimum machine condition and productivity. Put together, where tribology is correctly applied, the cost of production can be reduced and the return on investment can be improved.
Training in tribology and lubrication engineering will be needed by the employees who are returning to work. This will enable the employees to make a positive contribution to the bottom line of any business that operates equipment, and training the employees will give them the needed impetus after the long lockdown.
Friction and wear occur at the interface between moving parts in any equipment, and the degree of friction and wear depend on the nature of the surfaces and the presence of any material between the surfaces. Friction and wear therefore can be controlled either by the materials used at the point of rubbing contact, or the presence of a lubricant. These are materials engineering and lubrication engineering respectively.
The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) have developed courses in both materials engineering and lubrication engineering. These courses are ECSA approved and delegates can earn CPD points for each day of a course.
It is well documented by many experts in this field that a classroom or meeting environment is almost guaranteed to spread the Corona virus if any of the delegates or participants are carrying the virus.
To maintain all of the demands of lockdown Level 3, and to give delegates and their employers the secure knowledge that they cannot be infected, the SAIT have enhanced their 5 day Lubrication Engineering course and are now offering the course on line, using the Zoom video conferencing format. Delegates can log in completely safely from a work or home environment, all that will be needed is sufficient data and bandwidth to log in and interact from a normal computer that has a camera and microphone.
The 5 day Lubrication Engineering course offered by the SAIT will earn delegates 4 CPD points, and successful candidates who complete the course and pass the end of course exam will be presented with a certificate.
Course Objectives: The course is designed to transfer a thorough understanding of tribology from a lubrication engineering perspective. Some twenty topics take participants through from basic chemistry and the theory of rubbing contact and friction in all industrial applications, to the application of management principles, safety and the environment in tribology.
Who Should Attend? The course is aimed at maintenance personnel but will be of benefit to anyone concerned with the operation, maintenance, condition monitoring or management of industrial plant, machinery, transport and other lubricant related disciplines. Marketing personnel can gain valuable knowledge from the course.
Experience: Delegates are advised that they should understand what viscosity is, and should have at least twelve months experience in the lubricant and maintenance professions, with a minimum knowledge at trade test level.
Case Studies: Delegates are invited to bring their case studies, their problems and their questions to the course for discussion.
Course Content: Lubrication Terminology, Production of Lubricant Base Fluids, Basics of Lubrication, Properties of Oil, Additives, Greases, Lubrication Devices, Synthetic Lubricants, Fuels, Internal Combustion Engine Lubrication, Auto Drive Line Lubricants, Plain Bearings, Rolling Bearings, Gears & Gear Oils, Hydraulic Oils, Compressor Oils, Transformer Oils, Cutting Oils, Filtration, Condition Assessment & Failures, Used Oil Analysis, Lubrication Surveys, Storage and Handling of Lubricants and Environment.
The course covers a wide field of topics at a depth that is daunting to delegates who have no experience or knowledge of lubricants or maintenance. To assist delegates on-line homework is set each evening and the final exam will also be on-line. Due to the standard of the course it is recommended that delegates are able to work from a private and uninterrupted place. Daily lectures are from 08:00 to 16:30 with 15 minute morning and afternoon tea breaks, and an hour lunch break.
SAIT Vice President