Bluefield AMS Blog

Bluefield Asset Management - Quality (ISO9001) and Safety (AS4801) Management System Accreditation

Bluefield is proud to announce that we have recently gained ISO 9001 certification. In order to achieve this milestone, we closed some gaps in our quality management processes, which we achieved in a simple and effective manner and by maintaining our documentation to a practical level that can be easily understood. This globally recognised and third-party validated accreditation supports Bluefield’s ability to consistently provide practical services that achieve our clients business needs. It is also another demonstration of the high standards we hold for our business and our clients. [...]

More on Mobile Mining Equipment Fires

Mobile Mining Equipment Fires We have previously written articles on mobile mining equipment fires and how they can be avoided (Read previous article here). Most recently, while further researching this subject, I came across this DNRM bulletin from November 2016. It is a very comprehensive review of the DNRM database of Fixed and Mobile Equipment Fires on Surface Coal Mines. In this post, I want to discuss further their "Suggested fire reduction strategies" and take them to a deeper level as well as provide some suggested actions that can be immediately implemented. [...]

The top 9 mistakes companies make with Reliability Engineers

The top 9 mistakes companies make with Reliability Engineers [...]

Defect Elimination

Managing equipment defects in a proactive manner is essential to get the best performance from your assets. Two things are required 1) a defect management process and 2) quality execution and review of that process. [...]

4100XPC Shovel Shutdown Management

4100XPC Shovel Shutdown Management Bluefield recently managed a 4100XPC AC shovel shutdown. This shovel was critical to the mine production and the shutdown duration needed to be minimised as well as keeping it within budget. We started on the shutdown during the late stages of the planning phase and there were several aspects of the detailed planning still to be completed. [...]

La única vez que tenemos el control de una parada de planta es durante la fase de planificación!

Hace muchos años aprendí a la fuerza que la única vez que se tiene el control de una parada de planta es cuando se está en la fase de planificación. Durante la ejecución, uno queda dependiendo de lo bueno que fue el plan y lo más importante, de lo bien que se ha protegido el plan. [...]

We have control of a shutdown only during the planning phase

The only time we have control of a shutdown is during the planning phase! Many years ago I learned the hard way that the only time you have control of a shutdown is when you are in the planning phase. During execution, you are at the will of how good the plan was and more importantly, how well the plan has been protected. [...]

Manteniendo la integridad de equipos eléctricos

Manteniendo la integridad de equipos eléctricos Mantener la integridad de los equipos eléctricos de una manera confiable es una tarea que parece difícil dado que muchos de los modos de falla en los componentes eléctricos son aleatorios y no puede ser detectado a través de técnicas de monitoreo de condiciones. [...]

Maintaining the Integrity of Electrical Equipment

Maintaining the Integrity of Electrical Equipment Maintaining the integrity of electrical equipment in a reliable manner is a task that seems difficult given that many of the failure modes in electrical components are random and unable to be detected through any form of condition monitoring. [...]