September 12, 2019

Strict Compliance to Approved Procedures

I am always perplexed when I visit a site that does not enforce strict compliance with approved procedures.   From the Physical Plant Operations Handbook: “Without rules […]
May 29, 2019
Water Pipe

Condensate-Induced Water Hammer

Condensate-induced water hammer is an extremely dangerous phenomenon and operators should be trained to ensure they fully understand. Water hammer occurs when water in a pipe […]
February 7, 2019

FCS New Office Location

After over a decade in our previous location, FCS has “pulled roots” and moved to its new location on Twin Knolls Road in Columbia, Maryland. Although […]
October 26, 2018

Oilers Used for Prevention of Surface Corrosion

Metal production ultimately requires exposure of an untreated surface to the corrosive oxygen and humidity in our atmosphere. To prevent surface corrosion, oil is frequently applied […]
August 20, 2018
Workers in control room engaged in power plant operator training

Watchstanding Principles: Standing an Active, Thoughtful Watch

When shift changeover happens and the off-going crew leaves, does the oncoming shift have a plan for the shift?  If a procedure is in progress, does […]
July 20, 2018
Older worker teaching younger worker as part of a Power Plant Training Program

The Path to Better Maintenance Qualifications & Procedures

I recently saw a poster in a buddy’s garage that said, “Every 20-minute job is a broken bolt away from becoming a 3-day ordeal” and I […]
June 4, 2018

Cooling Tower Factors: Dry & Wet Bulb Temperature, Range, and Approach

When asked, most operators will provide the purpose of a cooling tower: to reduce the temperature of water to the lowest practicable point.  Pressed on the […]
June 4, 2018

Cooling Tower Factors: Temperature, Range & Approach

When asked, most operators will provide the purpose of a cooling tower: to reduce the temperature of water to the lowest practicable point.  Pressed on the […]