Industrial Training for Maintenance and Engineering

Industrial training builds reliability into your process automation.

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Free Industrial Maintenance Articles in PDF

These free industrial maintenance articles are in PDF so they are easy to print and share with fellow employees or students. (Maintenance management PDF (s) too )

More maintenance management…


Added by Donald Fitchett on January 7, 2018 at 11:56pm — No Comments

HVAC Training Certificate Course, Online or Download

NEW: HVAC Training: Refrigeration Basics

Earn your certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Basics! 

The Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Basics Certificate Course comes as download, on a USB or online. 

Gain a…


Added by Donald Fitchett on August 29, 2017 at 7:37am — No Comments

Industrial Electrical Troubleshooting Simulation Software

Hi all. I just wanted to share with you our new Industrial Electrical Troubleshooting Simulation Software. It was primarily designed as a litmus test employers and their human resource departments could use to test new job candidates. A software tool to see if that new potential employee, really does know how to troubleshoot electrical circuits, and how good they are at it. Often…


Added by Donald Fitchett on August 20, 2017 at 7:34pm — No Comments

New Industrial training videos

The Ning interface to add YouTube videos no longer works. (I believe to sell users their upload service.) So I will just tell you to check out the newest industrial training videos and subscribe to to keep up with the latest.

Added by Donald Fitchett on May 11, 2017 at 10:49am — No Comments

What is OPC?

What is OPC?

What is OPC server?

What is OPC

What is OPC? OPC is an industrial standard for HMI / SCADA screen objects to communicate with ans give access with other software's. …


Added by Donald Fitchett on February 10, 2017 at 7:53am — No Comments

Free online mini electrical training courses!

Before this blog site closes next month, I want to let you know about a series of free online electrical training courses released. (more to come, so while at each, follow, bookmark, etc.)

See …


Added by Donald Fitchett on September 1, 2016 at 6:07am — No Comments

Automation Safety Training

What is the most commonly overlook automation safety training?

Working with PLCs and related equipment.

Those seasoned vets in our industry know specifying and design of both PLCs them selves as well as the automated equipment cover safety quite…


Added by Donald Fitchett on July 21, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

How to Succeed at Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma Failure / Success

Most attempting implementation of Lean Six Sigma will fail, but it doesn't have to be that way...

 Not fail totally, but fail to meet or exceed their Lean Six Sigma expatiation, failure to meet their own specific needs. Some will be met with greater failure, like failure to remain…


Added by Donald Fitchett on May 22, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments

IIoT is just one apple on the Industry 4.0 apple tree.

Industry 4.0, IIoT Implementation...

Industry 4.0 in USA = 'Smart Factory' , 'Connected Enterprise' , etc.

IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is the application of Internet of Things (IoT) to the industrial sector such as manufacturing and process control. While in the consumer market IoT focus largely on…


Added by Donald Fitchett on January 23, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

BIN Acquiries Koldwater Electrical Training Software Company

BIN Acquires Koldwater Software, an Electrical Controls Training Software Company


St. Louis, MO--St. Louis based Business Industrial Network ( announced today that it has acquired Koldwater Software Co. (  Koldwater has been a long-time provider of training software for the electrical controls industry. The addition of Koldwater to…


Added by Donald Fitchett on October 29, 2015 at 6:49am — No Comments

PLC Training Video Series

PLC training videos and PLC training video series vary greatly...

PLC training videos and PLC training videos can vary greatly depending on their purpose. Starting with a PLC training video that is basically just an ad, can still be of great value, if like the one for…


Added by Donald Fitchett on July 16, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

100+ Online Industrial Training Courses Added

Hi all, just wanted to let you know about the 4 new sections added to Between the 4 online training categories, hundreds of online industrial training courses have been made available online.

360 …

Added by Donald Fitchett on June 12, 2015 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

IR Predictive Maintenance Training

IR Thermography, Predictive Maintenance Training - PdM Training

It all starts with Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM - SAE JA1011 [3]) and Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and I will drill down to the IR thermography training part of holistic Predictive Maintenance Training program.

First lets define what is Predictive Maintenance (PdM)? Predictive maintenance consist of several methods to determine the condition equipment and to predict when maintenance should…


Added by Donald Fitchett on August 9, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

PLC Education vs PLC Training

Difference Between Education and Training:

First, a disclaimer: For those who found this post via search, this may be of interest to those searching for "Professional Learning Community" content and those interested in applying PLC education model, but this post is specifically related to the difference in ...

Education vs Training

as it relates to ...…


Added by Donald Fitchett on July 29, 2014 at 8:05am — No Comments

PLC Training Courses Comparison Chart

PLC Training Courses:

Which delivers the Best PLC training for your employees?

Online PLC Training? PLC Training Seminars? Or Onsite PLC Training?

Although an individual seeking PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) training can see from the PLC training courses comparison chart above that a…


Added by Donald Fitchett on July 19, 2014 at 6:29am — No Comments

PLC Tutorial with Free Ladder Logic Simulator

PLC Training - The PLC Simulator

plc simulator

Often a person first starting out seeking PLC Training, unknowingly believes one PLC 'training' solution or the other will adequately prepare them for working with PLCs in the real world. This can be a serious misconception for both the individual and the company, as improper PLC training can and does lead to damage…


Added by Donald Fitchett on July 6, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Lean - Don't get so caught up in the "how", you forget the "why?"

Many practicing Lean (as in Lean manufacturing), get so caught up the how to implement Lean methodologies and the act itself of implementation, the pillars in which Lean were built on are only in the back of their minds. "Continuous Improvement" is thought as just one of the many Lean tools instead of one of the pillars, but the other pillar... "Respect for People", buried way in the dark corners of their mind on a day to day bases. …


Added by Donald Fitchett on April 18, 2014 at 7:35pm — No Comments

How to design your control panels with maintenance in mind.

The article "Maintenance Friendly Control Panel Design" published in Control Design Magazine this month, is great for both industrial design personnel building control panels and for maintenance when specifying new capital asset purchases. Please read the article by following the link above, then read below what I could not fit in Control Design Magazine's…


Added by Donald Fitchett on March 31, 2014 at 8:29am — No Comments

New Maintenance Management Software Survey Results (MMS)

There is little doubt you will be surprised at the areas of the maintenance management software survey end-users shown they are disappointed in. You most likely won't be surprised to learn that maintenance management software (MMS) in general like CMMS doesn't meet or exceed customer's…


Added by Donald Fitchett on August 6, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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