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DuPont Sustainable Solutions Adds Two New Courses to Maintenance and Reliability Curriculum

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Dec. 12, 2013 -- DuPont Sustainable Solutions has launched two new training programs that can help organizations strengthen their maintenance culture and educate employees on ammonia refrigeration.

The first of two new programs, Maintenance Principles, identifies the five sources of defects: workmanship, operation, materials, design and failure events. The program illustrates how recognizing these sources can lead to a better understanding of how equipment fails, and how the risk of failure can be minimized through maintenance.

Maintenance Principles also helps employees choose the right kind of maintenance through failure modes and effects analysis. The program also examines good communication practices and discusses safe work procedures that include the use of lockout/tagout, personal protection equipment (PPE), and good housekeeping.

The second addition to our maintenance curriculum is Introduction to Ammonia Refrigeration. Ammonia is one of the most common refrigerants in the industry today, and employees need to know its nature, risks and handling procedures regarding refrigeration systems.

Introduction to Ammonia Refrigeration provides an overview of ammonia to help keep employees safe and prevent breakdowns of refrigeration equipment. The program covers the following: history and physical composition of ammonia; various types of ammonia systems and their components; operational dynamics; maintenance requirements; preventive maintenance protocols; and safety measures.

“Equipment breakdowns can be costly especially in a tight economy that calls for the maximum use of resources,” said Emile Husson, maintenance and reliability product manager, Learning & Development, DuPont Sustainable Solutions. “We developed these maintenance programs to help organizations improve efficiency, enhance operations and sustain productivity.”

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DuPont Sustainable Solutions, one of 12 DuPont business groups, is an integrated, global services and technology delivery business. Its offerings comprise four practice areas: Safety Resources, Sustainable Operations, Learning & Development and Clean Technologies. Together they offer consulting services, products and technologies that help organizations protect people and the environment, use assets more efficiently, and improve worker skills and performance. More than 190,000 employee development professionals in 129 countries have used Learning & Development products and services to help transfer knowledge and sustain business competitiveness.

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