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Dr Chris Carmody. Dr Chris Carmody.

Technical training continues to provide a valuable tool to drive down plant production costs. A two-day course on mechanical seals and systems, recently held in Secunda and led by international seals expert Dr Chris Carmody, typifies this type of training.

The course showed how interruptions to plant operation can be reduced by preventive maintenance programmes and effective sealing, both of which improve the reliability of pumps and other rotating machines and contribute to an uninterrupted plant operation that automatically enhances profitability. The Secunda course was organised by 2KG Training in association with mechanical seals company AESSEAL, and represents the latest in 2KG’s line of courses covering all aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering. Dr Carmody refined the content of this particular training programme, using diagrams, illustrations and film to maximise impact and information retention.

He began with an introduction to mechanical sealing technology before addressing the misconception that these seals are an optional extra, providing insight into their proven applicability to improving productivity through rotating equipment reliability. Dr Carmody began his career in the chemical and process industry before joining AESSEAL as mechanical seals designer and development engineer. Since gaining his doctorate in science (on fluid structure interaction in bioprosthetic heart valves,) Carmody has worked on a number of prestigious projects that have included the A380 Airbus and new Wembley Stadium.

He sits on several engineering bodies, including the API692 Compressor Dry Gas Seal Committee, and has lectured all over the world. 2KG Training provides delegates with the opportunity to learn from the best professionals in the various fields covered. Courses are designed and presented by leading international experts, all of whom have extensive experience in business as well as their respective professional fields. This focus on experience and expertise allows delegates to benefit from the best possible learning environment. All 2KG Training courses are accredited by SAIMECHE and contribute to attendees’ requirements for continued professional development.

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