Bakery: Oil Sight Glass used in Freezing Environment Food Applications

Bama Companies Inc. manufactures pies, biscuits and dough products for sale directly to consumers, as well as ingredients for other products. Bama Foods Ltd., Bama Frozen Dough and Bama Pie facilities are located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A few years ago, Bama Foods began a total productive maintenance (TPM) initiative to improve productivity, machine reliability and quality. One specific issue that plagues most machinery reliability improvement programs is moisture contamination and the problems associated with this contaminant. This case analysis introduces issues around the use of bottom sediment and water (BS&W) bowls that are often used as one of several methods to help control the presence of moisture

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