Troubleshooting Training Hands-On Machine

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Do it yourself training course teaches how to troubleshoot machines and processes
and includes a real mach

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The MIMIC machine:
for hands-on learning


Looking at the Mimic's control panel tells you nothing about what it does, how it works, or the purpose of controls or indicator lights. Perhaps its like PLC cabinets in your plant . . . those imposing "beige boxes". . . or equipment you service in the field that provides scant documentation.

The Mimic is like a mentor that helps your people improve their ability to troubleshoot equipment they maintain.

Mimic face

Starting with blank paper, they sketch the Mimic panel and add information.


They also need information about the controlled process.

To make it tougher, a process that few understand, was chosen . . . a machine that coats candy bars with chocolate.

Sketch enrober

In the course, your people learn what they need to know about this chocolate system and create a diagram that shows what each of the Mimic's controls operates, what it's indicators mean and where the electrical test points are located in the controlled system; things you'll want them to understand on your equipment.

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Another role the Mimic assumes in the course emphasizes teamwork.

The Mimic becomes a World War II bomber.

Team members assume roles of pilot and co-pilot who must share knowledge and skills.

B 17 Panel

The Mimic's test lights provide essential information to the co-pilot about the status of the plane as the pilot executes the steps from startup through takeoff to arrival at cruising altitude. The pilot provides flying skills and knowledge.

The MIMIC requires no knowledge of electronics.

A multimeter is optional because the Mimic's indicator lights show relative voltage levels and status of digital test points.

Dip swiches program the MIMIC to represent a variety of machines or processes and introduce faults.

The Mimic assists your people in applying effective troubleshooting methods presented in this program to their jobs.

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