February 2006

Engineering Case Histories

Case 31: The analytical modeling niche

A simple model can greatly expand your equipment knowledge

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

A "niche" is defined as something you are very good at doing and makes you stand out from others. For example, a professor may have a special talent for presenting information to students, or an engineer may come up with a unique way or "niche," such as analytical modeling, to solve problems. When we first start working in industry, we don't have the years of experience needed to solve problems that many of our gray-haired peers do. Experience is a great problem solver as long as it is similar to something that has occurred in the past. However, when the equipment and the controls are new and complex, like so many are today, or if a certain failure has never been experienced before, analyt

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