Two Minute Tips
Dashboards are a great way to present data effectively. They can display an overview of your plant’s current condition monitoring status as well as historical data. A dashboard can meet specific needs, such as to display data for a particular application, e.g., a hoist, fan, machine tool, rotary calciner, conveyor, or any other critical piece of equipment. Or it can visualize process data, enabling operators to act on changes quickly.
- Göran Almqvist
- SPM Instrument AB
If you’re a technician and it’s your job to take these readings with a hand-held data collector, this trend can be described with one word - boring. While there is always value in taking a reading on a rotating asset and using your 5 senses to look for issues that might not be picked up with vibration, this only extends so far for machines that rarely have issues..
Triaxial accelerometers are a useful combination of three sensing pellets, each taken from a single-axis accelerometer and oriented in a new package to cover all three Euclidean axes, that can quickly evaluate a machine’s condition. Obtaining data from just a single measurement axis can certainly clue you into developing machine faults and their severity, but monitoring all three axes, especially at both ends of the machine, gives the clearest picture of overall machine health.
- Peter Eitnier
- Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies
‘The Cloud’ refers to software, services and data that are stored on the internet. However, this data is not just stored in a random location; it will be located on a group of computers operated by a service provider. Typically it will be Microsoft, Amazon, or Google, but other providers are available. These companies have vast arrays of computer servers located in Data Centres around the world, and your data will be kept in one or more of these data centres – and generally restricted to one region (for example, the US or EU) upon request.
- David Procter
The ISO 10816-3 standard provides criteria for evaluating the vibration of machinery according to measurements taken on non-rotating parts, such as bearings, bearing pedestals, or housings. It serves as a general guideline for determining overall machine condition based on the magnitude of vibration and changes in vibration levels over time. While these aren’t always the only factors that need to be considered when identifying faults, the standard is very useful for performing basic vibration analysis.
- Elise Brannon
- Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies
Across the world the approach to safety is quite varied, and one can easily become complacent if you do not take a wider view of it. In many forums, regardless of the engineering discipline or matter of social interest, there will be varying views about what is acceptable in terms of safety or what should be common knowledge.
- PJ Cloete
- AVT Reliability
Dissipation Factor is an electrical test helps defi ne the overall condition of an insulating material. A di-electric material is a material which is a poor conductor of electricity but an effi cient supporter of an electrostatic field. When an electrical insulating material is subjected to an electrostatic fi eld, opposing electric charges in di-electric material form di-poles
- Mark Koch
- ALL-TEST Pro, LLC
In the mining industry reclaimers are used at stockyards and ports, as materials handling equipment for loading trains and ships. These are critical equipment for maintaining throughput and a severe break down can easily run into millions of dollars of lost revenue and should be avoided. A failure in the bucket wheel bearings or drive units can put reclaimer out of service for many days.
- Hiren Limbachiya
- ONYX InSight