Using in-service oil analysis to improve machinery reliability is well understood since waiting for off-site results and diagnostics incurs delays that impact day-to-day, lubrication-related reliability tasks.
- Daniel Walsh
- AMETEK Spectro Scientific
From pumps to compressors, turbines to gearboxes, equipment reliability is vital to maintain a competitive advantage. Layer in the exceptionally high downtime costs of certain units that can exceed $1MM a day, the harsh operating environment (typically outside), and the long turnaround cycles that can extend to 3-5 years and it all adds up to a significant challenge.
- Mark Barnes
With today’s shrinking qualified workforce, it’s common for plants to have their maintenance staff busy repairing “bad actors”. Reliability Engineer Brad Lewis took a different approach in two separate plants. Supported by Reliability Specialist Cindy Moblo, he developed a program to evaluate and correct the root causes of many of the failures his plants were experiencing. Once the root causes were determined, a step-by-step program was developed to resolve the issues.
- Cindy Moblo
As the most common cause of bearing failure, lubrication is serious business. For many years, this “serious business” has been conducted in a way that makes perfect sense on the surface but in fact borders on being haphazard. Relying on time-based, periodic lubrication assumes bearings need to be greased at defined time periods will lead to the risk of under and over lubrication. By using ultrasound technology along with normal practices, you can combine standard time-based maintenance with condition-based predictive maintenance, gaining in the process both a clearer picture of what’s really going on in your machines to improved availability and reliability.
- Ahmed Moataz
- UE Systems Inc.
According to statistics, there are more than 50 billion bearings being manufactured during the past 5 years around the world. Only a relatively small percentage of all bearings in use fail. Majority (90%) of the bearings outlive the equipment in which they have been installed.
- Datong Li
- SPM Instrument AB
The 2020 calendar year has certainly brought with it many challenges for a variety of industries. The medical field, pulp and paper industry and food supply chain have all been significantly impacted by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. At the grocery store, people experienced (or are still experiencing) empty shelves, limited food supply and less variety when doing weekly shopping. In March 2020, grocery and supply sales increased 29% from the previous year (3).
- Spectro Scientific
- Spectro Scientific
Lubrication is vital to maintenance and reliability. Lubrication done right can alter the path of how asset reliability is managed. Understanding lubrication maintenance strategies and lubrication failure modes will allow key personnel to eliminate root causes to achieve operational KPI’s.
- Ed Duda