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
Pumps are critical pieces of equipment in a large variety of industrial settings. Although they are routinely monitored as part of a facility’s CBM program, the data captured in this way isn’t always enough to identify the signs of early-stage pump cavitation. Vibration data can provide valuable insight into the pump’s condition, and with the right monitoring setup can help you identify developing cavitation before serious damage or failure occurs.
- Elise Brannon
- Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies
AVT Reliability® has been involved in resolving a wide range of high operational vibration issues with plant and machinery and including pipework vibration. This has led AVT Reliability® to design and develop a comprehensive range of versatile vibration solutions.
- AVT Reliability
More than 300 million electric motors are used in infrastructure, large buildings, and industry globally. These motors account for about 2/3rds of the industrial power consumption. Electricity is required in almost all areas of the plant to provide the driving force that either operates the equipment that produces the products or provides the services that the plant’s equipment was built to perform..
- Mark Koch
- ALL-TEST Pro, LLC
Variable frequency drives (VFDs) have become a preferred method of process control for electric motor driven equipment ranging from vertical water pumps to centrifugal air fans. The following is a basic discussion of risks of using a VFD with direct driven centrifugal fans and methods of mitigating those risks to maintain equipment reliability.
- David Sheffler
- IVC Technologies
As predictive maintenance teams in industrial facilities strive for a more complete picture of their equipment’s health, high frequency vibration measurements have become a crucial addition to identify faults such as motor and pump bearing defects and gear tooth inconsistencies in high-speed gearboxes. As a result, there is an upsurge in demand for vibration sensors with a high frequency response.
- Meredith Christman
- PCB Piezotronics
Studies show that 50 to 70% of all equipment failures can be directly traced to a lubrication-related issue, most of which can be found with oil analysis.
A small number of semiconductor manufacturers have overcome the noise, bandwidth and g-Range shortcomings commonly associated with MEMS sensors used in Condition-based Monitoring (CbM) by producing several medium and high-performance MEMS vibration sensors with the latter being comparable to piezo accelerometers.
- Chris Murphy
- Analog Devices, Inc
Balancing cost reduction and efficiency improvement targets is a common source of frustration for maintenance and engineering managers. For facilities that operate continuously with no window for unplanned shutdowns, poor reliability and availability of machinery is far more serious, but even in factories with regular opportunities for maintenance, recovery can still be expensive and time consuming.
- AVT Reliability