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
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
Condition-based monitoring (CbM) is the Industry 4.0 equivalent of wearable fitness devices. With the explosion of connectivity comes the opportunity to observe the physical world like never before and to see physical processes in action, in real time, in fine detail. In industrial....
- Stuart Servis
- Analog Devices
This case study comes from a custom-made, four-story-high pump at Engro Fertilizers. In January 2014, we started noticing abnormal noise and vibration from the gearbox. But we couldn’t see anything apart from an increased gear mesh frequency…
- Haider Ali
- Engro Fertilizers
This case study shows some of the capabilities of motion amplification technology. This vertical treated water pump was experiencing high vibration, and high lateral motion in line with the suction and discharge piping at the top of the motor when running at around 72%. We decided to take some video footage...
- Andrew Gale
- Optical Motion Technologies
When Scott Fischer, Maintenance Manager, joined Basic American Foods, he recognized that the Blackfoot Basic American Foods plant was in need of a dedicated lubricant storage and handling process and products to support his reliability program goals.
- Mark Barnes
In the world of horse racing, guessing the winners is pretty much a gamble. But imagine if a gambler knew in advance the trifecta of the race. It would be a no-brainer, and they would put everything they had on the race knowing they would see huge returns on the investment...
- Noah Bethel
- PdMA Corporation
Failure mechanisms such as misalignment, balance, or lubrication issues can cause machinery failure. Many of these problems can be identified using standard non-destructive testing (NDT) methods including vibration analysis, infrared thermography, and tribology....
- Trent Martz
- IVC Technologies
So what does it really mean to increase lubricant cleanliness? We read various articles and textbooks that talk about how increasing the cleanliness of an in-service oil will increase the life of a component and the lubricant, but how do we make that happen...
- Mark Barnes