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How Do I Make My Plant More Reliable?


spectrum-plot2-dataIn the industrial environment there is a constant stream of new technologies coming to market that claim to be able to increase up-time and reliability. All of these new tools and high tech gadgets generally provide one thing... data. Collecting data and then knowing what to do with it, in a very broad sense, is one of the most important thing that you can do to increase reliability. Take for instance vibration monitoring devices that collect machine data on rotating equipment, they are incredibly valuable predictors of failures assuming one has the knowledge to determine what the collected data means for that piece of equipment. Seeing a trend towards failure on a unit gives you the opportunity to be proactive instead of reactive, like having a spare on hand and scheduling a change over.

Another area where you could be building a beneficial data base is in electric motor repair reports. If you have a collection of failure reports from the past several years showing that one particular piece of equipment is experiencing the same drive end bearing failure on a belt driven application you then can narrow down on belt tension, correct bearing type or alignment to resolve the issue and eliminate this problem. Over time these solutions will add up and you will necessarily see down time decrease. 

The question of "How do I make my plant more reliable?" can be a simple one to answer but it can also be very complicated. While implementation will always have it's complexities, increase data and increase knowledge to increase reliability. The tools are available and opportunities exist to get moving in the right direction.


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Justin T. Hatfield, CRL, CMRP

HECO - All Systems Go


About the author:

Justin T. Hatfield, CRL, CMRP  is the President at HECO - All Systems Go. He is responsible for Electric Motor & Drive Sales, Electric Motor & Generator Repairs, Spare Solutions, and Predictive Services.  Justin is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) by the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). HECO is an EASA Accredited Service Center for Electric Motors as well as a provider of predictive maintenance & reliability services and products throughout the United States.


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