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I don't care why it failed - Just get production running again!

12/17/2019

A piece of equipment in your plant just failed. You didn't see it coming. You aren't prepared for this. Management is demanding that production starts again. Sound familiar?

STOP!    STOP!    STOP!

You may be caught in an endless cycle of failure after failure. You continually look for "who to blame" versus figuring out what actually happened.

Failure, Rinse, Repeat! Isn't it time to do something different? Let's look at the entire picture to see this... Ever heard of the Uptime® Elements?

Why Is Vibration Analysis Needed?

10/30/2019

Industrial vibration analysis is a measurement tool used to identify, predict, and prevent failures in rotating machinery. When analyzing machine frequency vibrations, (frequency analysis) it is normal to find a number of important frequencies that are directly related to the movement of various parts of the machine. Vibration may influence the durability and reliability of machinery systems or structures and cause problems such as damage, abnormal stopping, and catastrophic failures. Vibration measurement is an important countermeasure to prevent these problems from occurring.

Electric Motor Management or Electric Motor Hotel?

10/23/2019

Often times when I broach the subject of electric motor management with a potential customer I hear “we already have that”. I then ask them to explain to me what their motor management program consists of? Most of the time I get, “my motor shop stores my motors and when I have a motor fail, they send me another”. I then think to myself; “This is not motor management this is a motor hotel…” Motors are stuck on a shelf and held until they are needed.

Do You Know What Motors Are In Your Plant?

10/17/2019

Don’t you love when a motor fails on you in your plant and come to find out you didn’t even know that motor was there or even worse there is no spare?  Now you have unwanted downtime, rush repair costs/rushing in a new motor, rigging cost and an unwanted hit to your budget. This then makes you realize there could be another piece of equipment in your facility that you don’t know about, that is vital in your process.

Know Your Vertical Motor Thrust Bearings

10/09/2019

One of the biggest differences between horizontal motors and vertical motors is the bearing arrangement. Typically, the bearing arrangement inside a vertical motor consists of one or more thrust bearings and a guide bearing. The thrust bearing is commonly mounted on the top of the motor and the guide bearing is located on the bottom. The typical thrust bearings found in a vertical motor are one or more angular contact bearings, a spherical roller bearing, or a hydrodynamic plate bearing, lubricated in an oil bath reservoir. The axial force is either upward, downward or balanced, and is generally the factor used to size the thrust bearing. As the thrust becomes greater, the bearing size or quantity of bearings normally increases.

Is Your Motor Repair Shop Making You Dependent on Them or Teaching You?

08/28/2019

Just like in our everyday relationships, we tend to stay with a person or business because we have been “using them for years", but are they helping you or do you feel obligated to stay with them?  Have you been using the same car mechanic forever, but your car still has the same issues? 

Would you continue to use that vendor?

Selecting the Correct Motor Enclosure

05/14/2019

Are you replacing your failed motor with the best motor for your application and environment? The easy part of replacing your motor is matching the frame size, horsepower, RPM, and voltage, but it may not always be wise to just replace the motor with a motor matching the same enclosure that you have always had.

It is important to consider what enclosure is best for the environment that the motor is going to be installed in. You certainly wouldn’t want to continue on with a mistake that was made when the original motor was selected. Often times equipment OEM’s select a motor based on cost and not what's in the best interest of the longevity of service.

Are you stuck in a reactive state of maintenance?

03/20/2018

It’s relatively common to walk into an industrial plant or facility and find that they are stuck in a reactive state of maintenance. Most of these facilities have a desire to change but just don’t know how to get there. The first step is to understand some of the advantages and disadvantages of reactive maintenance.

How are you using maintenance data? To make decisions?

02/26/2018

There is so much data available to  us in today's world. Smart homes, smart thermostats, smart light bulbs, everything is "smart." If you went out and bought one of the smart devices, would you use it? Or would you use it just like your previous "non-smart" thermostat? If you are going to pay a premium for the device, you most likely will use some of the new features on it.

Maintenance Philosophies: Breakdown Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Predictive Maintenance

01/16/2018

The below video is a 7 minute segment of a 30 minute long presentation given by Adam Smith and Jacob Bell of HECO PSG at the 2017 Reliability, Process, and Maintenance (RPM) Symposium. This presentation discusses three different maintenance philosophies: breakdown maintenance, preventive maintenance, and predictive maintenance.

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