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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?

Don't Forget About the Base! Your Equipment's Base Could be Causing you Issues.

06/27/2019

There appears to be a trend happening in industry that needs to be looked at in greater detail and I hope to shed some light on this subject.

We are all so quick to repair the motor, pump, gearbox, or fan when a failure occurs; however, we hardly ever spend time looking at what the equipment is attached to…the base.

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What Is Our Predictive Maintenance World Coming To? - The History of PdM

06/13/2019

There are a few of us “old timers” left around who can remember our first analyzer. It was free, and we thought we could solve anything. It was our very own brain. With the touch of the hand, chunk of broomstick, or long screwdriver, by listening we could solve any issue and predict an impending failure. For the most part, this system worked pretty well and to this day, listening and feeling plays a very integral role in PdM (Predictive Maintenance). The biggest downfall of this method is that same ear and same touch can’t always be there and can’t log or trend what you are feeling and hearing, nor could we actually measure that feel to determine and trend precise changes.

IIoT vs. PdM (Internet of Things Vs. Predictive Maintenance)

06/27/2018

When you start a compare and contrast with Predictive Maintenance and the Internet of Things within the industrial maintenance world; you may have some people scratch their head and say, “are they not the same thing?”.  Well, the easy answer is a simple answer of yes and no.  Yes, they are both moving towards a new way of understanding maintenance and maintenance needs.  No, they are not the same because different tools and technologies are being used to assess equipment and assets. 

What is Vibration Analysis? Time Waveform and FFT Spectrum Analysis

03/08/2018

The below video is a 5 minute segment of a 30 minute long presentation given by Adam Smith, CMRT and Jacob Bell of HECO PSG at the 2017 Reliability, Process, and Maintenance (RPM) Symposium. This presentation discusses the basics of vibration analysis as a predictive maintenance tool. This presentation covers:

What is Vibration Analysis? The Basics

02/13/2018

The below video is a 11 minute segment of a 30 minute long presentation given by Adam Smith, CMRT and Jacob Bell of HECO PSG at the 2017 Reliability, Process, and Maintenance (RPM) Symposium. This presentation discusses the basics of vibration analysis as a predictive maintenance tool. This presentation covers:

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.

8 Quick Ways to Improve Your Plant Maintenance & Reliability

12/13/2017

We are all looking for ways to improve our maintenance practices and increase reliability in our industrial plants and facilities. We see articles and information all the time that talk about "cadillac" programs that people have put together and do a great job for them. Its true, some people take reliability to extreme measures and it pays off for them. However, it seems many people have limited budgets, limited staff, and a management team that is reluctant to try new things.

We cannot solve all of those issues, but what i can recommend are 8 ideas in which you can use to help improve your plant reliability. These can be very sophisticated, or very simple, dependent on how far you would like to go.

How did you choose your vibration route & vibration analysis company?

11/28/2017

A common situation... 20 years ago someone decided that utilizing vibration analysis was a good idea in your plant. Maybe the idea came from a vendor or an internal Predictive Maintenance (PdM) guru. Either way you evaluated it and it just didnt make sense to have an internal team dedicated to this so you decided to outsource it.

How did you choose which company to use?

Was it  a simple decision and go with the person who was bringing the idea to your plant? Did you develop a specification and go out for bid? How you made this determination is something to review down the road.

How long does it have? My equipment is failing!

08/30/2017

As a reliability specialist you often get asked the question, “How long does it have?” or "How long will it last?" after you have determined an issue such as, bearing fault, gear tooth damage, or even imbalance? If you have asked the question or been asked then you’re in the same boat many others have been in before you. The short answer is NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE! Typically, we can compare similar situations of past experiences and determine an estimated answer, but not a definite period of time.

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