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A Picture Says a Thousand Words, or in the Case of IRIS M, Millions of Enhanced Pixels

08/22/2019

Far more than a data collection tool, IRIS M is RDI’s patented technology that turns millions of pixels from a camera image into millions of data points that can be monitored, read, and analyzed for critical manufacturing machinery, operations, quality control and other factors that affect plant reliability and productivity. For the first time ever, you can now see movement that is invisible during real time. 

How Does Vibration Analysis Work?

05/08/2019

In recent years, companies have entered the transition from reactive maintenance, to planned maintenance, and into the most efficient method found in predictive maintenance. While the first two methods have dominated in the past, they have been found to be costly, inefficient in time, and sometimes result in over-maintenance of machines. 

In predictive maintenance, machine downtime, cost for spare parts, and overtime are all held to a minimum. With all of these benefits, you may be asking - “What is the best implementation of predictive maintenance in my workplace?"

One of the most effective ways of predictive services is Vibration Analysis.

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:

Are your vendors holding you hostage?

12/19/2017

During a recent plant survey we encountered several motors that were suspiciously missing the manufacturer’s data plate but miraculously had a data plate from the last repair vendor. These “vendor” data plates usually only have the vendors job number and of course their logo and contact phone number. This is an old trick that forces the customer to call the last vendor for a replacement motor or a motor repair. 

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 important is certification for vibration analysis?

07/06/2017

Category I, Category II, Category III and Category IV - What are they and what do they have to do with vibration analysis? Why should they matter to my corporation?

Through The Vibration Institute, Mobius Institute, Technical Associates of Charlotte, and various other groups offer certification in vibration analysis. More importantly, they are certification to ISO 18436-2 Vibration Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics.

Imbalance and Vibration in your fan are not the same!

05/25/2017

It is very regularly that we receive a call from a client that a fan is vibrating and that we need to send someone out there to balance the fan! A good portion of the time when we arrive, it is indeed a balance issue, where the fan has had a buildup of material on it. Many times this throws off the balance but simply cleaning the fan blades can resolve the issue. Sometimes it can't which is when the actual process of balancing comes into play.

Considering buying a vibration condition monitoring system? Here are the various types of systems and technologies

03/21/2017

The world of vibration condition monitoring is quickly and constantly changing. New products and technologies are coming out regularly from a variety of manufacturers.

There are data collector applications for iPads, Bluetooth sensors such as the iALERT2 Equipment Health Monitor, wireless continuous monitoring solutions, etc. With so many options out there, where do they all fit? The purpose of this article is to discuss the basic types of solutions that are out there and where they may fit you and your plant's needs. 

Visual Inspections are still as important as ever!

02/22/2017

In the world of technology, more specifically maintenance technology, there are so many different tools we are using to make decisions. We use vibration analysis, ultrasonic analysis, motor current analysis, thermography, and so many other technologies that many times the most simple and cost-affordable technology is sometimes forgotten: YOUR EYES!

Visual inspections can tell you a lot about how a piece of equipment is running. Does it have clogged filters? is there an oil leak? is the oil level high? is it low? Is the fan cover plugged? are cooling fins plugged?

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