Why You Should Backup Your Database

March 24, 2015

You should regularly back up any active database to guard against data loss and to protect the investment made in your database design. A backup allows you to easily restore an entire database without the hassle of rebuilding everything from scratch. Backups help protect a database from system failures and help protect against mistakes. As the size of your database grows, you should consider archiving the older data. Archiving is the process by which you periodically move older records from one database to an archive database. If you want to automate creating backups of database files, consider using a product that performs automated backups of a file system, such as file server backup software or a USB external backup device. To decide how often to make backups, consider how often your database changes: • If your database is an archive, or if it is used only for reference and rarely changes, you should make a backup every time that your data changes. • If your database is active and your data frequently changes, you should back up your database on a schedule. The more active the database or greater the number of changes, the more often you should schedule the backups. The easiest way to back up an OMNITREND database is to use the copy and paste function within Windows Explorer. Locate your Access database within Windows Explorer and left click on the file to highlight it; next right click on the file and select copy. While in Windows Explorer navigate to the location that you would like to copy the database and right click on the location and select paste. You have now created a backup of your database. If you are uncertain as to where the database file is located; open OMNITREND and the top bar will inform you of the location and name of your database. OMT imageIt is recommended that the backup database be stored on a different computer as the original. If that computer crashes it will result in the loss of both the original and the backup database. A few suggestions as to where to store a backup database would be a CDROM/DVD, USB stick, network drive, the cloud, or another computer.


ER-82 Compressor Flatness Check with the LEVALIGN EXPERT

March 17, 2015

Now, more than ever flatness checks for main bearing bore alignment in reciprocating compressors are critical to bearing and crankshaft life. Ariel Compressors have a strict tolerance for the top rail alignment and the ER-82 document provided by Ariel discusses this in detail. There are many ways to perform a flatness check so long as the equipment meets the Ariel guideline for accuracy. Many people have chosen the INCLINEO but the LEVALIGN EXPERT adds a new dynamic in versatility.

In Midland, Texas, Shamrock Field Services performs these alignments with the LEVALIGN EXPERT. When checking a large frame like an Ariel JGZ the LEVALIGN EXPERT gives the user consistent, reproducible measurements they can trust to make critical adjustments. During a recent job in Odessa, Texas the Shamrock group used their ROTALIGN ULTRA IS and LEVALIGN EXPERT to check both the coupling alignment and the top rail flatness of an electric drive motor and JGZ compressor in less than an hour. LEVALIGN EXPERT image

My experience is with both the INCLINEO and LEVALIGN EXPERT; let’s just say I am glad we purchased the right tool for the job. The LEVALIGN EXPERT is quick and very easy to operate. It cuts time and makes for a more proficient report. Hands down the LEVALIGN EXPERT is the way to go.” —Geoffrey Jameson, Shamrock Field Services

The initial setup of the LEVALIGN EXPERT for a top rail measurement is simple. Because the LEVALIGN EXPERT’s self-leveling laser adjusts to the surface plane automatically – the system can be put anywhere within line-of-sight for the rails to be measured. Either a magnetic plate or a tripod may be used to position the laser. Before placing the sensor on the rail via magnet, you want to make sure the rails are clean and clear of debris or excess oil. Once the rails have been cleaned the LEVALIGN EXPERT automated sensor is placed at the first point to be taken. The motorized sensor will lock into the laser and allow each point to be measured. Eight total points should be taken in no particular order.

I would recommend that if you are going to check the top rail of your compressor to use the LEVALIGN EXPERT, it will save time and headache in the long run.” —Dewayne Atwood, Shamrock Field Services

Taking measurements with the LEVALIGN EXPERT takes less than 5 minutes on JGZ and other large scale compressors due to the freedom of a powerful Bluetooth. With the measurement data recorded, adjustments can be made by viewing the information in the rugged ROTALIGN ULTRA computer. Several options are available for scale, 3-D view or Table view. These numbers can be plugged into the ER-82 spreadsheet or used in the Alignment Center software. Reporting may also be done in the field through the USB option.

Versatility in many work environments is a key factor to the completion of a job and the ease of use with the LEVALIGN EXPERT sure outshines the INCLINEO.” —Robert Beck, Shamrock Field Services

Special thanks to the team at Shamrock Field Services, a gas compression service company, for sharing with us their success with our products.


What are the Characteristics of a Successful Condition Monitoring Analyst?

March 10, 2015

Being a successful condition monitoring (CM) analyst requires qualities such as intelligence, dedication, a thick skin, willingness to help others, ability to focus, and more. Success in this profession is not easy. In fact, it can be argued that success is a constant struggle. The most successful CM analysts will have certain traits that are keys to their success; however, possibly the most important is the drive to “know” – to know what is causing that anomaly, defect, or early failure.

Read my entire article at PLANT SERVICES: Keys to Condition Monitoring Success

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Is your Company Fit for Deployment?

March 3, 2015

One of the top priorities of any military organization is keeping soldiers fit for deployment upon demand. This usually involves exercises to maintain and increase job skill, physical abilities, overall health and mental capabilities. Troops are encouraged and required to participate in activities that achieve these readiness goals. Why should your organization and position be any different? What are you and your organization doing to ensure fitness for job deployment each day? Are your employees trained to function like F Troop or Seal Team Six?

Download my entire UPTIME MAGAZINE article: Is your Company Fit for Deployment?

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Join us as we showcase our products at APRIL 2015 Industry Events

March 2, 2015

We will have our shaft alignment, pulley alignment and vibration analysis and balancing products at the following trade shows:

Booth# 233
April 1 – 2
Portland, OR
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Booth# 30
April 14 – 16
Las Vegas, NV

Booth# 609
April 21 – 23
Cleveland, OH
Attend our session “Measure and Verify Foundation Flatness to Ensure Reliable Performance” by Steve Lochard
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Hidden Failures can expose your facility to increased risks and serious consequences

February 24, 2015

A hidden failure is not obvious under normal circumstances. Hidden failures can expose your facility to increased risks that may have serious consequences. The sources within your facility for hidden failures may be many. A good reliability program will give special consideration to these types of potential failures and their associated risks.

Have you considered that the software used within your facility may lead to hidden failures in a sense? Your software may lack documentation, reporting and analytical capabilities. Data may be hidden, improper diagnostics made, or corrective action not taken based upon the information, etc., all of which can lead to equipment failures. Intentional misuse of the information may be possible as well without the ability to apply proper oversight.

Make sure the software you use properly collects, stores and reports information of value that can be used to drive your maintenance and reliability efforts. Make sure that the information is correctly analyzed and appropriate action taken. Otherwise, your software tools may give you indications of problems that go unmitigated until costly failures occur.

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