Tech Trends | Predictive Maintenance Technologies

April 16, 2012

iPURCHASE, A supplement from IMPO MAGAZINE • March 2012

Companies are attempting to operate leaner and more efficiently every day, with predictive maintenance still serving as a driving force. With a variety of tools on the market, there is something for every operation, large or small.

There is so much technology available to manufacturers and distributors, it’s hard to know where to start looking, especially when it comes to industrial maintenance equipment.

Getting Started

If you’ve thought about starting up a predictive maintenance program in the past, but have shied away because of the details involved, or if you currently have a program in place and just aren’t seeing the results that you would like to see, you are not alone – this is a complex topic with constantly evolving technological solutions. And from a distributor standpoint, possessing a purchasing and sales team that truly understands the functionality and value these tools can bring to the customer is a great way to stand out from the pack. Two individuals in the predictive maintenance industry who deal specifically with vibration analysis were willing to share their scoop on the issues that they found most critical to understanding the significance of this technology.

“Predictive maintenance technologies can be applied to almost any equipment or system that has rotating, electrical or lubricated components,” notes Trent Phillips, the Condition Monitoring Manager for Florida-based LUDECA, Inc. “This includes motors, pumps, fans, gearboxes, turbines, generators, compressors, milling machines and many more. Some of the common equipment faults detected with vibration analysis are bearing defects, lubrication issues, misalignment, unbalance, gear defects, electrical problems, belt issues, resonance, looseness, foundation problems, and many more.” It looks like everybody needs predictive maintenance equipment. 

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