Having the Vibration Analysis Data Alone doesn’t Fix Anything

March 21, 2017

First and foremost vibration data setups must be properly configured to allow the correct results to be collected thus allowing the analyst to interpret the vibration data for defects. The defect findings should be presented in a manner that the personnel that are responsible for the repair of the equipment now have the necessary information […]






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Complementary Condition Monitoring Boosts Reliability

January 10, 2017

As Published by COMPRESSORtech2 Magazine October 2016 issue by Karl Hoffower – Condition Monitoring and Reliability Expert for Failure Prevention Associates Combining ultrasound and vibration sensing adds precision to recip valve analyses Over the past decade, ultrasonic condition monitoring of reciprocal compressor valves has become more widely known. However, it does not seem to be widely used. Ultrasonic testing measures high-frequency sound waves, […]






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A clean and balanced approach to equipment maintenance

December 20, 2016

Proper equipment function requires a properly aligned and balanced machine.  Allowing a machine to operate with an unbalance condition can result in bearing damage, cracks, loose components and many other costly maintenance issues.  Loose debris can dislodge and impact the balance quality of a machine. Debris buildup on the impellers/blades, and other rotating parts can […]






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Why should you rethink overall vibration monitoring?

October 11, 2016

As Published by Maintenance Technology Magazine August 2016 issue Clinging to a single approach that made economic sense for your plant ‘back in the day’ could be an expensive strategy.” Overall values are the most common measurements and calculations used in vibration analysis. What’s more, some reliability and maintenance programs rely solely on them. The goal […]






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Are your reliability KPI’s tricking you?

July 12, 2016

The maintenance and reliability world is filled with key performance indicators (KPIs).  Properly tracking KPIs can be challenging due to difficulties in obtaining accurate data and the time required to obtain them.  The key is to pick KPIs that will help you identify and drive the behavior that you need to change right now. As […]






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