Has your Equipment Been Condemned to Death? Bearing Storage Part 2 of 2

May 23, 2017

Bearings are a critical part of the design and function of most mechanical equipment. The majority of bearings never reach their intended design life due to improper selection, storage and installation. Unfortunately, this results in compromised equipment operation, lost capacity and increased costs. Do not condemn your equipment to death through improper bearing storage practices. […]

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Has your Equipment Been Condemned to Death? Proper Lubrication Part 1 of 2

May 16, 2017

Lubricant received from suppliers has been shown statistically to contain high levels of contamination. Improper facility storage of that lubricant allows additional particle and moisture ingress. Improper dispensing of this lubricant introduces added contamination as well.  The accumulated water/moisture contamination causes the lubrication film to weaken and allows the rotating surfaces to move closer to […]

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Using Ultrasound Technology for Acoustic Bearing Lubrication Monitoring

March 14, 2017

Bearings produce less friction when they are properly lubricated. But how do we know? How can you be confident that friction forces are where they should be? How can you confidently apply just the right amount of grease to return friction levels to normal? How can you distinguish between a bearing that need grease and […]

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Labeling Ultrasound Data Collection Points

December 13, 2016

To facilitate the initial learning curve, a labeling system was implemented to help technicians collecting data identify bearings that were part of the initial survey. These descriptors were laminated to prolong their life in the unfriendly environment of a typical cement plant. Standard locations for data collection needed to be understood since labels would become […]

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Mistake #3 – Using a “Listen-Only” Ultrasound Instrument (Series 3 of 3)

September 20, 2016

Like any job there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. Simply listening to a bearing with an ultrasound device that gives no quantitative feedback is a recipe for disaster. The audible feedback is too subjective to draw any comparative conclusions. No two people hear the same and there is no […]

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