Don’t be like a Dog! Don’t just sniff around, find ways to mark your territory and then leave.

January 30, 2014

Some studies have shown that 70% of reliability efforts fail. Some of the main reasons for this are changes in key individuals responsible for the implementation,  support and management of these efforts. Individuals become frustrated and leave,  are moved into other positions, terminated by management that does not see the value of their efforts, assigned […]






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Shaft Alignment: Prove it before you move it

January 28, 2014

Most of us know that accurate shaft alignment will increase the life of machine components such as bearings,  seals, and couplings, and thereby help prolong the life of your equipment. However, performing a shaft alignment can be cumbersome at times, especially aligning multiple machines in a machine train at once. A multi-coupling train is an […]






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Monitoring to Determine Actual Alignment Targets

January 23, 2014

A recent customer visit offered us an opportunity to provide dynamic measurement on a large Combustion Gas Turbine Generator package. This machine has a history of excessive vibration following startup and continuing into steady state operations.  It was suspected that the changes in the alignment condition of this machine were the reason for the excessive […]






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Seven common techniques that should be used every day in a vibration analysis program

January 21, 2014

What are some of the most common techniques that should be used every day in a vibration analysis program? Spectrum Analysis Spectrum Analysis is used to help identify the normal operation frequencies of a machine. Additionally,  the defect frequencies and their characteristics can be routinely identified. Waveform Analysis Waveforms are one of the most overlook […]






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Shift Happens!

January 16, 2014

Have you ever been notified by operations that a machine is experiencing an issue and asked to quickly help determine the nature of the problem? Does this happen repeatedly on the same machine? Even around the same time of day or week? Have you considered that process changes could be affecting the equipment? Changes in […]






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