Do you know when your machinery will fail? The answer may surprise you:

  • 6% of machines fail during the infant mortality period (startup)
  • 11% of machine failures are due to age
  • 89% of machinery failures are random

[Source: United Airlines Study]

This means that your equipment is as likely to fail after a few months of operation as it is after long periods of operation (many months,  years, etc.).

Machines usually give some type of indication before failing.  Condition Monitoring techniques like vibration analysis can help you become aware of the changes in machinery conditions that lead to failure.  This knowledge will lead to benefits such as:

  • Reduction in machinery failures
  • Fewer catastrophic failures
  • Increased production
  • Better maintenance planning
  • Better maintenance scheduling
  • Greater control over spare parts
  • Reduced costs
  • Increased uptime
  • Increased equipment reliability
  • Increased equipment life
  • Improved profit
  • Reduced risk
  • Many more…

After this reading post, you now do not have to 89% of the time wonder what is going to happen next with the equipment in your facility.

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by Trent Phillips