The Effects of Soft Foot Conditions in Your Equipment

June 27, 2013

Soft foot conditions lead to a distortion of the equipment’s frame.  Soft foot can exist in several forms such as parallel air gap,  bent foot, squishy foot or an induced soft foot condition.  A good laser alignment tool, adequate training and best practices will help you identify the existence and type of soft foot. This […]

How to best determine vibration monitoring intervals for critical machinery

June 24, 2013

To appropriately determine monitoring intervals a couple of things must be known. First,  the point in time (P) that the potential failure becomes detectible must be known (detected with vibration monitoring,  etc.). Second, the time (F) at which the potential failure would degrade to a functional failure must be known. This difference in time (P-F Interval) […]

Back up your Vibration Data!

June 20, 2013

With the shift in technology over the last ten years,  it is easier to store pictures, music, and documents on a computer. The computer allows quick access to files and the ability to share them. Of course, with technology there are risks, but most can be minimized. One of the worst things that can happen is […]

Are the Guide Bearings on Your Pump Eating up Your Shaft? #pumptalk

June 18, 2013

Vertical turbine pumps need frequent alignments of their guide bearings. The result of not performing the proper alignment can be seen in the image above. In some cases when maintenance disassembles a pump the damage to the shaft is so substantial,  that the entire shaft needs to be replaced. This problem translates into more costly […]

Vibration, alignment training brings huge returns @BICMagazine

June 13, 2013

As Published by BIC Magazine May 2013 issue A relatively small investment in training is a win-win scenario for the plant with a huge return LUDECA Inc. has trained its customers’ maintenance personnel for more than 25 years. The incidence of mistreated laser alignment systems coming back for repair drops dramatically when a plant’s millwrights […]

What Should be the Frequency of Condition Monitoring Activities in a Typical Facility?

June 11, 2013

Most equipment failures are not age related.  The equipment will provide some sign of impending failure if we have the right tools available to understand the change in condition. A lot of facilities assign monitoring intervals based upon arbitrary schedules such as 30,  90, 180 or 365 days.  Often this is due to a lack of […]

As Facility Manager, What are Some Ways to Implement the Best Condition Monitoring and Analysis for your PdM Program?

June 6, 2013

Engage,  support, train, provide direction and set goals for those involved in the Condition Monitoring (CM) effort. Otherwise, they will most likely take poor decisions on your behalf. Unfortunately, most reliability efforts fail. This can be due to change in management focus and the lack of importance placed on reliability efforts such as Condition Monitoring. […]

Thermal growth can damage your equipment and processes, not to mention your bottom line. How to keep it from getting out of hand

June 4, 2013

MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY • April 2013 Improved Trending Leads To More Accurate Alignment Targets Thermal growth can damage your equipment and processes,  not to mention your bottom line. Monitoring positional changes it causes is a good way to keep this pesky phenomenon from getting out of hand. LUDECA was contacted by a customer about a Cooper […]