What is Cross Channel phase?

July 30, 2013

Cross channel phase is a process of using a two-channel instrument to determine the phase relationship between two measurement locations without using a fixed reference tachometer. The cross channel phase uses two time waveform signals: Using channel “A” as a reference it takes one cycle in the time waveform as one revolution of the shaft […]

Preventing problems before they occur is the best way to avoid downtime and failures

July 25, 2013

Simple Defect Elimination PUMPS & SYSTEMS • July 2013 Defect elimination is a simple maintenance strategy with seemingly obvious value. However,  how many facilities pursue it to the greatest degree of value? According to Webster’s online,  a defect is “an imperfection that impairs worth or utility.” The “utility” part of the definition is significant because […]

Why Align Your Rotating Equipment?

July 23, 2013

Proper equipment alignment removes many root causes of equipment failure. Some of the benefits of proper alignment are: Reducing vibration levels. Lowering vibration levels in your equipment will result in increased component life for bearings,  seals, couplings and other components. For example, reducing overall vibration levels in equipment by 10% can increase bearing life by approximately 40%. […]

Survey says: Less than 10% of machines are aligned to acceptable tolerances

July 18, 2013

A survey conducted by one of the world’s leading rotating equipment service organizations shows that less than 10% of the 160 machines randomly chosen for measurement were found to be aligned within acceptable limits. It is important to align your machines to within specified tolerances and for that LUDECA has included Acceptable and Excellent Shaft Alignment […]

Reliability breeds safety! Does your plant have reliable safety?

July 16, 2013

A plant that is unreliable cannot be safe.  As a plant becomes more reliable it becomes a safer working environment.  Safety incidents decrease,  because less work is required on the equipment,  less equipment failures occur which creates unsafe conditions, etc.  Reliability breeds safety! How is your facility using reliability efforts such as Condition Monitoring to […]

Condition Monitoring: Are you getting to the root of the issue and how?

July 11, 2013

Condition Monitoring (CM) tools have become smaller,  lighter,  faster and more sophisticated in recent years.  Functionality that once was limited to a computer in an office can now be easily done in the field with the right CM analysis tool.  It is now possible to do complete equipment analysis at the machine.  Modern Condition Monitoring tools […]

3 Benefits of Precision Shaft Alignment

July 9, 2013

1. Reduced Energy Consumption Significant power savings can be made through accurate alignment. Precise alignment eliminates reaction forces and reduces energy consumption by up to 10%. 2. Reduced Incidence of Repairs Mechanical seal repairs decline by up to 65% when precision alignment is carried out on a regular basis. The rate of repairs declines by […]

Checklists and Procedures in Maintenance

July 2, 2013

Every organization claims they have procedures or “checklists” to eliminate self-induced failures or missed steps,  but are they followed? Are they accurate? Are they written to a sufficient level of detail? Have they ever been reviewed? Do we know the difference and when to use them? A checklist is a type of informational job aid […]