What is your company’s definition of “Maintenance”?

December 29, 2015

Have you ever considered what your company’s definition of “maintenance” may be? Unfortunately,  within many organizations “maintenance” is simply synonymous with “fix-it”. Maintenance is derived from the word “maintain” and that concept is critical for equipment reliability. Basically, your goal should be to maintain your equipment to some standard and functional ability. When equipment is […]

A Successful Cardan Shaft Alignment on a Boat using Multipoint Measurement

December 22, 2015

I recently participated in an alignment done on a boat. The alignment was between a diesel engine and V-transmission connected by a cardan shaft. The Challenges: The offset between the gearbox and motor was a little over 1 inch. Aligning the engine to the transmission without removing the cardan shaft. Alignment is difficult because it […]

Four Leading Indicators of Equipment Maintenance

December 15, 2015

Have you ever been asked “How much longer will it run” or “Can we make our production schedule” or other ‘crystal ball’ type questions? These types of questions can be very difficult or virtually impossible to answer. They often place a reliability professional in a difficult position. Some future indicators are (or should be) available […]

The Benefits of Performing Bore Alignment on Large Turbines using a Fixed Control Sensor

December 8, 2015

The need for bore alignment applies across a wide variety of industrial sectors including the marine industry,  energy, oil and gas, chemical and service companies. It is used to determine the centerline of a series of bores, and setting the centerline relative to any fixed reference, or aligning the bores to a rotating shaft, and/or determining out-of-roundness […]

Who is most passionate about maintenance and reliability within your organization?

December 1, 2015

Everyone within your organization should be passionate about improving and maintaining equipment reliability. However,  some groups have more or less to gain from that. Unfortunately, skipping or moving planned work outages, rushing equipment repairs, not allowing proper maintenance activities to occur, and other disruptions are commonplace within many organizations. These are often influenced or controlled […]