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Condition tasks such as vibration monitoring,  oil analysis, thermography, ultrasound, motor testing and other methods should be used to identify failure conditions that can result in functional failures in your equipment. Collaboration of data between these technologies facilitates machinery fault diagnosis.
Proactive techniques like those referenced above require an investment in technology, training, labor, implementation and maintaining the activity. However, this investment will pay continual returns through improvements in maintenance planning and scheduling, reliability, reduced costs and reduced risks.
Identification and correction of failure conditions before a functional failure occurs in machinery has proven to be more cost effective and to provide reduced financial risks versus a reactive maintenance program which instead applies a run to failure approach.

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by Ana Maria Delgado, CRL