Are Your Vibration Program Routes Optimized?

October 1, 2019

A route for vibration programs is the order in which machines that need to have vibration data collected on them have that data collected. To be able to optimize the data collection time and effort, the best practice is to have multiple routes. The machines in the route should be listed in a strategic and […]

That Dam Jackshaft Alignment was Easy!

September 24, 2019

Complex Jackshaft alignment made simple with experience and an Easy-Laser XT660 Shaft Alignment Tool When you are working with nature, you treat it with respect. And that’s what this dam facility on the Kootenay River in British Columbia does (image, above left). When you harness the power of a river you need your control systems […]

Does Your Equipment Breathe Properly?

September 17, 2019

Problem Dirt particles as small as 5 microns can easily damage bearings and gears in equipment. Unfortunately, gearbox vents and hydraulic breather caps only prevent particles larger than 25-45 microns from being ingested into machinery from the surrounding air.   As a result, those large particles are broken down into much smaller particles resulting in premature […]

Use Ultrasound to Optimize Grease Replenishment

September 10, 2019

JUNE 2019 – PUMPS AND SYSTEMS Condition monitoring helps manage over-lubrication. Ultrasound is a guide to precision grease replenishment in motor bearings. It is also known for its versatility for leak detection, valve assessment and electrical fault detection. Acoustic lubrication is an integral component of ultrasound programs. Fewer than 95 percent of all roller bearings […]

Removing This Spring from your Rotating Equipment will Make Your Alignments Easier

September 3, 2019

I remember once performing an alignment where I followed the guidelines at the time to make sure no soft foot was present before continuing the alignment. I struggled to take care of the soft foot issue, yet still had unacceptable results.  No more than 3-5 shims under each foot? Check.  Pull each shim pack with […]

Downtime: 8 Forms of Waste

August 27, 2019

We know that unforeseen failures can leave machines unavailable for use. Defects attributed to premature component wear and failure due to over/under lubrication, poor installation practices such as improper bearing heating can also cause inventory depletion and other forms of waste…How else can we think about the costly effects of downtime? This useful acronym spells […]

To Triax or not to Triax When Collecting Vibration Data

August 20, 2019

First off, “triax” is short for “triaxial accelerometer sensor”. A triaxial sensor has three (tri) separate sensors (that collect data in the X, Y, and Z directions) contained in one housing, compared to a single axis sensor in a normal accelerometer. There are many pros and cons to using a triaxial sensor. A few things […]

Avoid Bearing Failures by Having the Right Tools and Procedure, Plus Understand the Value of Proper Bearing Installation.

August 13, 2019

Predictive maintenance plays a huge part in the overall reliability of your assets. Most of the time, equipment fails because of a bearing or seal failure. Bearing failures are very common, and improper installation of a bearing is one of the biggest reasons it fails. If you don’t do it right, and with the proper […]

Uncoupled Misalignment Measurement Made Easy

August 6, 2019

There are many reasons why one would perform an uncoupled alignment. We could have a tight tolerance coupling that cannot be installed without getting the alignment of the shafts close. Or simply, we do not have the coupling available at the moment the alignment needs to happen. Uncoupled alignments are performed using the same 5-step […]

Field Balancing: Understand the Problem, Know The Right Tools, and Learn From Graphical Examples

July 30, 2019

There are a lot of aspects that need to be taken care of in condition monitoring. Field balancing is one of those. There are two types of balancing: static and dynamic. The first one deals with balancing in a controlled environment and another one is balancing a piece of equipment in the field under field […]

The 9 Indicators of an Effective Lubrication Program

July 23, 2019

Understanding the Key Components of an Effective Lubrication Program Lubrication is often overlooked in organizations.  Why it is overlooked, I am unsure.  Maybe it is because it is considered to be a basic job, given to the apprentice, or it is just too simple to not to do it correctly. However, with a focus on lubrication, […]

How Long Will Rotating Machinery Stay Accurately Aligned?

July 16, 2019

We used to assume that once equipment is installed and aligned, it will remain in the same position forever. But this is not always the case. The alignment should be checked periodically. This valuable information will help you to find problems like pipe stress, unstable foundations, weak frames and loose bolts, among other problems. All […]

Lubrication: Should Funnels Be Used?

July 9, 2019

Sources of Equipment Damage: Funnels Maintaining proper oil levels in our equipment is a critical maintenance function to keep our assets running and producing product. Adding (or topping off) oil in our assets requires a means to transfer the lubricant from a container to the machine. The means used to accomplish this task are much […]

Location, Location, Location: Where to Place the Vibration Sensor

July 2, 2019

Where to place the vibration sensor depends on what data you wish to see.  Certain defects show up better in the horizontal direction while other defects show up better in the vertical direction.  So which location should I choose to place my vibration sensor?  Most sensors in use today are single-axis sensors, so generally 95% […]

Comparing Hot Plate to Induction Heating for Proper Bearing Installation

June 25, 2019

In order to heat a bearing for proper bearing installation, you can use multiple methods. In this case I will compare using a hot plate to using an Induction Heater. Hot plates come in different shapes and sizes but in essence it is a plate that will heat up, and onto which a bearing will […]

Sensor Orientation While Collecting Phase

June 18, 2019

When using phase to determine how a machine is moving, the orientation of the sensor mounted on the machine is extremely important.  In Figure 1 below one sensor is attached to the motor’s outboard (non-drive) end in one orientation, and on the other inboard (drive) end, it is mounted in the opposite direction. Because the […]

Common Causes of Machine Failure: #3 Pipe Strain

June 11, 2019

We previously discussed the Types of Misalignment and Types of Soft Foot as causes of machine failures. In this blog, we will discuss Pipe Strain and how it can result in misalignment and vibration. Pipe strain is a form of machine frame distortion caused by the piping as opposed to a feet or base condition. […]

Asset Condition Management! A Risk-based Approach to Asset Management

June 4, 2019

Guest post by Suzane Greeman, ASQ-CMQ/OE, CAMA, CAMP, CMRP, author of the Risk-based Asset Criticality Assessment (R-b ACA©) Handbook.  Suzane is the Principal Asset Management Advisor of Greeman Asset Management Solutions Inc. Asset Condition Management Asset failure is the most common form of risk that is managed on industrial plants. One key element of asset […]

ENERGY SAVINGS 4.0: A Case Study with A Revolutionary Way to Quantify Air Leaks and Save You Cost

May 28, 2019

We’ve all read about it: leak detection should be a top priority since leaks can account for up to 30 to 40% of consumed volume… So, why is this issue still on the table? Why is it difficult to change things in the field? In industry, one of the most common applications for ultrasonic detectors […]

Frame and Foundation Flatness Checks in Ariel ER-82 Reciprocating Compressors are Critical to Bearing and Crankshaft Life

May 21, 2019

It is important to ensure that the top cover mounting surface, machine sole plates and rails, and main bearing “landings” of a compressor frame are installed as flat as possible. This ensures that the main bearing bores and internal components remain undistorted and aligned as per their factory specifications. Ariel Compressors have a strict tolerance […]