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The Potential to Failure Curve (or P-F Curve) gives the user information on how an asset behaves before a failure occurs. This example is focused on failure due to misalignment. The goal of a reliability focused plant is to be as far to the left on the curve as possible. While some companies are doing predictive maintenance work in an effort to reach the left side, many companies today are on the right domain of the curve, doing reactive work.  Being in the reactive domain—putting out fires as they say— increases maintenance costs. This forces a company to perform unplanned work, causes unscheduled downtime, and higher costs to expedite parts. Using technologies like ultrasound, thermography, and vibration analysis will catch an asset in a pre-failing state. This allows time to plan and schedule the repair to take place. However, with the right processes in place, the technician should recognize the misalignment of the machine before it causes components to fail. The ultimate goal is to be so far left on the curve, that it is off the chart, at the point where all the efforts (flat and rigid bases, accounting for thermal growth, eliminating soft foot, precision alignment, etc) are made so that the machine never runs misaligned.
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by Adam Stredel CRL

As Published by BIC Magazine December 2012/January 2013 issue

LUDECA has unveiled a new logo,  slogan and mission statement backed by the same fundamental values on which the company was built.

“Our new slogan — ‘Keep It Running’ — is indicative of what our condition monitoring solutions are committed to doing,  which is keeping U.S. manufacturing running and productive. It is what we have been doing all these years, and it was time to put it in writing.” — Frank Seidenthal, president, LUDECA Inc.
What began in the 1950s as a company in Nicaragua has since expanded to the United States and outgrown its smaller stature. LUDECA Inc. branched out with U.S. operations in Miami in 1979 with only three employees selling a pre-programmed dial indicator system at a time when the Internet and computers were virtually nonexistent within the maintenance arena.
“Everywhere you turn now, the access to information is tremendous,” Seidenthal said. “Along with all of this technology, our product range has also expanded extensively to include not just shaft alignment but geometric tools, portable and on-line vibration analysis solutions and balancing tools.”
To accommodate the growth during the last few years, the company moved to a state-of-the-art facility in Doral, Fla., and grew employment by an additional 15 percent in 2012 alone. Additionally, LUDECA now has field offices in several locations throughout the United States. In light of the growth, the team at LUDECA has unveiled a new logo, slogan and mission statement backed by the same fundamental values on which the company was built.
“We wanted a look and feel that was fresh and modern to reflect our growth and core company focus,” Seidenthal explained. “Not only do we sell state-of-the-art cutting-edge products but we also improve our customers’ equipment reliability. We created a mission statement to emphasize this priority to both our employees and our customers that, at LUDECA, we maintain a high standard of ethics, service and customer support by always striving to exceed customer expectations. The proof is in our growth and high rate of repeat business.”
The company’s new mission statement reads “LUDECA’s goal is to be the premier provider of reliability solutions and technologies to industry. Our years of experience and wealth of knowledge make it possible to offer the very best service and support to our customers. We are, and seek to remain, the leading suppliers of laser shaft alignment and geometric systems, laser sheave alignment tools, and vibration and condition monitoring systems to industry. LUDECA’s commitment to our customers strengthens our reputation as the very best in our fields, thereby creating and maintaining long-term customer partnerships.”
“We view our employees as our greatest asset,” Seidenthal said. “And in line with taking care of our customers, we take very good care of our employees and invest heavily in our staff to ensure they are always up to the challenge. They are our front line personnel, and it is extremely important they are able to fulfill the needs and requirements of our customers.”
“In turn, our customers are our No. 1 priority, and they understand we will take care of them. We want to make an emotional connection with our clients. It isn’t just the product purchase. We are here for anything they need after the purchase.”

by Ana Maria Delgado, CRL

Our training partners at Pioneer Engineering have created a few tips your organization can implement  aimed at cutting costs without sacrificing quality and productivity.
Tip #1: Establish a Reliability Centered Maintenance Program

  • A well established Reliability Centered Maintenance Program helps identify correct maintenance tasks to increase the reliability of the assets and cut costs by eliminating unnecessary PM tasks.
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance Programs assist in clarifying maintenance responsibility and prevent costly unplanned downtime.

Tip #2: Perform a Criticality Assessment of all Assets

  • Criticality Assessments will determine which components are critical to an operations efficiency and should receive the focus.
  • Criticality Assessments quantify safety, environmental, operation, and repair cost consequences in the event of a functional failure.
  • Perform Criticality Assessments on your spares inventory. Do you have the correct spares and quantity of spares in stock? Do you have unnecessary spares in stock that take up warehouse space and tie up capital that could be used elsewhere?

Tip #3: Avoid Costly Repairs by Analyzing Vibration Data on a Consistent Basis

  • Consistent analysis allows the ability to monitor trends and detect problems before catastrophic failure occurs.
  • Consistent analysis and trending allows flexibility in scheduling maintenance and reduced maintenance costs by preventing unscheduled downtime.

Tip #4: Avoid Fixing Repeat Offenders by Completion of Root Cause Failure Analysis

  • Root Cause Failure Analysis will determine the underlying problem causing the failure to determine the best course of action
  • Many failures are caused by operational issues instead of equipment or maintenance issues. A minor process adjustment may increase reliability and reduce costs.

Tip #5: Ask Questions

  • Vibration analysis and other PdM technologies can help identify a potential issue but sometimes can be difficult to understand. Do not be afraid to seek expert guidance when potential issues are identified.

Need help improving and/or establishing a maintenance program in your company? Don’t hesitate to ask us how.  We are here to help.
Thanks to the entire PIONEER ENGINEERING team for allowing us to share this article with you.

by Yolanda Lopez

March 2011 • IMPO MAGAZINE, iPurchase Supplement
As the American economy recovers, how aware, or active, are manufacturers concerning predictive maintenance?
Most manufacturers never lost the desire to increase their overall reliability and predictive maintenance efforts during the recent economic slowdown.  Some companies did postpone purchases of predictive maintenance related products.  However, a lot of companies realize that an investment in predictive maintenance technologies is a viable means to decrease overall maintenance expenses, so they do it the right way.  A lot of manufacturers, as a result of this understanding, continued to invest into predictive maintenance related technologies during the recent economic slowdown.  This allowed them to reduce overall maintenance costs and place their company in a more competitive position once the economy recovers. Interest in these products is higher this year as companies continue to invest in vibration- and alignment-related products to reduce their costs. increase competitive advantages, and manufacture equipment reliability.
Read entire interview Q&A Roundtable from iPurchase, a supplement from IMPO Magazine including:
Are there any interesting trends occurring in the maintenance market?
Why do you think laser alignment is important to a manufacturer’s maintenance strategy?
How would you recommend a manufacturer approach the creation of a more robust maintenance plan?

by Trent Phillips

April 2010 · Reliable Plant Magazine
It is common knowledge that technologies such as vibration analysis, shaft alignment, oil analysis, thermal imaging, motor circuit testing and several other technologies are excellent tools to help achieve these results. These technologies can be used for the identification and elimination of machinery defects on a daily basis.Many facilities are content with the knowledge that machinery defects (bearing defects, gearbox defects, etc.) have been identified, scheduled for maintenance and ultimately repaired utilizing these technologies. An optimized reliability program will constantly seek the root causes that create the machinery defects, thereby avoiding many chronic and recurring problems. Most facilities believe that finding the root cause of equipment defects can be difficult. This may be true in some cases, but it is not always the reality. In fact, many of the actual root causes of equipment defects can be easily identified. The elimination of these root causes will reduce the amount of equipment defects that must be repaired over time, help you achieve the goal of reduced maintenance cost and increase profits at your company.
Read entire article Do you want to increase profits and reduce maintenance costs for your facility?

by Trent Phillips