How do you obtain the desired return on your assets?  Availability, maintainability and reliability are foundational elements required for a proper return on your equipment. Condition Monitoring is a tool that can help you build these elements and obtain the desired returns.  Condition Monitoring can be completed while equipment is running to maximize uptime and help provide better overall reliability.  Conditional changes can be identified before functional failures that result in downtime occur, preventing other unwanted consequences. Unneeded work can be avoided (unnecessary PM’s, failures, etc.), and better planning and improved scheduling achieved through CM.
Use Condition Monitoring as a means to build a solid foundation for your facility!

by Trent Phillips CRL CMRP - Novelis

March 2016 · Empowering Pumps Magazine
“Work smarter, not harder” is a statement we have all heard before, but who has the time to think about smarter ways to work when there is so much work to be done? Some maintenance professionals are so busy trying to keep their operation running smoothly that they often address equipment issues “reactively”. This might make maintenance teams feel more like “firemen” as they respond to in-the-moment needs. So how does a company become less “reactive” and more “proactive”?
Read the full article: Maximize Uptime with Asset Condition Management to better understand the key components of an Asset Condition Management (ACM) Program and how core technologies like Alignment, Balancing, Vibration Analysis, and Ultrasound Testing can help you increase uptime.

by Dave Leach CRL CMRT CMRP

There are many tools considered “accurate”. Dial test indicator can measure to the ten-thousandths and gauge blocks can be certified for even tighter tolerances. Even CNC machines can reach ten-thousandth’s accuracy given the right conditions. However, they are tools and they can’t perform to their maximum potential if not used properly or in the right application.
Laser shaft alignment tools follow the same rules. The sensors by themselves have varying degrees of accuracy but how the sensors are used and what application they are used for can vary this accuracy quite a bit. When searching for a “laser alignment system”, don’t be quick to commoditize the term and think all systems are the same just because it uses a “laser”. The most capable systems will work for their intended primary application— general shaft alignment. Should a specialized application arrive, such as an uncoupled spacer shaft with limited rotation, a system that has more functionality will be able to immediately handle the job over a basic system.
LUDECA can assist you in your decision. We provide a network of local solutions providers who are your highly experienced advisors for navigating all of the choices that a quick internet search can provide. They will make sure you know you are getting the right tool for your needs whatever your budget. We also have a team of engineers that will guide you in your applications. All this is provided for free! This is something to consider when purchasing on price alone. We will be there when you need us the most.
So let’s go back to the dial indicators, gauge blocks and the CNC machine – they are not accurate in use without a trained operator. The same principle applies to laser shaft alignment. Most of our laser shaft alignment systems currently have 1-day free training on site at your facility by your local solutions provider. Our laser shaft alignment tool is designed to improve your reliability and thereby reduce downtime. Avoid costly mistakes and wasted time by ensuring your operators are well trained to use these tools to their maximum potential.

by Daus Studenberg CRL

It’s a cruel reality but in a business-minded world companies are concerned with only one topic: PROFIT. And there are two ways to go about maximizing profits: Either increase the number of sales or decrease the total costs. One aspect of business that has a significant impact on a company’s profits is expenses incurred due to equipment failure. Yet the maintenance cost for down equipment is just a piece of the pie that comprises the total costs and often the expense of parts and labor to repair the machine can be one of the smaller costs. Other more significant costs include lost production, contractual penalties, consequential damages, and liability for injury, all of which can exceed the cost of the repair itself. One way to decrease a company’s machinery failure rate and thereby increase profits is through proper alignment. Good alignment allows machines to run more efficiently, consuming less power and increasing output. Power loss (or power savings) is only a ‘small piece of the saving pie’. However, it will be always significant. For instance, alone a 30 kilowatt per hour reduction in power consumption on a large compressor train at $0.06 per kwh can save you up to $15,768.00 in electricity per year.
Precision alignment pays by reducing operating cost, downtime costs, improving machine reliability, and increasing uptime and profits.

by Tim Rogers CRL