Few things wreck a good day at the plant, mill, platform, wellpad, or other process like a bearing failure on an important pump, compressor, fan, or other piece of rotating machinery. Identifying the problem early before it leads to an unplanned shutdown means the...
machinery health management
Listening In For Machinery Equipment Issues
In the same way an experienced mechanic can identify car troubles by listening to it when it's running, a plant maintenance professional often listens to rotating equipment to identify problems. I caught up with Emerson's Drew Mackley, a member of the Machinery Health...
Triaxial Vibration Collection in Route-Based Machinery Monitoring
Many plants perform route-based, machinery condition monitoring with portable vibration analyzers. The most common vibration sensor used is a single-axis accelerometer mounted to a 2-pole magnet, which can easily attach to a variety of surfaces including curved ones....
Monitoring Cooling Towers to Avoid Unplanned Downtime
Update: See a recorded version of the Cooling Tower webinar. Reliability of plant assets and process operations remains near the top of every manufacturer's list of concerns. According to the ARC Advisory Group: The global process industries lose $20 billion, or 5%...
The Age Old Question-Trucks or Conveyors?
Emerson's Douglas Morris, on the metals & mining and alternative energy industry teams, explores trade offs of trucks and conveyors in mining operations. This past week Vale SA from Brazil made an interesting announcement when they said they were investing $20...
The Peaks Provide the Early Warning in Machinery Protection
I was in Knoxville this week visiting our Machinery Health Management team. They are the team behind the Emerson CSI Technologies machinery monitoring and analysis products. I had the chance to sit down and connect with Emerson's Robert Skeirik, who leads the wireless...
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