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Avoiding Bearing Failures with the Rule of Tens PeakVue Measurement Methodology

Posted in Asset Optimization, Reliability on Thursday, March 20th, 2014. 4 comments so far
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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 work to fix it can be scheduled to minimize operational impacts. […]

Listening In For Machinery Equipment Issues

Posted in Asset Optimization, Plant Equipment on Thursday, October 31st, 2013. No comments yet
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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 Management team, about using wireless headphones to listen to rotating machinery outfitted […]

Triaxial Vibration Collection in Route-Based Machinery Monitoring

Posted in Asset Optimization, Technologies on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013. No comments yet
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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. Vibration data collected from these sensors provide meaningful results for the detection and trending of many mechanical […]

Monitoring Cooling Towers to Avoid Unplanned Downtime

Posted in Asset Optimization, Event, Reliability, Wireless on Thursday, July 11th, 2013. No comments yet
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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% annual production, due to unscheduled downtime and poor quality. ARC estimates that almost […]

The Age Old Question-Trucks or Conveyors?

Posted in Asset Optimization, Metals, Mining, Minerals on Monday, April 8th, 2013. 2 comments so far
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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 billion to eliminate their truck fleets and install long-haul conveyors. The complete project includes […]