Approximately half of all operating costs in most processing and manufacturing operations can be attributed to maintenance. This is ample motivation for studying any activity that can potentially lower these costs. Machine condition monitoring and fault diagnostics is one of these activities.
The risk and consequences of maintenance decisions are greater than the design decisions and purchase decisions, because maintenance decisions are made when the equipment is needed for production and time is of the essence.
The cost of maintain a machine over its lifetime is greater than the initial purchase price, especially if energy consumption is considered. Maintenance is a profit centre – able to add dollars to the bottom-line profit by controlling the expense of parts, labor, and unnecessary machine replacements. It is a hidden gold mine within every company.
Our predictive maintenance solution opens up innovative new possibilities for companies to ensure that high quality data is acquired and properly analyzed to permit the reliable diagnosis and prognosis of machinery dynamic behavior:
Resonance occurs when a machine generates vibration at a frequency close to a natural frequency of
the rotor or structure. Resonance greatly amplifies the vibration amplitude; the high vibration
amplitude reduces the life of the bearings and the machine structure. The vibration analyst can get
involved in two ways:
There is often an assumption that components, lubricants and the machines themselves are in perfect condition when they are purchased. Sadly, this is not always the case. Bearings may not be transported or stored correctly and may suffer from false-brinelling. Lubricants may not meet cleanliness standards.Rotating machinery may suffer from resonance and other conditions when operated under normal conditions. Too often rotating machinery are not designed with energy efficiency and reliability in mind; instead they are designed with purchase cost in mind.
Acceptance testing provides a way to test that machines and components are in good condition before they are installed in the plant. Acceptance testing puts pressure on the supplier to make sure they are delivering the highest quality products. Acceptance testing guidelines can include specifications on several parameters, but from the vibration analyst’s perspective the key standard is to set vibration limits that may not be exceeded. Tests may be performed at the OEMs workshop or after being installed on-site. It is important the conditions for the test are clearly specified, including RPM, load, and mounting. Acceptance testing should not only be performed on new equipment, it should be performed when repair and overhaul work is performed. This can include motor rewinds, rotor balancing, and pump or compressor rebuilds.
Any abnormal noise, vibration, temperature, pressure and current draw are indication of a problem or defect in machine components. If left unattended, the defect can progress to a failure and costly repairs. On-site mechanical inspection and hands on examination is a significant part of any machinery diagnosis. Vibration analyst collects vibration data as well as other parameters and performs analysis for detecting defect(s) followed by corrective actions.
Unbalance, misalignment, incorrect belt tension, poor lubrication practices, incorrect machine operation, and resonance are common root causes of failures in rotating machinery, however many others exist. Whenever the vibration analyst detects a fault in the machine, he or she should always attempt to determine the root cause. Once the root cause is identified measures should be taken so that root cause is eliminated. It is clever to be able to detect a bearingdefect, but it is not very clever if the same bearing exhibits the same fault condition just months later. The vibration analyst will need to determine the most appropriate action that he or she can take at their place of work to avoid a repeat of the fault.
Condition Monitoring (CM) which is often referred to as Predictive Maintenance (PdM) is monitoring of
parameters such as vibration, noise, temperature, pressure and current on machine components for
tracking changes and verifying its condition. Monitoring can be done periodically or continuously.
Vibration Analysis as a key component of a CM/PdM program will always be required, even when the
best reliability improvement programs are well-established.
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align with customers’ high standards for reliability, availability and uptime. VibeLub’s Reliability Services
utilize flexible deployment models, proven diagnostic software and unmatched analytical expertise to
deliver sustainable, scalable and cost-effective condition-based maintenance programs. The company’s
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Mass Imbalance, as well as Shafts Miss-Alignment are the most common causes of high vibrations in rotating equipment. Balancing reduces rotating forces which can damage bearings and the machine structure. Likewise shaft alignment reduces the stress on bearings, couplings, and the shaft itself. For smooth & safe operation of any rotating equipment, it is recommended to check vibrations and perform balancing & alignment, particularly when they are new installed machines or newly repaired or
VibeLube offers expert field balancing, alignment and vibration analysis services. We bring extensive experience along with the most advanced portable instrument and software to your plant to perform an excellent job.
structure. Likewise shaft alignment reduces the stress on bearings, couplings, and the shaft itself. For smooth & safe operation of any rotating equipment, it is recommended to check vibrations and perform balancing & alignment, particularly when they are new installed machines or newly repaired or overhauled.