If you are looking for the correct CM tool and technology to fit your requirements then Uptime Consultant will have the answer
The most common request I get from clients when they are considering introducing Condition Monitoring (CM) as part of their Autonomous Maintenance program is:
What technology and monitoring equipment should we adopt?
I always start with my own question of:
What benefit do you want from your CM program?
This usually focuses their thoughts and I always like to explore the multiple benefits of using a condition based preventative maintenance program first.
Most clients have only heard about Vibration Analysis as it is the most widely used method in the CM field. Again I like to start with the people as they are the most valuable condition monitoring resource.
When we get talking we can also see that they are the best people to carry out this task.
They are operating the equipment day to day and therefore have a great insight.
When we move on to look at the assets I can then assess the CM technology that is going to be best suited to monitor the equipment successfully; it may be Vibration, Ultrasound, Acoustic Emission, Thermography or Oil Sampling.
It may be a mix of technology for different equipment.
The advantage of using Uptime Consultant is that I am completely independent so can advise about all the different instruments and most importantly what they are capable of along with training in using them in the field.
I have multiple contacts that I can call on to supply quality instruments so that the client saves time trying to source these devices; I even have some to demonstrate.
Some clients already have instruments in cupboards and they need training in how to deploy them; I can advise if that is feasible (instrument condition) and deliver a training package to get them up to speed. I also offer a "hand holding" service if the client needs ongoing support or more in depth analysis of mission critical assets.
Because I also believe in a holistic Reliability approach I will always talk about Lubrication best practices, most rotating equipment failure has a root cause linked to too much or insufficient lubrication along with incorrect specification or poor application methods. We can also look at the best Lubrication hardware and control aspects.
If you need any more CM information please hit the 'Contact Andy' button and send me your comments.
Above is a great visual to see the relationship between Amplitude, Frequency and Time to explain how we arrive at the Spectrum graph displayed in the blue section; from here we can pinpoint specific rotating elements within the equipment to ascertain their condition and severity of any damage.