Helping SMEs improve productivity, manufacturing processes or systems is part of what the WMG SME team aim to provide at Warwick University "International Institute for Product and Service Innovation"I was only here on Tuesday evening attending the West Midlands IoT Meetup entitled "When IoT Goes Wrong" (see previous post) and a very informative evening it was.
I was back on Friday afternoon for a couple of hours at a business meeting.
Had some great discussions about business systems improvement from a PdM and Proactive approach to engineering and maintenance strategy.
Agreed with couple of the WMG contacts that Uptime Consultant may be able to assist with their important work supported by Catapult funding, either directly or with their clients.
One of the subjects they themselves needed more information on was an understanding of Acoustic Emissions (AE) predictive techniques and the interpretation when used on industrial machinery.
One of my specialities from a Predictive Maintenance background is AE, using the excellent Holroyd MHC Memo Pro Data-logger including Spectrum analysis of rolling element bearings.
I was able to share my knowledge of how to capture meaningful readings, watch outs when using AE, how to build a trend built on signatures, translating Spectra readings in the software, how the frequencies correspond to element, cage, race, bsf and rotational speeds.
We have agreed to keep in contact in for any future SMEs needing help with business improvement in the Proactive and Predictive Maintenance areas.