Asset Management / Life Cycle Cost

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive vs. Reactive Maintenance Part 4: Steam Generation Series 

In this article, we will examine how both proper boiler chemistry monitoring and conscientious steam system maintenance are necessary for reliable and safe operation.  A key takeaway, that hopefully has been a recognizable thread throughout these installments, is the importance of training.  Too often, the author has visited plants where the water treatment/steam generation personnel were undertrained and/or not given the proper tools for the job.

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Asset Management

Understand Your Goals with New Maintenance Technology

Why are you buying that new maintenance technology? What are you hoping to achieve? How will you measure success (or failure) both in technical terms and in terms of a return on investment? Although these questions are straightforward and obvious, my experience in the field suggests that many people cannot answer them adequately. They have some vague idea that a tool or technology will somehow solve their problems but they are not clear on what these problems are.

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Asset Management

Optimizing Maintenance: The Power of Metrics and KPIs

Maintenance metrics stand as the cornerstone for organizations, offering a crucial means to evaluate the effectiveness of their maintenance processes and attain operational targets. This article embarks on a thorough exploration, highlighting the profound significance of maintenance metrics and their pervasive influence on maintenance management. Unveiling the top 10 maintenance metrics as guiding principles, organizations can strategically prioritize to optimize their maintenance operations. By adapting these metrics, organizations gain valuable insights, pinpoint areas for enhancement, and make well-informed decisions concerning their maintenance strategies and resource allocation.

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Condition Monitoring

What is a Shaft Centerline Diagram?

A shaft centerline diagram is a plot used in the vibration analysis of journal bearings. It is also called a shaft average centerline diagram. The purpose of this graph is to display the average position of the rotor in the bearing. In short, for different bearing types, there is an expected or “normal” position of the shaft in the bearing. If this position changes, it can indicate a problem.

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Asset Management

Revolutionizing Reliability and Maintenance through Production Automation

In the fast-paced world of manufacturing, the integration of production automation has become a transformative force, reshaping industries, and redefining the way businesses operate. One of the key areas where automation demonstrates its prowess is in enhancing reliability and maintenance processes. By leveraging advanced technologies, artificial intelligence, and smart systems, production automation is ushering in a new era of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and minimized downtime.

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bearing lubrication
Preventive Maintenance

6 Simple Tips for Lubrication Success

Grease and oil are the key lubricants used throughout industry to reduce friction between metal parts. Lubricants can only reduce friction if their immediate environment sustains their lubricating properties. Once the operating conditions are known, a suitable lubricant with the right properties can be used. When the lubricant is in place it is necessary to maintain the environment and the machine to the specified design standards and protect it from changes to the design conditions. There are six key factors to address for trouble-free life where grease or oil lubrication is used on machinery.

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Asset Management

Failed Business Metrics

If the business metrics that you are putting your focus, time, and energy into are not driving your business then you must ask if those metrics are failing your business. A successful metric should be growing your business; that means improving your equipment reliability, increasing your customer base and improving customer experience, maximizing your output margin and profitability, and optimizing your workforce.

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