Listen to latest Rooted in Reliability podcast on “Condition Monitoring”
The Rooted in Reliability podcast is a weekly Maintenance and Reliability podcast covering common industry challenges and what you can learn from them. Each episode dives deeper into critical issues and explains who you can begin correcting theses maintenance flaws today. Sharing new tips and techniques to help you achieve industry best practice and shining a light on widely debated maintenance topics with special guest experts.
In the most recent episode, host James Kovacevic, of HP Reliability, interviews John Lambert, President of Benchmark PDM, in Toronto, Canada. John has 30+ years experience in machinery installation and condition monitoring. He has trained many people over the years on these subjects. Below is an excerpt from James’ post:
Ever wonder why your assets aren’t producing the value they are supposed to even if you have trained staff and big budgets? Are you a fan of Predictive maintenance improvement of your organizational processes? Then, condition monitoring is where you should start. The meaning of this word is as simple as the word itself. You just need to check the state of your asset on a regular basis and as the state of your asset changes, you would know what possible failures that change can lead to and then you can try predictive maintenance strategies to stop that failure from occurring in the first place.
It is sort of like visual inspection of your assets but it involves plenty of measurements that you have to take. These measurements can be standardized as normal and when there’s a difference also called an abnormal measurement reading and you can start monitoring the assets closely by taking the measurements more often. Considering the consequences of these abnormal readings, you may have to make changes in your processes. To know what is the meaning of those readings you need training, experience, and research data. There needs to be some normal standard to which you can compare the readings that you have taken. These standards can be anything starting from the ISO standards for machine vibration or OEM specifications for the equipment and the historical data to make predictions.
You can read the rest of Mr. Kovacevic’s blog post right here.