All machines vibrate. The amount of vibration and the rate at which
it occurs determines how long a machine can tolerate this vibration
before a failure occurs. Vibration Analysis is compared to a “doctor”
listening to your heart. The vibration we listen to is the heartbeat
of the machine. The vibrations given off by the machine tells us if
the machine has a cold, a temperature, the sniffles, or a low blood
count. The health of the machine is trended over time or just a one
time spot check can tell you when repairs should be made. Not a catastrophic
failure at midnight!
Infrared thermography is an exciting technology with diverse applications
used in numerous industries. Thousands of utilities worldwide have used
infrared thermography to avoid costly failures, improve service reliability,
and prevent electrical fires. Infrared identifies problems, prevents
unscheduled downtime, identifies corrective action and improves plant
safety, saving time and money in a wide range of commercial and industrial
facilities. Infrared Applications include: Asphalt, Automation and OEM
Applications, Building Diagnostics, Food Industry, Law Enforcement,
Manufacturing, Predictive Maintenance, Pulp and Paper, R&D/Testing,
Roofing, Steel, Utility Market, and Veterinarian.
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Regular inspection of lubrication level, color and viscosity are all
part of Oil Analysis. The results of these tests yield information that
can save maintenance dollars, avoid unnecessary repairs, and help lower
repair costs. Particles, moisture, soot, heat, air, glycol, fuel, detergents,
and process fluids are all contaminants commonly found in industrial
lubricants and hydraulic fluids. However, it’s particle contamination
that is widely recognized as the most destructive to the oil and machine.
This explains why the particle counter is the most widely used instrument
in oil analysis today.
When imbalance is reduced electrical energy usage, heat in the bearings and belt slippage all are reduced.
Most fans gain 5+ rpm (V belt applications) after balancing.
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