Condition Monitoring

Do You Know the 4 Stages of Bearing Failure?

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By on October 30, 2019

How do you know if a bearing is about to fail? Bearings don’t last forever and can be damaged if proper precautions are not taken, so it’s important to know the signs of impending bearing failure. In this blog, we will go over the four stages of bearing failure and how this tends to show […]

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3 Types of Mechanical Looseness: What You Need to Know

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By on October 29, 2019

Mechanical looseness is a common diagnosis in vibration analysis. You will certainly run into it when you are monitoring your machines if you haven’t already. However, did you know that there are three different types of mechanical looseness? Knowing which type of mechanical looseness you are dealing with is essential to providing the correct solution […]

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4 Tips for Implementing a Successful Reliability Program

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By on October 7, 2019

Implementing a reliability program in your facility can have numerous benefits. Just a few of these include: Greater efficiency Reduced costs Better organization Increased understanding of machine trends Less frustration in the workplace Streamlined process The list could go on. Few of us are likely to disagree that a reliability program for your machines and […]

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Vibration Analysis: Where to Start

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By on September 30, 2019

  Vibration analysis is a useful way to monitor machine health. Many plants have implemented regular vibration analysis plans to ensure the condition of their machines is being checked at regular intervals and so, if an issue comes to light after spectral analysis, a solution can be pursued. When analyzing vibration, it is important to […]

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How to Differentiate Unbalance and Looseness on the Spectrum

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By on September 20, 2019

  What is the difference between looseness and unbalance? They have very similar spectrums with different influencers. One can even impact the other in some situations. That similarity can impact your ability to balance a machine expeditiously in the field. For clarity of this discussion we will limit it to Type A and B mechanical […]

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What is Fluting and How to Fix It

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By on September 3, 2019

  Fluting can be an issue on bearings if you don’t know how to look for the signs. In this post we will cover what fluting is and how to fix it when it occurs.  First, what is fluting? Fluting is damage caused to a bearing due to an electrical current induced on the shaft […]

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Bearing Installation and Maintenance: What You Need to Know

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By on August 29, 2019

Bearings are essential to all rotating machinery. They are small but mighty–if bearings aren’t healthy, a machine will not function at optimum levels. In this post we provide you with some information and best practices for bearing installation and maintenance. Let’s start with the very basics–what are bearings? A bearing is a machine component that: […]

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How to Calculate the RPM of a VFD

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By on August 27, 2019

How do you calculate the RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) of a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)? This is what we will go over in this post. A Variable Frequency Drive, which is most often abbreviated as VFD, is a type of mechanical drive system used to control AC motor speed and torque by varying motor input […]

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What You Need to Know about Bearing Lubrication

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By on August 20, 2019

  Proper lubrication of bearings is essential if you want to maintain your machines at optimum levels.  Did you know it is estimated that 40-50 percent of bearing failures are the result of improper greasing/lubrication? That’s a significantly high percentage! So what can you do to ensure you are properly lubricating your bearings? Two things […]

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How to Calculate F-MAX

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By on August 14, 2019

Do you know how to calculate F-MAX or even what F-MAX is? Knowing how to calculate F-MAX is an important part of vibration analysis because many different types of faults can be shown at multiples of the running speed, which is otherwise known as 1x.  But first, what is F-MAX? F-MAX means “Frequency Max.” This […]

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How to Use the SMC/Falcon Report Custom Logo Feature

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By on August 12, 2019

  One of the features of our SMC (Smart Machine Checker) and also of the Falcon is their ability to generate a report of the diagnosis directly from the unit with no PC needed. This can be accomplished by pressing the Diagnosis button on the right side of the screen after collecting all pertinent vibration […]

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What You Need to Know about Different Bearing Types

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By on July 25, 2019

As anyone who works with rotating machinery knows, bearings are essential to machine functions. One of the first things to know about bearings is that there are two main types. We will go over these two main types and more in this installment of our Condition Monitoring Basics series of blog posts. The two main […]

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Finding Unbalance and Misalignment on a Spectrum

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By on July 22, 2019

  Unbalance and misalignment are problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible, but before you can begin to fix them, first you need to know how to find them on a spectrum. We will go over this below. For example, with a fan, unbalance appears on the spectrum as a higher than […]

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RESOURCES

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By on July 16, 2019

I read that Albert Einstein once said, “I don’t need to know everything, I just need to know where to find it when I need it.” If one did some research, that may not necessarily be true. However, if a question comes up, it’s always helpful to have resources to refer to. When it comes […]

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The Importance of Mechanical Skills in the Data Center: Bearing Replacement

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By on July 15, 2019

A key purpose of vibration analysis is to detect bearing problems before bearings fail and damage is done. This, of course, means that bearings will need to be replaced.  Proper bearing extraction and installation is important to extending the life of bearings as well. First, it is important to know when you need to replace […]

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