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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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The Importance of Mechanical Skills in the Data Center: Pump Maintenance and Overhaul

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By on July 8, 2019

Are you prioritizing a regular, predictive maintenance routine for pumps in your facility? Implementing a PdM plan is important for any piece of equipment in your facility. It is essential for sustained function and efficiency of pumps, especially since it is estimated that they account for 25 percent of total motor system energy in the […]

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The Importance of Mechanical Skills in the Data Center: Belt installation, Tensioning, and Sheave Alignment

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By on July 2, 2019

Proper belt installation and tensioning and sheave alignment are essential in order for a facility to function at optimum efficiency. A key thing to understand when it comes to belts is proper sizing. Whether you are using a correctly-sized belt for your machine will have a significant impact on the machine’s ability to function at […]

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Proper RPM Set Up with the OneProd Falcon

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By on June 26, 2019

One key bit of data required when collecting data or analyzing it is accurately pinpointing the RPM. When we set up schematics in the Machine Set Up module  we tell the software what the RPM is here. When setting up a machine in the Nest you can choose either fixed speed, variable speed with keyboard, […]

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The Importance of Mechanical Skills in the Data Center: Precision Shaft Alignment

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By on June 21, 2019

  Knowing how to perform a precision shaft alignment is important when it comes to maintenance skills. Whether you are using dial indicators or a laser alignment tool (if you are in the market for either, we have several options here), being able to achieve an accurate, repeatable alignment is key. A few reminders: The […]

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The Remarkable Power of a Positive Customer Experience

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By on June 14, 2019

Have you ever had a remarkable customer experience, a time when a company representative went above and beyond and made your day? These kinds of experiences are rare, which is unfortunate, but this is likely why we remember them and want to share them with others. Recently, VibrAlign’s COO experienced an example of this. While […]

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The Importance of Mechanical Skills in the Data Center: Precision Measurement

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By on June 6, 2019

We have been privileged to both sell tools and shaft alignment, vibration testing, and precision maintenance training for several different data centers throughout the US.  Most of the maintenance technicians we encounter have solid electronics and computer skills, but some are less experienced with mechanical skills. Thus, some of the challenges faced by these maintenance […]

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It’s the Little Things Revisited

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By on May 30, 2019

During a recent training class at the facility of a client who had their initial Shaft Alignment Best Practices training class 5 years prior, I found out none of the previous class attendees were still in maintenance. The “new” guys never had anyone show them the proper use of their laser and most had no […]

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Emergency Generators: Making it Possible for the Show to Go On

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By on May 23, 2019

Just like for any plant, it is critical for the data center to sustain minimal to no interruptions to normal processes. The amount of (often sensitive) data housed in the data center servers makes it imperative that data centers continue to run, no matter the conditions. This is why backup generators are so important. In the […]

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Data Center Fans: Blowing More Than Hot Air

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By on May 20, 2019

In this installment of our data center maintenance series, we will discuss fans. While HVAC chillers ensure cool water supplied to fans for cool air is pumped into the servers in a data center, fans ensure that the hot air from the servers is removed efficiently and redirected to the Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) […]

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Cooling Towers: Moving the Heat Away from Where it Isn’t Wanted

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By on May 14, 2019

Cooling towers and related components such as chilled water and condenser water pumps are another common type of data center equipment. On a basic level, cooling systems in data centers remove heat from one element and redirect it to another. A cooling tower is the depository for the excess heat given off by data center […]

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Precision Maintenance in Data Centers

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By on May 3, 2019

  The emergence of portable computers, the internet, and the ubiquity of portable smart devices has given rise to a new type of industry–the data center. A data center is simply a building used to house computer servers. While these servers may be used for many different types of data storage, their requirements for in-house […]

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Training or No Training, It’s a Leadership Question

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By on May 1, 2019

It’s no secret that there is a shortage of skilled labor in manufacturing, specifically in machinery maintenance. Therefore, those in leadership positions must answer the question “training or no training?”. Another way to look at it is, am I willing to invest in the workforce to better insure a more reliable operation? I wrote a […]

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Balancing How To #3-Where and How to Place and Affix a Trial Weight

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By on April 25, 2019

Once unbalance is determined, the original unbalance run (amplitude and phase) is measured, and a trial weight size is determined, the next step is where to place the trial weight. If you have no balancing record for this rotor, where to place the weight is little more than a guess.  But there are some things […]

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Changing ONEPROD FALCON Settings for Hard-Wire Sensors

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By on April 17, 2019

From time to time, when performing route-based vibration analysis, you run across situations where access is limited to a data collection point. For example, this large pump below. Climbing up a structure to collect vibration data is unsafe and keeping a ladder stationed nearby can cause headaches as well. A simple solution is to permanently […]

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