Categories: Machinery Maintenance,Other Topics

Clean Your Rotating Machinery

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By on April 13, 2017

Everyone knows that keeping rotating equipment clean and free of debris and dirt will prolong the operational life allowing for maximum efficiency and performance.  Bearings, seals and other components will last longer and perform better plus repairs and alignments will be faster and easier. Motors, pumps and machinery with excessive dirt build-up will fail more often as they will run hotter and will not perform as expected.

Keeping equipment clean and tidy is not always the easiest thing to do when maintenance and operations has full duty schedule.  Even though, making time for cleanup is important.  The accumulation of dirt and grease on machinery is unavoidable and to be expected.  But excessive accumulations are a poor maintenance practice and procedures should be adopted to allow time for cleanup and dirt removal.

Pictured below is a typical example of excessive dirt and debris buildup.  I would imagine this equipment won’t last through its life expectancy.  This kind of build-up will almost certainly result in heat related failures of the bearings and other internal components.

 

About the Author

James Pekarek joined VibrAlign in 2013. He has 18 years of experience in machine installation, electrical systems, maintenance and service management.

James began his career in the automation industry installing and maintaining various types of machinery and performing technical training to customers in the semiconductor industry. He spent 3 years with Cummins Industrial Power Generation as Service Manager. James also spent 3 1/2 years as lead Electrical Instructor at a vocational college serving the Wind Industry. While there, he gained his NFPA 70E certification as well as NEC 1910. James is also a certified Electrical Safety Instructor.

During his technical instruction career, James was introduced to VibrAlign and many of the products. He was impressed by the company philosophy and values and decided to pursue a career as a technical instructor with us.

James and his family live in Vancouver, Washington. He enjoys the outdoors, family time and building cars.

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