We live in challenging times. This is particularly true in the predictive maintenance world, and acutely true in the area of vibration analysis. Today, most manufacturing sites have active reliability programs in place with the means of measuring plant performance and processes to find and correct repetitive problems that effect plant uptime.
While this is a positive development, it is also true that vibration analysis programs, which help provide the data necessary to achieve these results, find themselves understaffed as a result of attrition and retirements. Much to the surprise of plant management, these positions are not easily filled and yet the routes need to be done, the data from these routes needs to be analyzed, and the report needs to be written. The result is that reliability engineers are faced with the question “How do I get the data?”A method to help with this dilemma, that has gained popularity recently, is to employ detection technology to these assets as a way of monitoring their condition while eliminating the need to run frequent data collection routes on them.
- Not all equipment fails in the same way. Understanding the different ways that these machines fail helps us determine how to monitor them.
- Recent technology has given us more options for monitoring machines.
- Staffing issues need not affect our ability to improve reliability.