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My First Predictive Maintenance Implementation

In May 2001, I was hired by the Steel Processing of El Salvador (Proaces) as a maintenance engineer with the main objective of implementing predictive maintenance at the plant. Proaces was known to me as they were clients of my previous company, so I had previously done some work such as vibratio...

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What to Do Before a Laser Shaft Alignment

We must consider some actions before performing laser shaft alignment to ensure that everything goes as planned and for the shaft to be aligned without any problem. So let’s take a look to learn what to do before a laser shaft alignment. Workplace hazards during laser shaft alignment As well ...

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Vibration Analysis of Reciprocating Plunger Pumps

A reciprocating pump has positive displacement, which means, it takes a fixed volume of liquid under suction conditions, compresses it (pressure increase) and it ejects it through the discharge nozzle. In this equipment, pumping the fluid is achieved by the alternating movement of a plunger, pist...

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Soft Foot in Rotating Machinery

Although it is usually completely ignored during maintenance activities, the soft foot in rotating machinery is a significant problem that must be detected and corrected before it creates bigger problems and severe damage to the machines. What is the soft foot? The soft foot is a problem found ...

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Vibration Analysis of Centrifugal Fans

Fans is a type of machinery that is present in almost any type of industry. Moreover, they are used daily in domestic ventilation or air conditioning applications. In many industrial systems and processes, these machines are critical assets that deserve special attention, starting with the specia...

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Power-MI Gets Faster Now!

In the last few weeks, we have been working on optimizing Power-MI to improve the condition-based maintenance analysts' speed of use. The target was improving the calculations' performance, and internal accesses made each time new reports of predictive techniques or statistics of machinery failur...

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Vibration Analysis on Kaplan Turbines

Before diving into how to perform vibration analysis on Kaplan Turbines, we should learn some important details about this type of hydraulic turbine and its components. What is a Kaplan turbine? This hydraulic turbine is named after its inventor, Austrian engineer Viktor Kaplan. It is one of ...

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Visual Inspections, The Invisible Missing Piece

Many managers are surprised when we consider visual inspection a predictive technique on the same level as vibration analysis, ultrasound, and thermography in our Power-MI software platform. When a company wants to start doing predictive maintenance or condition-based maintenance, our suggestion...

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Machine Learning

To refer to artificial intelligence, the term Machine Learning is also used. A lot of people confuse Machine Learning with artificial intelligence. In reality, artificial intelligence is nothing but a theoretical explanation of Machine learning, the former is a concept, and the latter is its prac...

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Effects of Piping in Vibration Analysis

Vibration analysts may consider the effect of piping when analyzing pumps, compressors or any other asset type connected to a pipe. The mass of the machine is usually small compared to the mass of the piping and its fluid. Some issues can be caused by piping, not by machinery faults. The two typi...

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Power-MI is a cloud based solution that allows you to design & manage your condition-based maintenance plan integrating all techniques into one platform. Easy reporting, automatic work orders and CMMS integration.

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