How today’s advanced electric motor testing technologies expose motor failure
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How today’s advanced electric motor testing technologies expose motor failure

The increasingly sophisticated motor testing technologies used today quickly identify anomalies and mechanisms leading to motor failure. In this presentation, Don Donofrio, veteran instructor and consultant for The Snell Group, an internationally recognized expert in electric motor testing training and research, demonstrates the methods used for de-energized and energized motor testing. These methods are powered…

It’s 2021. How’s your IIoT program doing?
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It’s 2021. How’s your IIoT program doing?

If you’ve been waiting until the time is right to begin focusing on your Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) initiatives, you just might be waiting too long. The fact is that the concept of interconnected applications, equipment, and technology is more than just an abstraction. The IIoT market is forecast to grow to $110.6 billion…

Root causes of lubricant degradation and how to prevent it from harming your machines
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Root causes of lubricant degradation and how to prevent it from harming your machines

Oil analysis is a primary way to determine lubrication breakdown, a sign of potential premature failure in critical and other assets. Lubricant degradation occurs in six ways—oxidation, thermal degradation, micro dieseling, electrostatic spark discharge, additive depletion, and contamination. Expert Sanya Mathura, founder of Trinidad-based Strategic Reliability Solutions, Ltd., introduces the basic concepts of lubrication, and…

Maintenance planning do’s and don’ts to increase your M&R team’s effectiveness
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Maintenance planning do’s and don’ts to increase your M&R team’s effectiveness

Those responsible for reliability maintenance and asset uptime should consider adding maintenance planning to your list of critical processes. That’s a major takeaway from a Fluke Reliability Best Practice Webinar in April 2020 in which reliability expert Shon Isenhour scrutinized the quality of today’s maintenance planning practices. Isenhour, a founding partner of asset management consultant…

Tips, technology, and tools for next-generation machinery alignment
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Tips, technology, and tools for next-generation machinery alignment

An aging workforce means younger people and newer tools tackling alignment issues in our modern rotating machines. With today’s adaptive alignment tools and technology, and some basic fundamentals, even the most complex alignment jobs can be handled by anyone in the plant. There’s no need to rely on just a few experienced mechanics to perform…

So, your planner doesn’t plan? How to move away from unplanned maintenance
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So, your planner doesn’t plan? How to move away from unplanned maintenance

What do you mean your planner doesn’t plan? Let’s look at what a maintenance planner should do both for and with your organization. The planner role is one of the most important roles within your reliability program. However, in a recent SMRP Conference session, only 3% said their planners were truly planning work regularly. If…

Adopting a digital strategy
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Adopting a digital strategy

Christian Silbernagel of Fluke Reliability is featured on the Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie. In this episode, Christian talks about three key digital topics: – IIoT challenges and solutions – Smart data vs. big data – The power of connected reliability Silbernagel was an engineer for years before he drew on his experience and…

Early results from Plant Services survey: Teams have fewer resources, corporate culture looms larger
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Early results from Plant Services survey: Teams have fewer resources, corporate culture looms larger

Maintenance operations have evolved significantly over the past decade and are at a crossroads of sorts today, according to preliminary results from the fifth industry survey by Plant Services magazine. Preventive maintenance is better understood and more valued than ever before, according to the survey. However, maintenance workforce shortages have soared to more than 1…