December 2013: Posts in Review

Thank you for a great December! Here’s a list of the month’s posts for review:

Broken Gauge: What could go wrong?

When gauges are ignored, they can become a point of failure. Most of the plant accidents in recent years can be attributed to faulty gauges.

Predictive Maintenance: Laser Belt Pulley Alignment

Since 1998, laser alignment is the industry standard method for accurately realigning belts, pulleys, sheaves, sprocket drives, and other wear components.

Ultrasonic Air Leak Survey

L&S Electric uses ultrasonic air leak surveys to detect leaks in pressure and vacuum systems, detect electrical arcing, and inspect for bearing failure.

3 sites = 1 million barrels of oil per day. Where?

Energy fact of the day: Within months, the US will have three oil fields producing more than 1 million barrels per day.

Colorado River Hydro Electricity Source Drying Up

The dry spell affecting the dam’s power source has outlasted any other in the 77 years that the structure has generated hydro electricity.

Picking the Right Circuit Protection

Circuit protection is the intentional installation of a “weak link” in an electrical circuit either a fuse or circuit breaker or a circuit protection device.

Improving Reliability thru Bearing Lubrication Management

Achieving a reduction in component wear and an increase in reliability is an effective and clean average bearing lubrication film thickness.

PdMA Motor Tips

Each week, PdMA Corporation publishes a tip regarding PdM and overall motor care. Below are five such tips.

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Bearings?

How well do you know your bearings? Take the bearing quiz and find out.

Dynamic Field Balancing

Balancing is crucial to the function and service life of rotating equipment. Imbalance is the most common cause of machine failure supported by bearings.

Keep an ear out: Sound Level Analysis

Avoid noise generated by poorly running machinery needs immediate attention to avoid costly downtime and decreased profit with a sound level analysis.

Improving Functional Safety

Competency plays a large part of safety. Having the tools for a good safety program mean nothing if nobody knows how and when to use them.


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