Predictive maintenance programs use many sophisticated tools to help determine the health of your equipment. Did you know your finger can also help?
Looseness can be detected with a vibration analyzer. When you see looseness, use your finger as a sensor and run it around the interfaces of the bearing pedestals, housings, and foundations. It is surprising how sensitive one can be to the phase difference of shaking parts that have become loose. See that it is remedied before it causes catastrophic failure.
In the article, Ludeca relates a study that Toyota performed regarding premature equipment failure. 80% of all premature equipment failures are the result to three causes that could have been prevented the failure:
- Improper Lubrication
In addition, inadequate lubrication can be the culprit for other types of equipment failure.
Often, by the time poor lubrication is detected, a considerable amount of damage has already been done. An electric motor’s winding insulation breakdown rate is doubled for every 18° F rise over 165° F. This is why motor cooling fins are actually for cooling and not for holding dust, grime, or whatever.
Common sense and some basic observations go a long way in ensuring the health and longevity of your equipment.[subscribe2]