As pharmaceutical manufacturers look to boost productivity and minimise downtime, frequently now with the goal of moving from batch production to continuous operation, Neal Welch, life science sales manager, Automation Systems Division at Mitsubishi Electric, highlights the importance of smart condition monitoring technologies.

Predictive maintenance requires constant vigilance in order to be effective, ensuring that maintenance engineers know when it is the right time to lubricate bearings, apply a rust-preventative coating or treat their water supply. These tasks will vary in frequency, so there can be a steep learning curve to getting it right.

Leroy Spence, manager for the Americas at industrial equipment supplier, EU Automation, discusses how manufacturers can use predictive analytics to manage assets and minimise downtime.

The wide availability and low price of vibration monitoring equipment gives maintenance engineers an effective way of protecting all their assets – including those of relatively low value explains Chris Hansford, managing director of Hansford Sensors.

ABB’s MyRemoteCare and MySiteCare solutions have been developed specifically for the remote diagnosis and monitoring of MV circuit breakers, They facilitate the implementation of condition-based maintenance for the effective management of electrification systems.

The results from a series of in-depth studies on the vibration monitoring of rolling bearings in wind turbine gearboxes and generators, have been published in a report by Dr Steve Lacey, engineering manager at Schaeffler UK.

If machines and systems come to a sudden stop because of mains failures, the consequences are expensive and time consuming. These effects can be limited by implementing different bridging concepts of mains failures. PWE spoke to Manuel Senk, product manager, Interface & Mico at Murrelektronik GmbH in Oppenweiler.

Gas turbines form a crucial part of many power generation facilities and provide an efficient and reliable power source that can be brought online as required. Maintaining that facility requires a well-planned maintenance programme that will deliver continued reliability, optimum performance and efficiency as well as enabling improvements to be implemented. PWE reports.

A series of studies have shown that depot-based condition monitoring of railway traction motors using underfloor wheel lathes can be implemented at a fraction of the cost of Remote Condition Monitoring, says Dr Steve Lacey, engineering manager at Schaeffler UK.

Condition monitoring of plant is an increasing common method of preventing failure of critical equipment and maximising uptime, but many engineers are making some basic, and costly, mistakes. David Manning-Ohren, an expert in condition monitoring at ERIKS UK offers 10 rules to ensure that your condition monitoring techniques work for you not against you.

Swedish integrated board mill BillerudKorsnäs in Gävle recently got proof that gearbox condition monitoring is a reliability investment that pays for itself.

Once, maintenance was seen as simply an on-going cost of business. But, its ability to banish downtime means it is now a key contributor to the bottom line, says Phil Burge, country communications manager at SKF.

Getting the lubrication level right for high-speed machine tool spindles has, for the most part, been an inexact science. A surprising statement perhaps, considering how crucial the accuracy of the finished product is. And given that the lifespan and operational level of bearings depends on adding precise doses of lubricant, there should ideally be no margin for error. PWE reports.

Intellinova Compact Ex is the latest addition to the Intellinova product line for online condition monitoring of rotating machinery from SPM Instrument, Sweden – a leading provider of condition monitoring technology and products.

Kamalina Srikant* looks at improving your maintenance strategy with online condition monitoring.

Schaeffler UK has provided exception-based remote condition monitoring of ships’ gearboxes for United European Car Carriers (UECC). PWE reports.

Whether using thermographics, ultrasonics or vibration analysis, maintenance and facilities management staff can now use sophisticated techniques to identify where problems exist and quickly prioritise the most appropriate steps of action to ensure safety. A recent EU Directive states that companies must conform to the application of best available techniques for pollution prevention and control, and Optical Gas Imaging cameras are highlighted in the Directive for their effectiveness, says Erik's Dave Manning-Ohren.

Megger has introduced the PAT450, a portable appliance tester designed to test portable electrical equipment for safe operation. Said to be ideal for portable appliance testing in locations like service workshops, schools, hospitals, prisons, construction sites, offices, restaurants and sport facilities, the PAT450 can store up to 10,000 test results. It features 10 A and 25 A bond tests with high duty-cycle designed for fast testing, easy operation and all-day use. The PAT’s 250 V and 500V insulation tests protect sensitive electronics.

Companies have never been more aware of the large costs and inconveniences created by downtime and urgent repair when equipment fails. However many are still exclusively reliant on routine maintenance which is not only a fixed, recurring cost in itself, but may also result in work and replacement of components. PWE reports.

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