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A Condition Monitoring (CM) program is an essential part of either a Proactive Reliability Maintenance (PRM), Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) or Predictive Maintenance (PdM) strategy and the most commonly used tools are Vibration Analysis, Lubricant Analysis, Thermography and Watchkeeping. Condition Monitoring (CM) is a process of collecting ‘data’ from an asset on a routine basis and trending any changes, along with inspecting each data set for indicators of issues. With this you are able to determine the ‘Health’ of that asset just the same as a Doctor does when they look at you and take your pulse and blood samples etc.
The main goal and indicator of a successful Condition Monitoring (CM) program is increased Reliability, minimal unplanned stoppages, production increase, reduction in Maintenance costs and hence an increase in profitability. Commonly detected faults in both rotating and reciprocating equipment (Gas Turbines, Compressors, Steam Turbines, Fans, Motors, Pumps, and Gearboxes etc.) are Unbalance, Misalignment, Lubrication issues, rolling element bearing faults, ‘White Metal’/Plain bearing faults and Looseness.
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Scenic Acoustic and Vibration Engineering Ltd (SAVE) offer the following Condition Monitoring Services: