Critical equipment: bleach decker in a pulp and paper plant
Usually, in pulp and paper plants we will find a wash floor or wash area, where the paper comes through to be thoroughly cleaned / bleached. That job is done by a machine called a bleach decker, which is considered a critical and fundamental piece of equipment for production operations.
In this particular plant, which has a predictive maintenance program in place, it was decided to invest in online monitoring for these machines. The maintenance team wants to be alerted as soon as anything unusual is happening with the equipment in order to prevent any failures that would lead to a stop in production. This machine has 4 bearings, of about 48 inch / 120 cm diameter, rotating at 3 RPM.