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February 10, 2020

Are You Leaking Profits?

UE Systems wants to express our gratitude to the PdM Technologists who have helped us become the internationally recognized leader in the development of airborne and structure-borne ultrasound detection equipment since 1973.

Although you don’t often think about being thankful for technology, customers often tell us how our products support their ongoing efforts to save money through premature failure detection, elimination of downtime, increased productivity, and overall lower replacement costs.

UE Systems regularly presents in-depth industry information and updates to help clients save money through premature failure detection, elimination of downtime, increased productivity, and overall lower replacement costs. One educational webinar covered outcomes from various intern projects using ultrasound for steam trap testing. 

The seasons are changing as your factory is performing seasonal upkeep to prepare for the coming winter. For steam systems, unit heaters will typically be switched on as workers will go about their regular duties. However, winter causes unique changes to how your steam system operates.

There are so many opportunities to learn at conferences, especially during the sessions. This month we reached out to Joe Gierlach to give us some more insight on his session from the Ultrasound World Conference in May.

 

UE Systems recently sat down with Chuck Jarrell, from 3M, at the 15th Annual Ultrasound World Conference to learn how he got his start in the industry and his recommendations on leveraging Asset Management best practices.

Industrial assets can begin to break down after a few years of use if not lubricated properly. Assets maintained with a static condition monitoring program last longer, but still cannot reach the lifespans of equipment monitored with cutting-edge technologies and best practices.

Steam traps are often taken for granted – they perform a simple, but important function. When they’re working properly, their presence is subdued. But when one fails, its impact can be felt throughout the plant.

In a comprehensive webinar, Inveno Engineering, LLC technical manager and steam system expert Kelly Paffel explained why inspections are essential and how to optimize the process. Here are a few questions Paffel answered in his presentation:

An effective predictive maintenance strategy leverages technology and analytic data to allow for optimized scheduling of corrective maintenance tasks. The goals of these programs are to reduce asset downtime, prevent unexpected failures, promote productivity and increase the safety of personnel.

Facility maintenance teams need sophisticated communication technology to ensure that all workers have the information they need to achieve their goals. Lack of technology can make it difficult for team members to work effectively. By combining in-person and digital meetings, facility managers can improve productivity and eventually control maintenance costs.

Maintenance and reliability professions face an ever-widening skills gap. A joint report from Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute predicted that as many as 2 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled by the end of the decade. Due to high retirement numbers among baby boomers and lack of technical skills among college graduates, industry stakeholders face a challenge that isn’t likely to disappear soon.

September 28, 2018

Top 4 dangers of steam systems

Steam systems rely on dozens of moving parts to operate properly. If even one piece of an asset malfunctions, it could spell disaster for a facility.

Plant management and financial stakeholders are locked in a constant struggle with their plant lines. Equipment-based losses can eat into the facility’s bottom line. But is maintenance to blame for these losses? Or is there a deeper issue at work?

Energy usage is a major part of any facility’s operating budget. Facility managers who are interested in reducing energy spend should follow these emerging trends:

At this year’s Ultrasound World in Clearwater, Florida, industry leaders met to learn from technology experts from around the world. General Electric’s Global O&M Digital Implementation Leader Jose Maria Gurria spoke about his role preparing Maintenance and Reliability professionals for the future.

A 15-year veteran of the maintenance and reliability in the Power Industry, Gurria is a forward thinker, taking today’s emerging technologies and applying them in a practical manner. This year, his focus is on the advancement of automation and how it impacts facility maintenance stakeholders.

As more baby boomers retire each year and millennials take up the bulk of the workforce, facility managers will likely encounter a skills gap. Understanding all of the factors driving this challenge will help stakeholders develop a strategic plan for overcoming this growing challenge.

In less than a month, asset reliability professionals will flock to Florida for not one, but two amazing events. Ultrasound World and Reliable Asset World represent two of the biggest conferences in the industry, and there’s a lot you won’t want to miss. If you’re an asset reliability professional and want to advance your industry expertise, these events are for you.

Factories that rely on oil to lubricate their equipment and optimize its lifespan and performance may cause more harm than good if that oil has become contaminated. When debris makes its way into the lubricant, it can be abrasive to the bearings or other moving parts that are supposed to operate smoothly. When abrasives infiltrate equipment, the result could be failure.

A proactive approach to machine maintenance is one of the most effective machine maintenance strategies, which is why lubrication strategies are essential to keeping plants up and running. Terry Harris is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, and outlined the various failure modes of lubrication programs in a webinar for UE Systems.

A proactive approach to machine maintenance is one of the most effective machine maintenance strategies, which is why lubrication strategies are essential to keeping plants up and running. Terry Harris is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, and outlined the various failure modes of lubrication programs in a webinar for UE Systems.

The P-F curve has become an essential component to any reliability centered maintenance program, and being able to understand it can help extend the lifespan of your machines by more than you might think.

Electric motors are essential to numerous plants operations, no matter the industry, which is why understanding their 50 failure modes can help you develop a better maintenance program in your plant.

Machine maintenance and reliability can limit your plant’s overhead costs and keep it working efficiently, but if your maintenance plan is lagging behind, there are some things you can do right now to get it on track.

The right maintenance plan can save plants both cost and downtime, thereby improving efficiency and allowing companies to keep their operations running smoothly. Be they generators inside a power plant, or assembly machines within a factory, these tools are vital to the American economy. But because these facilities are so reliant on their proper function, when a machine comes offline, it can lead to expensive repair costs and slowed operations.

UE Systems latest addition to the Ultraprobe 15,000 Touch is a strobe light that will allow users to quickly determine and store the RPM of a rotating asset, enhancing on board diagnostics capability and lending even more detail to the already extensive level of reports available.