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Several tests can be performed on a hydraulic pump to indicate its condition. The temperature of the pump case, the flow of the case drain and the current draw of the drive motor are common checks that can be done regularly and over a period of time to track the wear of a hydraulic pump.
A balance program developed for the lead phase measuring system was used for searching the effective two-plane balancing solution for the lag phase system of measurement for an overhung rigid rotor. This article presents the mathematical expression of the solution and its validation from the results of a test for two-plane balance by comparing calculated values using experimental data.
You have probably heard the phrase, “the soft stuff is the hard stuff,” meaning that the tools and techniques are actually easier to do than the “softer” issues, like leadership, alignment, teamwork and managing cultural change. Consider, for example, the finding of a Harvard Business Review study of some 200 management tools, such as total quality management (TQM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), etc., used in 160 companies over a five-year period.
In the June/July 2016 Uptime article, “Condition Monitoring and MEMS Accelerometers: What You Need to Know,” several attributes of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometers were presented that make the technology compelling for condition monitoring applications. This article reviews data demonstrating the state of MEMS technology development and performance levels by comparing it to a commercially available piezoelectric (PZT) condition monitoring accelerometer.
Although many are utilizing ultrasound in their condition-based monitoring (CBM) program, many are still lukewarm about implementing the acoustic lubrication application as part of a CBM program. But here’s why that application should be utilized.
This article, the third in the series (Feb/March 2016 and Aug/Sept 2016) about developing an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution, takes a closer look at the second phase: research and development (R&D). R&D starts with the go to development milestone, then continues to the first go live and subsequent releases until the final stop when the decision to finish the development is taken.
There is tremendous hype around the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT), but the IoT is not a singular entity as the value proposition, timeline and technological needs vary widely across its three major domains – industrial, consumer and healthcare. The hype across all three of these IoT domains is palatable, with talk of industry 4.0, smart homes and digital healthcare increasing on a daily basis. This makes finding the right IoT markets and the best bets an enormous challenge.