Our Reliability Team keep a close eye on assets across all our clients, and one of the strengths of our system is that it gives us chance to share knowledge across systems and teams. As part of this, we circulate anonymous case studies within our team, highlighting important or interesting details and learning opportunities. We are happy to share these (completely anonymised) technical case studies with our customers as well, because we think that there are findings that will interest engineers across our industry.
This reliability case study is based on vibration monitoring that was completed by Tom Sutton, Senior Reliability Engineer in February 2022, and describes how vibration data from the fan Non-Drive End (NDE) on an exhaust fan at a large UK food manufacturer helped to diagnose an unbalance in the impellor fan. Further investigation found the root cause of this unbalance, which could then be addressed quickly and easily by their inhouse maintenance team – a really cheap fix that potentially avoided a catastrophic failure leading to significant downtime and a six-figure cost to the business.
It’s a great case study of preventative maintenance in action.
Contact one of our account managers and they can set up a call with our Reliability Team.