What is condition monitoring?
Condition monitoring (CM) is the process of monitoring a parameter of condition in machinery (such as vibration, temperature, etc.), in order to predict and /or identify a change that may indicate a fault or need for mechanical repair.
It is a very important component of predictive machinery maintenance.
AMRRI believes in a lubricant-based condition monitoring program that provides a sound return on investment. We are also leaders in condition monitoring training programs.
Our Oil Analysis Program
AMRRI’s condition monitoring program, Fluid Forensics, is not a traditional oil analysis program. Instead, the test slates, test frequencies, and targets are established based on equipment criticality, failure modes, and the customers’ reliability objectives. This helps to drive an effective and efficient program resulting in fewer missed opportunities and false alarms.
We provide condition monitoring management with a snapshot of the current cost of machine lubrication effectiveness and reliability engineering with the details to make corrective actions. The evaluation and recommendations for each piece of equipment are very specific and allow the customer to achieve maximum benefits from the oil analysis program.
AMRRI’s Fluid Forensics takes conditioning monitoring and condition-based maintenance to the next level by evaluating machine health while operating with the chosen lubricant. Incorporating the test slates, test frequencies, and targets based on equipment criticality, failure modes, and the customers’ reliability objectives delivers the most effective and efficient program possible.
AMRRI can also assist with KPI monitoring and reporting which ensures that no action or problem machine/sample “slips through the cracks”.
Condition Monitoring Services
Industrial machine lubricant analysis should be a cornerstone of any condition monitoring program or condition monitoring training program.
Utilizing over 20 years of oil analysis experience, AMRRI offers multiple services that help create superior Condition Monitoring Programs.
Benchmark and Gap Analysis
The first step of building or improving any program begins with review and evaluation of current practices and programs. At the end of the three day benchmarking and analysis process, AMRRI will provide a document that illustrates the current operating level of the machinery lubrication program and defines practices that will improve the program.
The areas of review for this exercise include:
- Laboratory Selection
- Equipment Selection
- Test Slate
- Sampling & Test Frequency
- Data Analysis
- Data Driven Corrective Action
- On site testing
- Predictive Technology Integration
- Alarm Development (Targets and Statistics)
AMRRI will give specific and general recommendations and prioritization for program optimization. By using this road map as a guide to achieving oil analysis excellence, the end user can arrive at the ROI desired thus increasing overall uptime, and creating confidence in the oil analysis program.
Program Development and Optimization
By using the data and practices that were defined in the benchmark and analysis portion of the program along with AMRRI oil analysis program SOPs as a guideline and site specific reliability objectives, AMRRI can help you create a turn-key, custom designed oil analysis program.
AMRRI will send a trained and certified consultant onsite to help define all requirements for each
machine on the oil analysis program. These parameters include:
- Best sampling location (primary & secondary points)
- Test slate assignment (routine & exception)
- Sample and test frequencies
- Target cleanliness and moisture levels
- Sampling procedure development
- Assistance with lab set-up
- Define contamination control requirements
AMRRI’s Fluid Forensics is not a traditional oil analysis program. It’s a more effective way to perform condition monitoring.
The test slates, test frequencies, and targets are established based on equipment criticality, failure modes, and the customers’ reliability objectives instead of just the oil. This helps to drive an effective and efficient machinery lubrication program resulting in fewer missed opportunities and false alarms.
We provide management with a snapshot of the current cost of machine lubrication effectiveness and reliability engineering with the details to make corrective actions. The evaluation and recommendations for each piece of equipment are very specific and allow the customer to achieve maximum benefits from the oil analysis program.
AMRRI can also assist with program management through KPI monitoring and reporting which ensures that no action or problem machine/sample “slips through the cracks”.
Utilizing Fluid Forensics allows for best-in-class oil analysis while customers continue to use their lab of choice. This program allows customers to contract the entire program inclusive of testing or continue using their current lab and entrust the data evaluation to AMRRI.
On Site Services
The onsite resource will utilize the Fluid Forensics oil analysis program testing and evaluation process and serve as the local lubrication expert.
One of the most important aspects of oil analysis is simply understanding the data and how to use it. There are many applications on the market that help with oil analysis data management. Unfortunately, these applications are generally not used to their full potential.
AMRRI is known for a multi-faceted machine lubrication training approach. In addition to the public and private certification training, AMRRI can provide training specific to the following oil analysis applications:
- Oilview by CSI
- Oilography by 24/7
- Maintelligence by DMSI
Hands on training for these applications will include the following topics:
- Import lab data
- Test Slate selection
- Assign global alarms
- Assign specific alarms
- Reporting structures
- Data review
In addition to the training, cursory review of sampling practices will also be performed allowing the end user to fully capitalize on AMRRI’s lubrication consultant / trainer time and resources.
Lubrication Program Development Steps
Here are the steps we take for our Machine Lubrication Consulting through Lubrication Program Development & Optimization.
Precision Lubrication Practices Development
Linear Route Development
Condition Monitoring with Fluid Forensics
Storage & Handling Improvements
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