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Condition Monitoring Techniques

In this course, students develop a practical understanding of the most commonly applied condition monitoring methodologies. Asset Strategy Development principles are advanced to apply the right technology, at the right time and place and with the right person. Students return to the plant with the ability to more effectively communicate with condition monitoring personnel, assist in effective performance audits of the current asset base and suggest improvements to monitoring strategies.


The course begins with a practical view and a sequential approach to managing asset reliability risk with correct analysis techniques, problem resolution and correct documentation application. Students are presented with predictive technology condition monitoring analysis and field utilization techniques for vibration, ultrasound, infrared and oil analysis. Then, students are prepared with detailed condition assessment information and site application observation questions to assist in the evaluation of current monitoring system's effectiveness and efficiency. Finally, tips, tricks and ideas as to how to best improve these various program results are presented.

Attendees return to the plant with the ability to more effectively communicate with condition monitoring personnel, assist in effective performance audits of the current asset base and suggest improvements to monitoring strategies

Subjects (included but not limited to):

Condition Monitoring

•    Machine Failure Assumptions

•    Failure Development Curve

•    Causes of Machinery Failure

•    Problem: Detection, Investigation

      and Analysis

•    Resolve: Correction and Improvement

•    Document: Maintaining and Measuring

      Work Results

•    Visual, Audible and Tactile Inspections

Vibration Analysis

•    Detection and Analysis Overview

•    Terminology: Amplitude, Frequency,

      Phase, Severity and Resonance

•    Data: Acquisition, Instruments,

      Transducers and Location

•    FFT: Principles and Process

•    Analysis Application Sequence: Machinery Information and Data Interpretation

Ultrasonic Utilization 

•    Technology, Terminology and Principles of Operation

•    Typical Applications: Compressed Air/Gas, Steam Traps and Valves,

      Electrical, Bearing Failure Detection and Lubrication

•    Vital Program Components: Collection, Analysis,

      Reporting and Common Challenges

Practically Applying Infrared 

•    Introduction and Technology Overview

•    Principles of Operation

•    Sources of Error and Limitations

•    Understanding: Spot Size, Emissivity, Ambient Conditions

      and Common Misconceptions

•    Types Available and Typical Applications

Oil Analysis 

•    Purpose of Lubricants, Types of Friction and Lubrication Films

•    Understanding Lubricant Properties: Viscosity, Ph, Oxidation,

      Pour Point, Water Separation, Color, Bases and Additives

•    Overview of Analysis Practices: Sampling, Field, Laboratory

      and Commercial Testing

•    Cleanliness: Practical Standards and Measurements

Applying PdM Technologies

•    Common Machinery Faults and Application Enhancements:

      Misalignment, Unbalance, Resonance, Bearing Defects,

      Journal Style Bearings, Looseness, Flow and Electrical Problems

•    Determining Machinery Problems - Primary and Secondary Technologies:

      Motors, Centrifugal Pumps, Fans and Blowers, Gear Drives and Compressors

Target Participants:

ERMS  has been carefully designed for anyone who has a role in reliability including Production and Maintenance leaders, supervisors, engineers, and lead hands. Reliability leaders, managers and engineers.

Course Description

Continuing Education Credits Included

Format: Public Course

Category: Training

Language: English

Members: $1,800
Non-Members:  $1,950

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Friday, July 30 at 8:00am to 4:00pm

Nissan Decherd Training facility 520 Powertrain Dr. Decherd, TN 37324

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