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Condition Monitoring for Rotating Machinery

By Amin Almasi Rotating Machine Consultant |

Rotating machines, such as pumps, compressors, gas turbines, steam turbines and electric motors, play crucial roles in most chemical process industries (CPI) facilities. Increasingly, advanced condition monitoring is being used to improve the operation and maintenance of these workhorse components. The use of well-designed condition-monitoring systems, predictive-maintenance strategies and failure root-cause analysis can improve equipment reliability and bring numerous other technical and commercial benefits, performance improvements and cost savings. The goal of any profitable process plant is to operate rotating machinery with maximum reliability and efficiency, and minimum operating and maintenance costs. The first step is to ensure proper specification and design of rotating machinery. An important aspect of specification is proper clarification of details up front — prior to the bidding phase and purchase- order placement. Increasingly, once the equipment is in operation, CPI facilities are implementing condition monitoring and predictive-maintenance programs to ensure that un-spared (critical) rotating machines can be operated effectively, without an unscheduled shutdown. At the same time, it should be noted that in general,…
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