So why do you replace all those capacitors?

“So why do you replace all those capacitors?” This question came about during a discussion with a guy who looks after the engineering stores of a food production company. We were discussing a repair that we had recently carried out for him on a sizeable VSD. I was showing him photos of the power PCBs and driver PCBs. He admitted …

Should I repair my electric motor or replace it when it fails?

“Should I repair my electric motor, or should I replace it?”. This is a question that’s asked around the world every day…..and the answer? Well, the answer you will get depends on who you ask. And, If you’re the one responsible for getting your plant back up and running again, the answer might not be in your best interests either. …

Electric Motor Rewinding has a place in helping the environment.

Let’s say you’ve got an 160kW electric motor that needs a rewind. You are either going to send it for a rewind or replace it. Does the environment or circular economy play a part in your decision? We recently carried out an exercise just to see how much of a motor was recyclable. The results? quite surprisingly really. The 160kW …

Benefits of online condition monitoring

More and more people are seeing the benefit of having online condition monitoring systems installed on critical plant equipment. Josh is programming these base-stations for our largest installation of Meerkat so far. 405 vibration and temperature points will soon be monitored by these eight base-stations in one facility. Data will be captured 24 hours a day and via a wireless …

Increase productivity of your equipment

Do you want to increase productivity from your equipment? Then listen to what your plant is doing. Remote condition monitoring doesn’t just monitor the health of your equipment. It can give you crucial information as to things happening in your process operation too. Take a look at this example. A potential customer wanted to take a look at our monitoring …

Early Warning of Failure

Here’s a brilliant example of where online condition monitoring has an advantage over route-based condition monitoring. It shows how quickly things can change and how quickly an online system can respond in providing an early warning of failure. Here’s an actual timeline of events where an online system prevented a kiln fan failing in service. 12:43 – The online system …

Remote online condition Monitoring

This is the sort of information that can literally save you thousands of pounds in lost production, downtime and spoilt product. It is real data taken from a remote online condition monitoring system that is installed on a brick making plant. It’s not really the data that’s important. It’s what you can do with it where there’s real value. It …

On-line condition monitoring

There certainly is a growing interest for on-line condition monitoring of plant. But it might not be right for you….. If you’re happy with a run-to-failure system and the downtime costs that come with it, this post won’t interest you. If you embrace technology and see how having an early warning of failure is useful, here’s one such system being …

Better maintenance decisions

“What if you had data to make better maintenance decisions?” “What if that data could save you time and money?” “What if you had this data without having people come to your site?” “Would you make use of it?” …Well hopefully that’s a no-brainer, of course you would. Better maintenance decisions, time and money savings, fewer people on your site…Surely …

This smart building just got smarter!

This smart building just got smarter! 52-54 Lime Street in the City of London’s financial district is known as The Scalpel due to its ‘sharp’ design. But did you know… It is 190 metres high, Has 40 showers, Has 396 cycle parking spaces, and now it has a MEERKAT condition monitoring system installed! Rich and his team have been busy …