August 2000

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HP Reliability: Machine scanning is coming of age

For quite some time, our columns and bound texts have explained that forward-looking companies are no longer expecting experienced vibration analysts and technical personnel to look for..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For quite some time, our columns and bound texts have explained that forward-looking companies are no longer expecting experienced vibration analysts and technical personnel to look for deviations from normal equipment operating behavior. Instead, these reliability and long-term profitability-focused equipment owners are assigning the task of data collecting to the plant operator. Their reliability professionals are thus able to devote time to performing true root-cause analysis, concentrating on lasting and cost-effective remedial steps. Early data collector instruments were occasionally heavy and unnecessarily complex.

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