April 2002

Rotating Equipment/Reliability

Low technology approach to better machinery reliability

Several basic steps can give good results

Cummings, J., Consulting Engineer

Many articles, books and training classes instruct people how to use the newest technology to help plants improve machinery reliability. These almost always employ microprocessor-based computers, either in specialty devices, personal computers or plant process control computers. However, many plants worldwide may either not have or desire to use this new technology. Numerous reasons, including budget, personnel training issues, lack of manpower or even political issues may preclude access to such technology. Some plants may also question the potential adverse aspects in using the latest technology, such as reducing

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