November 2016

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Reliability: Monitor equipment condition by collecting vibration signatures

With relatively few exceptions, industry guidelines and standards allow an increased understanding of best practices.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

With relatively few exceptions, industry guidelines and standards allow an increased understanding of best practices. However, if a lack of industry consensus exists, then gathering, examining and acting on best available practices may be a worthwhile substitute. Recently, a midstream energy transmission company asked if we knew of a standard, issued by API or another entity recommending intervals, for collecting vibration signatures aimed at monitoring equipment condition. Fig. 1. Reliable machines require less frequent monitoring than unreliable machines. The question is readily answered in the negative. Yet, while there is no such official s

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