Condition Monitoring
The study of friction, wear, and lubrication – otherwise known as Tribology – is of enormous practical importance to industrial maintenance professionals because it can not only optimize functionality but also help prolong the life of mechanical equipment. However, there are few professionals in this field who invest in furthering their knowledge of recent advances, whether lowering friction or reducing wear of mating components.
Equipment and systems are designed to perform some function at pre-determined levels. The design of the system is such that its components are not overloaded in normal operation, so it should operate long and successfully. However, there are times when something goes wrong. That might happen after a certain amount of use or time has elapsed or it might happen at any time (that is, randomly).
Effective field service is about proactively managing your workforce and inventory in order to meet the constantly sliding scale of customer expectations. As a result, field service organizations are constantly looking to improve on the key metrics to better serve customers: first-time fix rate (FTF), mean time to service (MTTS) and mean time to repair (MTTR).
Choosing a flowmeter can be difficult because there are many technologies, kinds of flow and operating conditions. Universal Flow Monitors’ upgraded website (www.flowmeters.com) helps users make better flowmeter decisions, according to Erik Rosaen, vice-president of marketing.
FLIR has unveiled the new FLIR T420 and T440 thermal imagers. These high-performance infrared cameras launch innovative new imaging capabilities that help professionals find and capture problems more easily and with dramatically more vivid thermal images. The T420 and T440 infrared cameras arm users with infrared imaging resolution that works harder to reveal trouble spots. In addition to sharp thermal resolution at 76,800 pixels (320x240) for accurate diagnostics even from a distance, the new T440 features MSX Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging, a FLIR exclusive. MSX adds the detail of real-time visible spectrum images captured by the built-in digital camera to thermal spectrum images, providing extraordinary sharpness, contrast and clarity previously unavailable in thermal imaging. MSX instantly highlights where the problem area is for easier orientation to help customers and co-workers see what needs repairing. Other versatile imaging capabilities include scalable picture-in-picture and thermal fusion for easier image identification and added context. To drive home findings, thermographers can also add voice and text comments to images or sketch circles and arrows right on the touchscreen (T440). The T-series’ ergonomic rotating optical block swivels vertically up to 120° making it easy to properly aim at targets without compromising your view of the large 3.5” (89mm) color touchscreen. Powerful diagnostic tools simplify on-site analysis right from the screen. Analytics include Delta T, 5 measurement and box modes, isotherm and more. The new FLIR Tools Mobile app streams video and connects FLIR imagers to Apple® and Android™ devices for improved client communication. For building-industry professionals, “bx” versions quickly alert users to moisture intrusion and insulation problems with humidity and insulation alarms. The T440 bx also improves documentation with compass heading to improve location information. Whether a high-powered thermal camera is needed for predictive maintenance, electrical diagnostics, building and home inspections, or energy audits, FLIR’s new T-Series infrared cameras offer unrivaled capabilities backed by industry-leading innovation. The FLIR T-Series is available now through distributors and retailers. www.flir.ca
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