February 8, 2006 | Ken Reed

The care and feeding of equipment

Often, equipment failures are considered just that – a failure of equipment to perform as expected or designed. When you install a new air compressor, you expect it to perform the maintenance required by the manufacturer, operate it as described in the manual, and conduct overhauls at the required periodicity.

In return, you expect that compressor to perform as designed: it should put out the designed pressure at the required flow rate for a specified number of years. This should not be too much to ask. So what happens when the 4th stage rings blow by after only a few months of operation? Most companies will attribute this to poor workmanship, replace the rings, and continue operating.

After several of these failures, they may decide they need better performance monitoring. They install vibration monitoring gear, and now they can fix the problem before it actually fails. But have they figured out why the rings are failing? Or have they just accepted the substandard performance of this quirky machine?

With Equifactor(R), we can finally get out of this trap. By finding the real root cause of the failure, we can break the cycle of operate-fail-repair-operate. In the majority of cases, we will find that hidden factors (wrong parts ordered? improper installation? wrong lubricant?) are the real causes of the failures. Your gear will only operate as well as you let it. With proper care and feeding, your equipment will operate as designed.

Sign up for an Equifactor(R) course, and see how Equifactor(R) combined with the power of the TapRooT(R) RCA system will solve your equipment reliability headaches.

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