In 1918, N. W. Akimoff, a Russian immigrant, invented the first-ever dynamic balancing machine in the United States and helped pave the way in the last Industrial Revolution. Akimoff made it possible for the industry to balance machine rotors such as turbines, pumps, fans, or rolls and was duly lauded for his ingenuity in the […]

According to the U.S. Federal Energy Management Program, over 55% of maintenance conducted in the United States is reactive or Run to Failure. This means that no money or manpower are used on the machinery until it breaks and can no longer perform its work. This maintenance mindset has plagued the U.S. and the world […]

Preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance are two approaches to keep your machinery running smoothly and reliably. Preventive maintenance centers around time-based (daily/weekly/monthly) maintenance tasks required to keep machinery operating properly. They are tasks learned through institutional knowledge gained from over a century of experience with machinery and pass down through the years. Certain tasks must […]

Pumps, turbines and other industrial machinery are usually encased in housings made from an aluminum or steel. This helps reduce the impact of abrasion, harsh chemical solvents and water or dust contamination. Trying to analyze whether or not there are issues with the components inside rarely makes sense to do visibly precisely because disassembly is […]

Initial Machinery Inspection prior to any start up it is important to validate/identify simple items such as loose bolting, cracked welds, improperly greased bearings, clearances issues between rotors and housings, pipe strain, the rotor statics indicating an unbalance condition, sheave and coupling alignment issues and other simple checks. We are only human so it is […]