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Root cause analysis is a powerful tool for investigating equipment problems when combined with oil analysis. It helps to identify what happened, why it happened, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.
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Sensei OLEX allows maintenance personnel to quickly monitor oil level in hundreds of pieces of equipment through Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Sensei OLEX can also help Environmental, Health and Safety Managers improve their metrics in the areas of slips, trips and falls – which are the 2nd most common injuries in the workplace.
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IIoT devices are not a one-size-fits-all-solution. There are many types of systems and devices that provide plants the ability to expand their technological endeavors. However, the decisions to implement IIoT can be complex and multifaceted. It is a unified effort between a variety of functions.
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A dark, dingy, and cluttered “lube area” can be overwhelming and frustrating to search for the lubricant that you need to top-off your equipment. But a little organization and following FIFO inventory control methods will help you find the right product and ensure it is appropriate for use - saving you time and money.
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Sensei helps you keep constant watch on the lubricant inside your equipment in real-time. Now, instead of doing the typical lube routes, unnecessary maintenance and emergency service...your team can move more proactively and efficiently.
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It is that time of year to think about budget planning and investing in your lubrication program. It can be the single greatest factor in decreasing unplanned downtime. It also provides the greatest ROI. It doesn’t matter where you are in your lubrication program, as long as you continue to plan to improve it incrementally, you’ll see these benefits. Let’s look at how to achieve this and how it relates to budget planning.
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Too often we see customers dive into change without any formal planning in place, providing little or no positive results. In our experience, the most effective approach has been to take a step back, assess the current state of your program, identify gaps in your process, and determine the elements critical in achieving your company’s goals. This allows you to outline a holistic approach to lubrication that incorporates a short, medium, and long-term plan aligned with your current staffing levels, budget, and operation performance metrics. There are many ways to put time back on the clock and run reliably.
A true representative sample is a key first step in obtaining quality information from your oil analysis program. Obtaining those samples with consistency and ease can be done with the installation of pitot tubes. But how do you properly install them?
If you’re among the many industrial professionals who still view critical equipment lubricants as mere consumables – commodities to which you give little thought other than price – consider this: Poor lubrication causes as much as 60% of all equipment failures.