What is it and Why do you need it?

How is reliability defined? Most people expect that; equipment will start and continue to operate as long as needed. But how is Reliability defined? Reliability for equipment is defined as; “the ability to perform a required function under stated conditions for a specific period of time.” An important note: Reliability is not just a maintenance issue, it is a culture. Reliability involves management, maintenance, operations, engineering and all parts of the company.

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How it Saves Money

Maintenance programs, are they a costly expense or as an income opportunity? Maintenance cost is almost always treated as an expense. Utilizing reliability maintenance can turn this thinking around and our maintenance programs can begin to create opportunities to increase profits. Most current maintenance programs are typically reactive to failure and attempt to maintain equipment almost exclusively through lubrication. Few alternatives have been utilized to assist equipment in running reliably or efficiently; therefore, reducing the cost of doing business. With a few additions and alterations of maintenance practices, systems can begin to be seen as income instead of expense. Reliability maintenance is a required component of a world class maintenance program and is changing the way maintenance is viewed.

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In the ever-expanding field of predictive maintenance, there are technologies and equipment used for non-destructive testing. Within that field, there is a certification available which recognizes the visual skills needed for observing, analyzing and responding to the conditions found within any machine or system and its components. It is these skills that we use in the inspections we conduct. At Pepper Maintenance, we use infrared technologies and/or vibration analysis for predictive maintenance purposes.

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Reliability Centered (Based) Maintenance in any industry is an approach to plant operations and functions that enable the best profit return and result in bonus, trickle-down effects—improving safety, equipment life, employee comfort, reduced operating costs and greater efficiency—just to name a few. It is a new way of doing business and the returns are great. With a two to five year start-up plan for implementation, and the understanding and cooperation of management and accounting, the success profile will be obvious. Both large and small companies have recognized and acknowledged the value of return to investment.

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This resource is meant to guide the steps to consistent, reliable data. The purpose of vibration analysis is to reach maximum equipment life, prevent failure and recommend repairs and corrective actions. Machine notes will be kept with the data within the vibration signature.

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