A couple of years ago, the plant manager decreed that all motors over 10HP would have vibration monitoring. Because problems can be nipped in the bud and nipped during scheduled downtime rather than during an unexpected failure, this has dramatically improved equipment availability and plant output. In nearly every case, the motor pedestal was weak or the motor wasn’t mounted properly. In one case, the foundation had cracked and was replaced with one made of reinforced concrete. But ...

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