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    Condition Monitoring Grinds Real Results For Coffee Manufacturer

    Discovery of machine fault leads to significant savings.

    With research revealing machine downtime costs UK manufacturers over £180bn every year, 1 faulty machinery can have a hugely negative impact on the bottom line. Keeping assets on the move is critical to productivity and business performance, and with over half of outages caused by hidden internal faults, a robust asset management strategy is essential.

    Implementing machine condition monitoring as part of that strategy is a key part of mitigating unplanned maintenance, providing valuable insight into the health, condition and performance of your assets and enabling predictive and preventative maintenance decisions based on real-time data.

    RS has worked with a leading global coffee manufacturer for nearly a decade, providing weekly onsite mobile condition monitoring and oil analysis services at its UK processing plant. As part of a routine condition monitoring check, a condition monitoring engineer from the RS Maintenance solutions team discovered a bearing fault on a fan in the evaporator system that had gone undetected by the customer. The fault, which had developed on a processcritical motor in the freeze dry section, was picked up using vibration analysis, a predictive maintenance method that can detect early issues in rotating machinery such as gearboxes, fans, shafts, motors and compressors.

    Flagged to the engineer through an elevated vibration reading on the motor, the fault was repaired and the bearings replaced. The issue was so significant that left undetected it could have resulted in up to 24 hours’ downtime. Combined with the potential for a huge amount of product wastage and the cost of a replacement motor, the total costs would have exceeded £250,000 for the customer.

    The benefits of condition monitoring for businesses are significant and tangible, cutting downtime by 40 per cent, reducing maintenance costs by half and extending the lifetime of assets by a third. For this particular customer, the results have been substantial Rob Webster, Head of Onsite Condition Monitoring and Asset Management at RS says: “Condition monitoring can identify decreased performance or potential for failure in machinery and in this instance, it’s saved the customer a huge amount of money. “To put it into context, the total saved from this single fault find is more than the site has paid for its entire Condition Monitoring programme to date over a period of nearly eight years.” Condition monitoring is one of the RS Maintenance Solutions and has resulted in the reduction of potential outages for the customer in other areas. Vibration analysis has been employed on machinery critical to its operations, such as its specialist spinning cone column machinery.

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    Using condition monitoring to analyse the performance of assets plays a key role in productivity, helping to keep on top of maintenance and keeping both machinery and your business moving.

    ROB WEBSTER Head of Onsite CM and Asset Management, RS

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