Home Health Case Studies in Maintenance and Reliability: A Wealth of Best Practices
With improving technology, it is possible for temperature sensors to be embedded in stationary seal faces, which can then be monitored. This will add to the growing list of condition monitoring techniques that will become available. Seal failures account for over 20% of pump failures. Predicting their time of failure can lead to significant reductions in downtime and costs. The method can be universally applied and is not restricted to this particular seal design.
Having a theory or hypothesis is not much use unless we can verify its validity by field trials. When we conduct such trials, potential errors have to be identified, and results corrected if they are significant or introduce bias.
Understanding exactly what happens during a failure can guide us in designing better components and equipment.
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