Fluke Corporation is the world leader in the manufacture, distribution and service of electronic test tools and software. Fluke has achieved the number one or number two position in every market in which it competes. The Fluke brand has a reputation for portability, ruggedness, safety, ease of use, and rigid standards of quality. The 65 years designing and building tools is recognized as the industry standard in test and measurement. Fluke understands that the demands on you and your tools are continuously evolving. This drives Fluke to keep innovating, to learn from you what challenges you face and what you need from your tools. Let them help you create a predictive maintenance program to help keep your world up and running.

Predictive maintenance involves measuring key indicators on critical equipment at regular intervals, documenting those measurements, trending those results over time, and looking for changes—particularly those that cross a threshold known to damage equipment. This approach is designed to help predict a failure before it occurs so that it can be headed off with scheduled maintenance. Preventive maintenance doesn’t use trending and threshold alarms to the same degree, but does involve regular, planned equipment inspection and maintenance and, in some cases, planned equipment replacement.

In the past, industrial facility maintenance programs based their level of predictive maintenance on the degree of risk and consequences. Basically that meant “How likely was a failure, and how much damage would it cause?” If the answer to either was “little”, many facilities opted for a more casual and reactive approach to maintenance. Part of the reason for taking this approach was because predictive maintenance required significant expertise and complex equipment and software. However, two things have changed since then. One, manufacturing now runs so lean that the impact of downtime is high enough—even on average—to incentivize at least preventive maintenance practices. Two, inspection technology has improved significantly, lowering the cost and the skill set required for meaningful predictive maintenance programs.

A predictive maintenance program employs several different inspection techniques, ranging from thermal imaging to vibration testing, ultrasound, condition-based monitoring, basic electrical testing, and more. For predictive maintenance inspection applications in critical and/or potentially hazardous situations such as chemical processing, nuclear power plants, and oil and gas facilities, you need as much diagnostic information as you can get to identify subtle changes. That means you need a high resolution infrared camera such as the Fluke TiX Expert Series line of infrared cameras. Recognizing the challenges in those extreme environments, these new Expert Series cameras were designed to provide a high level of detail as quickly and easily as possible to:

  • Remote sites/compressor stations
  • Towers, stacks, and air scrubbers
  • Steam traps, leaks, cat cracker degradation
  • Horizontal flares on offshore rigs
  • Top drives
  • Tank level
  • Electrical systems
  • Equipment monitoring
  • Motors and drives
  • Bearings

In addition to long distance exterior inspections, you can use high resolution infrared cameras to trou­bleshoot the standard equipment in a refinery from a safe distance so you may not have to secure a hot work permit or get close to high voltage.

Unscheduled downtime can cost millions and professionals who work in the oil and gas industry and know it is critical to maintain stable, continuous operations without sacrificing safety. You also know that regular maintenance, quick diagnosis of potential problems, and clear documentation are key to keeping production going smoothly and meeting regulatory requirements.

Accurate, consistent measurements and meaningful asset health analysis starts with the reliable tools. Discover the tools designed to meet your daily challenges, get helpful application notes, technical tips and register for Fluke predictive maintenance webinar at fluke.com/uptime.

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