Rotating Machinery | Plant Asset Management
- To what standard were the pumps purchased to? API 610, ANIS? Saudi Aramco?
- What machinery specific performance indicators are routinely monitored to assess operational performance? Who is responsibility for monitoring and assessing, establishing targets, reporting results? Is the data trended?
- What are the machinery “bad actors” and what defines a “bad actor”?
- Is there a procedure for screening machinery failures and incidents to determining when root cause failure analysis should be applied? Is there a common method for RCA (Root Cause Analysis) and do those doing it understand the methodology?
- What is the routine monitoring done on machinery and how was the program established? Is the program regularly reviewed to adjust or modify monitoring interval?
- What data is collected to identify machinery improvement opportunities and what screening process is used for assessing?
- Who routinely takes vibration readings on pumps: operators, maintenance personnel, or contractor?
- Do operators do routine monitoring of pump performance?
- Can operators perform minor pump maintenance? Do they go through a formal training before being allowed to do minor maintenance?
- What is the policy for testing spare pumps? How was the interval established? When tested, what is the failure rate for not starting properly?
- Has pump repair ever been delayed because of lack of spare parts?
Are sufficient spares parts available from warehouse, vendor, third party?
12. Do compressors have a vibration monitoring system installed? Is it functioning properly? If not, can you identify the malfunctions?
Do all radial bearings have two vibration probes?
Are the thrust bearings equipped with axial displacement probes?
Is the system per API 670?
13. Are the journal and thrust bearings equipped with embedded RTD’s or thermocouples to detect the babbitt temperature?
14. Does the compressor have an anti-surge system? Does it perform properly?
15. Are the lube and seal systems separate? Do seal sour oil traps work? Is oil samples sent to Lab for metals/water analysis? Frequently?
16. What is the condition of spare rotor/spare bearings and seals/spare coupling?