Where do I come from?
I started my career as a mechanical engineer in the Aerospace industry, working in manufacturing for 5 years, I then moved into the manufacturing of armoured military vehicles serving first as Project Engineer and later on as Project Manager on various projects. Before I left that industry I also managed the procurement division. From there I became production manager in a small forging company. This is really where my first serious exposure to machine problems started. What drove me to find “a better way” was the nights spend at the factory fixing machines (the factory run 24 hours a day, but only had maintenance personnel during normal office hours). As these failures were unpredictable I decided to look for ways and means to identify them before they happen. I started looking at what was available in the market. The available equipment was quite expensive and for that reason I started looking for companies that offer condition monitoring services. I found a few, but these companies catered mainly for large companies running very expensive equipment. I decided that there must a market serving small and medium sized companies. In order for it to work I needed to find cost effective equipment that also do not require extensive post measuring analysis. This lead me to the SPM Instrument range of products and thus started my exposure to this special technique. What I also need to mention is that the sales person for the SPM Instruments was the only person that followed-up with me consistently. I in fact had my eyes on different equipment, but his persistence paid off and I bought my first SPM Instrument a T2001 with the accompanying software.
From there I cut my teeth on the shock pulse method and vibration severity. As the SPM Instruments evolved to include full vibration analysis capabilities I grew with it. We were also able to later get a distributorship for the SPM Instrument products in South Africa. We thus became part of the SPM family. SPM Instrument AB is a family owned business and the relationship with their distributors is like being in a big family.
I was still involved in the Aerospace industry though and we were able to use the shock pulse method successfully on some helicopter applications.
After 13 years in the industry we became part of a large national engineering supply company and after 14 years I left the industry behind.
Even though I left the full-time involvement in the industry I am still exposed to the lack of machine condition monitoring in particular in the aerospace gear manufacturing company I am involved in.
This Website is a compilation of real life cases in which I would like to share my experiences and knowledge before they fade from memory.To whom is this book addressed?
This book is for anyone with an interest in machine condition monitoring, not only vibration analysis experts, but people looking for a hands-on approach with enough examples to enable them to make judgements on machine operating condition.
It is also aimed at existing SPM users to give them a broader scope and experience base to compare their values and trends to.
Condition monitoring is very much a method where previous experiences help tremendously in analysing certain situations. If you do not have the experience yourself having a reference source is really invaluable.
It is also aimed at people looking for an explanation of the shock pulse method and its various application.