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Bearing inspection

Close-up of silver bearing

Getting the whole story on your bearings can help you make system adjustments that lead to higher productivity.

Description

Our engineers inspect, report and document the condition of your critical plant bearings. They use inspection data to establish the optimum replacement criteria for bearings, and also identify any changes to maintenance practices. This service complements your existing condition monitoring programs, such as oil analysis and vibration measurements, by correlating related data.

Application

We work with you to:

  • Schedule inspections to coincide with equipment outages or rebuilds
  • Identify bearings that indicate problems
  • Visually inspect critical elements – using a borescope when needed – and record observations through procedures
  • Photograph components and communicate results
  • Compare results with previous inspection and condition-monitoring program data
  • Identify bearings that need periodic inspection

Deliverable: The Engineering Service Report outlines the current condition of critical bearings, necessary corrective actions and improvements to operational or maintenance procedures. The report includes photographs, necessary supporting documents and value of service rendered to the customer.

Common opportunity areas

  • Optimum lubricants for the operation
  • Abnormal operating temperatures
  • Lubricant contamination
  • Leakage in heat exchangers
  • Bearing clearances that are too loose or too tight
  • Overload
  • Incorrect bearing
  • Misalignment
  • Desire to extend oil drain interval
  • Filtration practices

Safety, health and environment

Our field engineers are attuned to the hazards of handling, storing and using petroleum products. They strictly observe safety and environmental rules, as well as ExxonMobil and customer safety practices. They coordinate efforts through designated plant personnel verifying electrical and mechanical lockout and proper tagging prior to working on equipment, and providing recommendations to help reduce hazards.