Solutions for chemical industries

SPM Instrument is a supplier of condition monitoring equipment to chemical industries worldwide. Condition monitoring has become a natural and vital part of operations, for example, in companies employing Six Sigma to improve process variations systematically.

Chemical industries are generally sensitive to production stoppages. Due to long production chains in the lines, breakdowns have a significant negative impact. Also, because special purpose machines are used in production, spare part delivery times tend to be long.

Each chemical industry sector has its unique condition monitoring equipment and installation demands. Companies working with biotechnology have tough requirements regarding clean air. If an air system fan breaks down, all production in the area is wasted and the company suffers significant economic loss. A common factor for all sectors is the existence of Ex classified production areas, where safety is very important. Any equipment used in Ex environment must be certified by ATEX or similar organisations.

Typical applications in chemical industries

 
  • Electric motors and pumps
  • Large extruder gearboxes
  • Ventilation fans

The technical solution is online measurements and evaluation of trends with SPM Spectrum and applying the Shock Pulse Method for monitoring bearing condition. On slowly rotating machinery, the SPM HD® measuring technique can be used with benefit. SPM HD uses RPM-based sampling frequency and algorithmic correlation techniques to ensure the highest possible signal quality and razor-sharp spectrums for analysis.

SPM offers every piece of hardware and software equipment needed for an efficient condition monitoring solution, from the point of data collection all the way through to evaluated measurement data. Our measuring techniques for bearing and vibration monitoring are efficient and well-proven solutions for chemical industries.

Portable instruments

The SPM range of handheld instruments includes equipment for shock pulse measurement, vibration severity measurement and vibration spectrum analysis.

Intellinova online systems

An online condition monitoring and diagnosis system is an asset management tool that will keep constant watch over your equipment, maximizing the level of plant availability and performance.

Products for Ex environments

Products for use in potentially explosive environments includes our online system and portable instruments with accessories such as transducers, transmitters and headset with microphone.

HD technologies

Condition monitoring with High Definition (HD) technologies provides extremely long pre-warning times, thus maximizing the planning horizon for maintenance and repairs.

Case studies

Reciprocating compressor failure

In this case study from a chemicals and fiber company in Taiwan, a reciprocating compressor failed due to carbon residue on the piston rods.

Ultra-long forewarning on drying drum

An international chemical company in Finland has monitored the condition of low-speed drying drums since 2012 using HD technology. This case study describes the detection of a bearing damage whose development was monitored over the course of three years.

News

Ashland maximizes reliability and ensures BRZO risk management compliance with SPM

Worldwide specialty chemicals company Ashland’s facility in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands, is a long-standing SPM condition monitoring equipment user. The plant recently pl...

Case study: Three years’ pre-warning time for low-RPM drying drum with HD technology

In a chemical plant in Finland, the Intellinova Compact online condition monitoring system detected the first signs of bearing damage on a carrying wheel bearing in a...

Ashland first out with Leonova Diamond IS in Benelux

Ashland Industries Nederland takes the help of Leonova Diamond IS in its efforts to meet the strict environmental and safety requirements imposed on so-called BRZO com...

Domsjö Fabriker boosts its condition monitoring with SPM technology

Swedish biorefinery Domsjö Fabriker now invests in the Ex version of the latest portable instrument Leonova Diamond® from SPM, containing the patented and award-winnin...