In a maintenance technician’s regular rounds, one of the things that they would check for is the temperature of the bearings in your equipment. If they are found to be running at a high temperature, the technician will make sure to take action. However, the action taken depends on the condition of the bearings. There are four different conditions to watch out for:
- Caution – A bearing would fall under this category if its temperature lies between 180 to 200F. This temperature range is higher than the ideal, but when it comes to some equipment, this may actually be their normal operating temperatures.
- Alert – If the bearing temperature is hovering around 200 to 250F, this can be considered an alert condition.
- Alarm – Anything operating at 250 to 300F is at an alarm condition. Generally, this can mean that they are experiencing some failure. A technician will have to take immediate action.
- Shutdown – If bearings are operating at temps higher than 300F, they are in critical failure.
Keeping an eye on your equipment and keeping track of their regular working temperatures is essential. That way, if any temperature out of the ordinary occurs, you can immediately take action. You see, a bearing that reaches alarm or even shutdown conditions without being replaced can cause a catastrophic equipment failure that will cost tons of money and can even cost lives.
As a business owner, you do not want that type of liability—besides, would you not want to take good care of your employees and your equipment?
To make monitoring the temperature of bearings an easier and more automated task, you can look into some sensors and monitors. A computerized system that can detect temperature anomalies can save lives, not to mention your business. Contact KC Supply to learn more.