South Africa-based condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, are proud to announce a partnership with Swedish condition monitoring instrument manufacturers, SPM, allowing WearCheck to sell and support their world-class products.

The full SPM range features portable condition monitoring products, online systems, maintenance tools, technologies and expertise, all using techniques that help customers to achieve the highest possible uptime of critical assets – an approach which dovetails perfectly with WearCheck’s.

WearCheck’s technicians have been trained to use, apply and install the SPM equipment, which performs many reliability solutions techniques, including vibration measurement and analysis, balancing, orbit analysis and laser shaft alignment, bearing and pulse checking, lubrication assessment and root cause analysis.

WearCheck’s reliability solutions manager, Philip Schutte, believes the partnership is set to yield many benefits, and that it enhances even further the two companies’ shared vision of maximising the planning horizon for maintenance and repairs.

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Schutte and the WearCheck team have embraced the sophisticated Swedish technology with enthusiasm. ‘We have already seen how the SPM instruments and systems can add value to our reliability solutions services by yielding additional levels of extremely detailed and accurate data,’ he said.

‘This exciting partnership,’ says Schutte, ‘falls in line with WearCheck’s mission – to be a global leader in transforming condition monitoring into an ever-evolving market of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), and artificial intelligence. We are pleased to have the SPM brand join us as the leaders on the African continent in innovation within the reliability solutions arena.’

Rikard Svärd, SPM Instrument’s global sales manager agrees. ‘We are confident that WearCheck’s competence, as well as its industry-, customer-, and sales focus, will be an excellent match for our strong portfolio of condition monitoring solutions. We are delighted to partner with WearCheck and look forward to a long and fruitful business relationship that will further strengthen our position in the African market.’

SPM’s Condmaster software – the unique platform via which all the SPM devices interact – supports the full product range including handheld devices for measuring vibration data, alignment and balancing.

The software also governs online systems for continuous monitoring, such as wired multichannel systems and wireless monitoring systems, as well as supporting external user directories such as Microsoft Azure AD and REST API. The software offers a wide range of connectivity options, perfect for smart factories and Industry 4.0 environment

The best-sellers in the range include the Leonova portable vibration analyst tools, the Intellinova online system and the maintenance tools – accessories such as transducers to measure vibration and shock pulse, portable bearing and vibration checkers and the electronic stethoscope.

Coupled with WearCheck’s comprehensive condition monitoring programme, the SPM tools provide the expert knowledge needed to evaluate machine condition: a complete bearing catalogue, lubricant data, bearing life calculation, evaluation in green – yellow – red, ISO limit values, spectrum and time domain analysis, fault symptom detection, and more.

Online monitoring guards assets 24/7

A lack of on-site manpower to conduct condition monitoring does not mean that this is an opportunity for machinery to fail. Rather, WearCheck and SPM now have top-of-the range online guarding solutions in the form of the SPM Intellinova range of online condition monitoring units, which combine wired and wireless (Airius) platforms into one cloud-based/on-site server application.

Scientific lubrication programme saves money

Tough economic times dictate that companies need a thrifty approach to maintenance, without compromising on quality. Schutte points out that tweaking an operation’s lubrication programme is equivalent to capturing the low hanging fruit to save money.

‘By lubricating scientifically, in other words utilising condition monitoring technology to tell you if you need to lubricate, rather than relying on a time-based programme, plants will definitely create cost savings. This is a simple process done with SPM’s BearingChecker and Vibchecker as your first line of defence,’ he said.

As per the distribution agreement, WearCheck will provide full technical support and sales for SPM instruments in the nine countries in which WearCheck operates – South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, DRC, Ghana, Dubai and India.

All equipment is available in standard and Ex versions (intrinsically safe without compromising on performance). SPM technology is currently applied globally in many industries, such as mining, pulp and paper, marine and offshore, automotive, chemical, power products, oil and gas and many more.