Why Machines Fail and What You Can Do to Prevent It
This white paper describes how equipment fails and what may be done to improve overall reliability. The article identifies common mechanisms of failure: abrasion, corrosion, fatigue, adhesion, erosion, cavitation, electrical discharge, and deposition. Each mechanism has contributing factors, proactive measures, and affects various kinds of equipment. Several preferred non-intrusive monitoring techniques are identified to enable proactive and preventive efforts for improved reliability.