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M aintenance and Reliabilit y AS I SEE IT Jim Fitch | Noria Corporation Detection Zone Coding for More Efficient Condition Monitoring ese days, reliability professionals are faced with diverse options related to technologies and methods to detect, troubleshoot and remediate problems. Figure 1 is a simple example of the avail- able options to collect data and arrive at decisions regarding the health of machinery and machine components. e logical starting point is always to carefully rank failure modes by both criticality and probability of occurrence. For more information on this topic, see my previous column titled "A New Look at Criticality Analysis for Machinery Lubrication." is method is known as failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), and has been extensively documented. e failure mode ranking sets into motion the critical-path process in reaching optimized decisions related to condition monitoring followed by the prescribed response or remedy. is response should not simply be corrective but also incorpo- rate proactive measures to prevent or restrict recurrence. e emphasis is on optimized decisions and actions. It's easy to go cheap (penny wise, pound foolish), but there also can be temptation at the other extreme (a state of reliability excess), often driven by fear of the unknown. e optimum reference state is an activity of seeking balanced decisions. After "Condition monitoring is like a treasure hunt. e greater fun is in the search." 2 | January - February 2020 | www .

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