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Expert in Vibration Analysis and Troubleshooting of Rotating Machinery, Root-Cause Analysis, Condition Monitoring, Maintenance Management

Expert ID: 733354 United Kingdom

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Expert has over twenty five year's experience in condition monitoring and machinery vibration analysis, gained in the metals, oil and gas, petrochemical food and utilities industries. In this time he has built up a track record of diagnosing and solving machinery vibration and reliability problems and providing Condition Monitoring programmes that deliver lasting reliability improvements to clients. He has used a variety of vibration analysis techniques including spectral analysis, time waveform and phase analysis, operational deflection shape modelling, modal analysis and run-up and coastdown analysis to diagnose machinery problems on gas turbines, motors, generators, compressors, fans, pumps, gearboxes, paper machines, large machine tools, cranes, extruders and materials handling plant. Problems are permanently solved for clients through through specification of improved maintenance procedures, improved lubrication, machinery redesign, in-situ balancing, precision alignment, structural modification or use of dynamic absorbers. He has balanced in-situ a wide range of machinery, from a 787 tonne 48-pole flywheel generator rotating at 120 rpm to a 24,000 rpm gas compressor. He is a certified Level III Vibration Analyst (Mobius Institute). He has a very good practical understanding and hands on experience of additional condition monitoring techniques such as thermography, oil analysis, acoustic emission, ultrasonics and motor current signature analysis which he uses alongside vibration to build up a complete picture of machinery condition.

Over 25 years, firstly as as a research officer, plant improvement engineer and then as a consultant, Expert has successfully led and facilitated many investigations in to the root-causes of and solutions to industrial machinery reliability problems in the metals, oil and gas, chemical and food and beverage industries and has developed a pragmatic, structured, evidence based, teachable process specifically targeted at industrial reliability problems which uses the strengths of different RCA tools to best advantage as didcated by the circumstances of each problem.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2008 Degree: MSc Subject: Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management Institution: The University of Manchester
Year: 1989 Degree: BEng Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Imperial College, London

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: External Lecturer Department: Responsibilities: Supervision of MSc Students on the Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management course
Years: 2010 to 2012 Employer: Principal CM Engineer Title: Principal CM Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Senior CM engineer. Principal Engineer from Jan 2012. Responsible for troubleshooting and solving machinery dynamics and pipework vibration problems using multi-channel data acquisition equipment for clients in the North Sea, Ireland, the Middle East and offshore Africa. Implementation of an integrated CM programme including set-up and training for a large water treatment works. Performance testing & verification of offshore installation fire pumps using ultrasonic flowmeter and digital pressure gauge. Mentoring of Lead CM engineers.
Years: 2005 to 2010 Employer: AV Technology Ltd Title: Senior Consulting Engineer Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1998 to 2005 Employer: AV Technology Ltd Title: Consulting Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for managing and supporting predictive maintenance contracts with global companies through provision of expert troubleshooting of turbo-machinery, failure and reliability investigations, provision of maintenance management consultancy and routine monitoring using vibration analysis, thermography of electrical distribution systems, refractory lined vessels and rotating equipment, oil analysis and ultrasonic leak detection. ‘This promotion is well deserved and recognizes Expert’s professionalism, tenacity and quality of work in all areas, but particularly in the area of in-depth machinery troubleshooting. This has been reinforced by a number of extremely positive unsolicited comments from customers.’ – General Manager

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2011 to 2017 Country / Region: West Africa Summary: machinery vibration troubleshooting, Laser alignment, In situ balancing for offshore oil and gas.

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