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RGf

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Due to the "right sizing" at my company I took a retirement offer so my last day of gainful (?) employment is the 29th of this month. No plans on what to do after that but I will figure something out to keep myself out of trouble. I wanted to pass along my appreciation to the regular posters on this board (and other spots) who always answer the bell when someone,  including myself, posts an issue. The level of expertise and the willingness to help on here always blows me away. Good luck to all of you in the future and I'm sure I will drop in on occasion to see what's shaking.......Russ
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Russ,

Best wishes for the future. I hope you keep your interest in vibrations and machinery. Put yourself on LinkedIn (and post a link here) in case you want to keep going, even in a limited way.

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Congratulations to you!.   I appreciated all your information on power plant equipment (generators etc) both here and on eng-tips.  Maybe you will visit us here every once in awhile with your newfound abundance of spare time. 

I remember you said you warned your employer that this day was coming. 
Did your they have the foresight to bring someone in for any semblance of a turnover? 


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Best of Luck in Retirement RGF, I have always enjoy your contributions.
Keep an eye on us in here, your always welcome.

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electricpete-I made a rather detailed succession plan late last year for my replacement but.......upper management decided they don't need boots on the ground to run a PdM/Reliability program so they eliminated the site PdM guys (or gals) as the case maybe. They're planning on a regional guy to take over for the site folks. It will be interesting to see on how that works for a 2100MWE gas turbine plant. They keep talking about "leveraging technology" but maybe I'm an old timer-IMHO every once in a while you need to drag your senses out to the machines and ask them how their doing. 
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Good luck with the future and visit here sometime if you have time.
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Good luck with retirement and thanks for all of your contributions.  It sounds like your soon to be ex-employer will need more luck with "leveraging technology".  Before you leave, make sure to tell them that "machines don't always read the book on how they are supposed to fail".
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Wish you all the best RGf. Good for you.

The technology over-trust is a common issue and it's spreading because of the huge flow of marketing. It's sad that the marketing did a great job in directing the attention away from the core of the feild, where there have been only little breakthroughs.

Yes, please visit here when you can and have free time. The forum needs people like you who are honest and giving.

Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa
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Slightly Off topic but relevant to RGF's points, the same conversation was started on Linkedin yesterday about companies thinking they can replace pdm as we all know it with an algorithm feeding from the data set in a plant and being able to 'Magically' create predictive maintenance advice.  

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Yes, directly connected to the work order system? Yes, finally.[rolleyes] I saw some pointy hair boss at a 3 letter company bragging about that many years ago........
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@OLi...yeah think its the same 3 letter company I do work with, we were promised effectively software will re-order the new components when a criterion is met, they are also 3 years promising us an analyzer replacement with tablet  and wireless sensor and its still not completed..have a 'stop gap measure' but its far from ideal. Other companies are making far more advanced inroads with hardware.

Sorry if this is diverting the topic. I will start a new one perhaps? 
https://www.machineryanalysis.org/post/our-industry-going-forwards-next-510-years-10073777?trail=15#1
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In my case with have instrumentation (vibe and 1 temperature sensor) on about 90% of our rotating equipment that is available on our desktop with models built for all of the critical machines with alerts and alarms. There are some difficulties with the balance of plant equipment that we use the generic ISO limits for alarms as some equipment just doesn't seem to want to run to a standard. The thinking is that we have all this data and someone can (from a remote location) just look at the alarm list and determine machine condition so why have boots on the ground at the power plants. I might be a skeptic but if I have a bad actor machine I would want to go out and put my hands on it and figure out what is ailing it in a timely manner and not wait for the next time the I happen to be in the neighborhood. The major benefit I realized from the system is that it eliminates routine vibe routes and frees you up to do other PdM stuff-acoustics, IR, leak checks etc. It was also very convenient to be able to pull up date from home to answer a majority of those I thinks this pump/motor/fan is running rough calls. I guess we will see. I'm planning on setting up an LLC for PdM work in case they call me back as a contractor. Again I appreciate all the knowledge and wisdom form the guys on this board and good luck to you all.
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Best wishes for your retirement enjoy your time, just don't forget the forum your experience is well appreciated.
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