Condition Monitoring/Predictive Maintenance


Fixturlaser XA Pro – Redefines the Standard for Laser Based Shaft Alignment


At its launch a few years ago, the Fixturlaser XA definitely set a new standard for laser based shaft alignment products. With the introduction of new technology in both hardware and software, this alignment tool took a huge innovative technology leap forward with regards to its user friendliness and the once so time consuming task of performing shaft alignment. The Fixturlaser XA Pro is a new and improved successor to the Fixturlaser XA with more new features and more content that will make your every day maintenance job a lot easier.

See the Fixturlaser XA Pro in action!
Fixturlaser XA Pro Hardware


Fixturlaser UPADXA – A Real Fixturlaser Innovation

Inspired by t
Shaft alignment with Fixturlaser UPADXAhe consumer market, where the trend is all about making articles smaller and portable, the Fixturlaser UPADXA was born – the very first hands free laser based shaft alignment tool.

Designed for Comfort

The Fixturlaser UPADXA is a remarkable innovative step forward for any one who works with servicing machines. It gives you complete freedom to move and walk around the job site while doing your job.

The Fixturlaser UPAD
XA is designed to maximize your comfort of using a hands free tool; it has an angled display box that is equipped with a Velcro® strap that keeps it in place on your arm.
The display box has a large color touch screen, 3.5”, with a full VGA resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. The screen is both backlit and transreflective to provide the best possible visibility in poor light conditions, as well as in strong sunlight.


RMS Reliability Training Institute Condition Monitoring Training:

Quick facts; 

Condition monitoring has a very important role to play.  In a day at your site we can provide an overview of vibration analysis, oil analysis, wear particle analysis, ultrasound, motor testing technologies and other technologies listed below.  If you are have an in-house program or use consultants, this seminar will provide a great overview to everyone associated with maintenance and production.

Improving Reliability and Utilising Condition Monitoring Training: RMS Reliability Training Institute’s overview.

The combination of reliability improvement (through precision maintenance practices), condition monitoring, and root cause failure analysis provides the best all-round approach to reducing maintenance costs and improving

Delivered in a two days (or three if appropriate), it is possible to give people are more thorough understanding o these important topics. This course is ideal for Reliability Engineers and Condition Monitoring program leaders.

Duration: 2 days (3 if appropriate)

Course Description:  Download the full course outline 


SPM Instrument introduces Intellinova® Compact

SPM Instrument, Sweden, leading worldwide provider of condition monitoring technology and products, now announces the arrival of Intellinova Compact, the latest addition to the successful Intellinova family of products for online condition monitoring of rotating machinery.

Intellinova Compact is a high performance system, well suited for remote monitoring or industrial environments with measuring points in spread-out clusters. Wind turbines, pumping stations and auxiliary equipment in the pulp and paper industry are a few examples where Intellinova Compact is the ideal condition monitoring solution. Fans and gear boxes are other typical applications. Because it implements the new and sophisticated SPM® HD measuring technique, it is also the appropriate choice for any low speed application, such as agitators, crushers and conveyors.

Meet the new generation in bearing monitoring technology – SPM HD

Forty years ago, SPM Instrument were pioneers in shock pulse measurement. Since then, the True SPM® method has found users in industries throughout the world, being commonly recognized as the best method for measuring bearing condition.

SPM lands first order for Intellinova Compact

Intellinova Compact, the most recent addition to the Intellinova family of online systems, has attracted much attention from windpower and other industries and SPM now announces its first order for the system.

Collective intelligence ratio: Measurement of real-time multimodal interactions in team projects : Table of Contents

Team Performance Management >> 
Purpose – With a team interaction analysis model, the authors sought to identify a varying range of individual and collective intellectual behaviors in a series of communicative intents particularly expressed with multimodal interaction methods. In this paper, the authors aim to present a new construct (i.e. collective intelligence ratio (CIR)) which refers to a numeric indicator representing the degree of intelligence of a team in which each team member demonstrates an individual intelligence ratio (IR) specific to a team goal. Design/methodology/approach – The authors analyzed multimodal team interaction data linked to communicative intents with a Poisson-hierarchical generalized linear model (HGLM). Findings – The study found evidence of a distinctive IR for each team member in selecting a communicative method for a certain task, ultimately leading to varying degrees of team CIR. Research limitations/implications – The authors limited the type and nature of human intelligence observed with a very short list of categories. Also, the data were evaluated by only one subject matter expert, leading to reliability issues. Therefore, generalization should be limited to situations in which teams, with pre-specified team goals and tasks, are collaborating in multimodal interaction environments. Practical implications – This study presents potential ways to directly or indirectly optimize team performance by identifying and incorporating IRs and CIRs in team composition strategies. Originality/value – In the literature of team cognition and performance, the authors offer a new insight on team schema by suggesting a new task-expertise-person (TEP) unit integrating information on who uses what communicative methods to best tackle on what cognitive task (i.e. optimum cognition with least cognitive burden). Individual and collective intelligence ratios should be considered as new extensions to conventional transactive memory systems in multimodal team interaction scenarios.

Lighting the route to success: Efficient team implementation processes with the team managerial coping flowchart : Table of Contents

Team Performance Management >> 
Purpose – This paper aims to provide team-leaders and project managers with a practical and easily-applicable managerial tool for coping with the large number of obstacles that may stand in the way to obtaining effective, efficient and altogether successful results, in overall management processes of projects and decisions within teams. Design/methodology/approach – Relying on two previously published managerial tools, the “revised decision square model” and the “capi” model, this paper proceeds to present an integrated model, the team managerial coping flowchart, for the successful handling of team assignments and projects, towards the management of effective and efficient team decision making and implementation processes over time. Findings – The paper relies on testimonies of managers who have adopted the proposed strategy for their every-day use. Practical implications – The model offers a practical step-by-step set of guidelines, to lead managers towards a relatively high level of control in the management of effective and efficient team decision making and implementation processes, ensuring their route toward successful achievements. Originality/value – Limited attention has been given in the literature to the studying of practical and applicable managerial techniques to successful decision-implementation in teams. The paper focuses on this neglected domain, proposing a solution in the form of an integrative strategy.

Performance patterns in face-to-face and computer-supported teams : Table of Contents

Team Performance Management >> 
Purpose – This paper presents a longitudinal experimental study on teams with the purpose of investigating the impact of communication media on decision-making teams. The authors aims to achieve that by comparing face-to-face (FTF) and computer-supported (CS) teams over a series of three sessions on three response variables: performance, cohesiveness, and synergy. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 24 teams, each of five students, participated in three separate decision-making sessions in which they solved a survival simulation scenario. Each team was randomly assigned to either face-to-face (FTF) or computer-supported (CS) communication condition. The analysis compared overall means and mean patterns over time on the three response variables across the two communication media. Findings – Results suggest that there were no differences in overall performance between CS and FTF teams and no differences in performance changes over time between the two media; there were no overall differences in overall synergy or synergy changes over time; and FTF teams reported higher average cohesiveness than CS teams, but cohesiveness improved at a faster rate in CS teams than in FTF teams. Overall these results suggest that the CS communication did not reduce the group's ability to work together. Moreover, the higher increase in cohesiveness reported by CS teams suggests that the ability to build relationships can increase over time. Practical implications – Given the prominence of information technologies as a communication mechanism, the question of how team members in remote locations perform over time is of great theoretical and practical importance. Originality/value – This study provides some preliminary evidence that computer communication does not significantly reduce the group's ability to perform over time for decision-making tasks. CS teams report lower overall levels of cohesiveness which could indicate that some communication barriers might still limit the group's ability to build relationships.

Virtual team collaboration and innovation in organizations : Table of Contents

Team Performance Management >> 
Purpose – Virtual teams, understood as teams with geographically dispersed members communicating primarily by use of information and communication technologies (ICT), have become a viable form for work in innovation projects involving one or several organizations. Knowledge development and creation of a shared understanding among team members are often stressed as fundamental to successful innovation processes. This paper aims to address how use of ICT in team collaboration impacts on the creation of a shared understanding and knowledge development within the teams, and how these factors are important for organizations' innovation capabilities. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a review of the literature, the paper discusses how modern ICT may impact on the organization of innovative activities and organizations' innovation capabilities. Findings – Several important factors related to the use of ICT in teams working on innovation projects are highlighted. A conceptual model and directions for future research based on a literature review are proposed. Practical implications – Based on the discussion, a conceptual model is presented which highlights the need for well-functioning computer-mediated team interaction in order to realize the innovation potential of organizations. Originality/value – The paper emphasizes the reciprocal significance of knowledge access and knowledge exploitation for organizations' innovation capabilities, and discusses how ICT impacts on both aspects.

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