SPM Instrument is a supplier of condition monitoring equipment to chemical industries all over the world. Condition monitoring has become a natural and vital part of operations, e.g. in companies employing Six Sigma to systematically improve process variations.

Chemical industries are normally sensitive to production stoppages. Due to long production chains in the lines, breakdowns have a major negative impact. Also, because special purpose machines are used in production, spare part delivery times tend to be long.

The chemical industries are divided in several sectors and each sector has its unique demands on the condition monitoring equipment and installation. Companies working with biotechnology have tough requirements regarding clean air. If an air system fan breaks down, all production in the area is wasted and the company suffers significant economical loss.

A common factor for all sectors is the existence of Ex classified production areas, where safety is very important. Any equipment used in Ex environment must be certified by ATEX or similar organisations.

Typical applications in chemical industries are electric motors and pumps, large extruder gearboxes and ventilation fans. The technical solution is online measurements and evaluation of trends with SPM Spectrum and applying the Shock Pulse Method for monitoring bearing condition. On slowly rotating machinery, the SPM HD® measuring technique can be used with benefit. SPM HD uses RPM based sampling frequency and algorithmic correlation techniques to ensure the highest possible signal quality and razor sharp spectrums for analysis.

SPM offers every piece of hardware and software equipment needed for an efficient condition monitoring solution, from the point of data collection all the way through to evaluated measurement data. Our measuring techniques for bearing and vibration monitoring are efficient and well-proven.

Polyolefin producer Basell has recently implemented SPM measuring equipment in a number of plants in Europe and Asia. Other multinational companies in the industry using SPM equipment and measuring techniques are Procter & Gamble, Astra Zeneza, Lukoil, Kinef, DuPont, Glaxo, Gazprom and DOW Chemicals. Manufacturers of production equipment for the chemical industries are also among our customers, such as Werner & Pfleiderer, Japan Steel Works and Kobelco.