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Kimberly Clark improves maintenance with portable vibration analyzer

Kimberly Clark improves maintenance with portable vibration analyzer

October 10, 2013 - Kimberly Clark’s Loudon, Tennessee, paper mill was one of the first plants to test-drive Emerson's CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer. After several weeks of using the new vibration analyzer, the plant reported faster completion of their normal maintenance routes, easier and quicker data analysis, and an overall more comfortable experience working with the unit in the field.

Emerson had multiple facilities like Kimberly Clark that generously invested their time and experience in the beta test process. Their real-world applications validate the results users will achieve with the analyzer. "It’s very quick, especially with slow speed equipment," said Dennis Keaton, maintenance mechanic at Kimberly Clark’s Loudon paper mill. "We run 1200 to 1300 points per week, so the speed of setting up and taking readings is very important."

An integrated analysis tool provides the complete picture of asset reliability. With the CSI 2140, vibration tools coexist with balancing, temperature, trends, and motor diagnostic tools. In addition, four-channel vibration analysis capabilities deliver insight into operating conditions in order to correctly diagnose complex machinery problems. Embedded intelligence guided Kimberly Clark technicians through testing and analytics. Even less experienced technicians could confidently monitor and diagnose equipment issues with minimal training.

In addition, the human-centered approach to the design of the CSI 2140 made an immediate impact. At Kimberly Clark, with approximately 8,400 measurements per month, the smaller size of the analyzer made routes more comfortable. Measurements in the dark areas of the mill were much easier with the brighter screen.

"Our users realize they need to continuously improve their reliability processes in order to remain competitive and profitable," said Nathan Pettus, vice president of Emerson’s Machinery Health Management business. "What has made them successful in the past may not be competitive today. Users like Kimberly Clark have applied integrated analysis to develop a clearer picture of equipment condition, translating into a strategic advantage in the market."

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb, Syncade, DeltaV, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Daniel, Ovation, Bettis and AMS Suite.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.  Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion.

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