Preparing bitumen froth for upgrading requires removing clays and other solids along with entrained air.
One process for completing this is through the use of centrifuges. This equipment can experience extreme loading, bowl erosion, and other degradation which effects centrifuge balance, bearings, and drivetrain. Unplanned failures can result in huge production losses as well as safety concerns. Only protecting these assets per API does not address reliability issues for the complete asset lifecycle or provide information for a thorough failure analysis. Periodic condition monitoring solutions often miss shutdown failures leaving reliability groups with no insights into failure modes.