Tommy Glesnes, condition monitoring director

With a career at Karsten Moholt spanning almost 25 years, condition monitoring director Tommy Glesnes uses his workday to think about how the company’s technical expertise should evolve

It was predestined that Tommy Glesnes should
work at Karsten Moholt. Karsten Moholt first recruited him in 1990 thanks to a life-long interest in maintenance. “I grew up watching my dad in
the workshops and decided early on to become an electrician. In 1990 I started as a coil-winder, electrical technician apprentice,” says Tommy. “After my military service I worked as a field engineer and did maintenance and repairs on ships, rigs and platforms.

“In 1996, the owner of Karsten Moholt asked if I’d like to get into vibration measurements and analysis. It sounded interesting so the following year I received my training. The company benefits from an understanding of vibration analysis in our
daily business repairing rotating equipment
and has now introduced the analysis
on-site for customers.”

“One of our fi rst assignments was on a seismic boat operating off Africa, they suspected a problem with one of the propulsion thrusters. The chief engineer had little faith in us but we diagnosed the problem using vibration measurements. This success earned us work on six similar boats and saw the beginning of the Condition Monitoring department, which
currently counts 30 employees.”


“Our team assembles the systems, collects
measurements and analyses them. Currently, we have 1,000 measurement points that are constantly monitored online, with a further 10,000 measurement points that are read manually at timed intervals. Our work is important, the
analysis allows us to determine where machine wear is occurring, thus enabling us to detect any upcoming failures and to schedule maintenance before it’s too late,” says Tommy.



Tommy started Karsten Moholt's Condition Monitoring department in 1997.


Tommy is authorized by Mobius Institute to hold standard ISO18436-2, Category I- III courses in vibration measurement and analysis.

The CM department was part of a pilot project in 2011 before being certifi ed by DNV for condition monitoring services later, making it the fi rst company in the world to hold a certifi cate. Tommy believes more companies should embrace CM-based maintenance programmes as a core philosophy. It makes sense, he says, to conduct maintenance on critical machinery as and when it’s needed – not before, and certainly not after. This belief has led him to become a course instructor through Mobius Institute and
he now arranges certifi ed vibration training courses.

“Condition-based maintenance will continue to evolve and should become a part of corporate culture. If an employee understands vibration analysis, they’re more motivated to take measurements and read the reports,” says Tommy.

Constantly improving

The near limitless possibilities to learn and evolve has been the main reason Tommy has worked for Karsten Moholt for more than 24 years. He says, “I’m a competitive person and compete with myself - there is always room for improvement. The goal is always to be better than last year. At work I get the opportunity to participate and develop our company every day.”

Condition monitoring is just one of the tools for more cost-effective maintenance across all electrical machines, and there are great opportunities to improve efficiency of maintenance programmes and increase uptime. The company is currently working to develop a maintenance concept that deals with more than just condition monitoring. It’s all about constant development.