Not too long ago the equipment you needed to monitor all of your assets was expensive and difficult to operate, especially from one location. As technology has advanced, all of that has changed to encompass your most important assets from onsite to remote. The cost to operate the monitoring equipment has also gone down, as well as the know-how needed to understand it. While each plant is different, many strategies to optimize condition monitoring are available to optimize each plants’ operations through timely and accurate data.
What is Condition Monitoring?
In short, condition monitoring is the practice of constantly monitoring your assets in order to determine slowdowns or even failures. The data provided by condition monitoring allows you to detect abnormalities in equipment performance. Therefore, you are able to repair any issues, perform any needed maintenance, and avoid catastrophic failures. But only the right condition monitoring equipment and configurations can help you do this.
Cost Effective Condition Monitoring
One of the main reasons plants hesitate investing in condition monitoring was the initial cost. Specifically, the costs of running wiring to sensors to monitoring equipment was extremely high in both price tag and possible down time. Fortunately, the field has expanded to include wireless sensors that operate similar to Bluetooth. They are easier to install and have made condition monitoring more inexpensive and efficient than ever. Wireless sensors may be easily integrated into a control system and combined with modern software. Best of all, many of these sensors can be installed by your workforce, as well as operated under all sorts of conditions.
Condition Monitoring Must Haves
Each operation is different. However, there are many data points in which your condition monitoring should regularly provide data.
We also like to recommend electrical analysis for most, if not all, operations. First of all, electrical analysis allows you to see which assets consume the most power, how much, and of course, if they are consuming too much. This data can help you save big just on energy efficient strategies alone. However, electrical analysis is also essential for safety. Many plant fires are electrical and advanced analysis can provide actionable data including megohmmeter data, insulation tests, analysis of current and voltage, battery testing, surge testing, and others.
Houston Dynamic Supply Assistance with Condition Monitoring
Is your condition monitoring sending you data that concerns you? We at HDS are experts in testing and servicing all sorts of rotating equipment from centrifuges to compressors to gear boxes and more. We can accurately diagnose your assets and provide precision machining, disassembly, and much more to get your assets back in good working condition.