High equipment availability and minimized unscheduled downtime is key in keeping your operations running profitably, safely, and reliably.
“Run to failure” has been a common maintenance practice for many years. Customer was operating their asset continuously until unplanned breakdown occurs, after that reactive maintenance is performed. Unplanned downtime results in the process stoppage while the reactive maintenance is performed. Need was to have maintenance activities planned to avoid any emergency and materials shortage to bring asset back into operation.
Condition monitoring is the key enabler for remote service support and helps in minimizing the risks during emergency situations. It is used to monitor the normal operating condition and specially to notice when the condition starts to decline for one reason or another. Digitalization enables new smart and secured ways to do condition monitoring of the different assets and helps to prevent unexpected downtime while optimizing the operation and maintenance of your assets. Leading digital service provider works in close collaboration with other technology and data security leaders to help accelerate condition monitoring of different assets. As your partner, they offer their extensive service and digital domain expertise to help you to stay ahead of the changes and keep your world turning while saving energy every day.
Condition Monitoring Through Applications
Plug and play digital solutions such as intelligent sensors and connected drives, securely collect data from your applications, providing deeper status insights and a true indication of the condition of your installed base. By collecting and analyzing information directly from your power train, cloud-based technologies are utilized to help you understand and predict any potential downtime, enabling the scheduling of maintenance services at a time that suits you. While the data is always at your disposal, the digital service provider works with you to provide help on how you analyze the data and define the steps for improving your operations.
Intelligent sensor converts traditional motors into smart, wirelessly connected devices. It is attached to the frame of the motor; no wiring or machining is needed. Using algorithms, based on manufacturer’s decades of motor expertise, intelligent sensor relays information about the motor’s operation and health via a Bluetooth-gateway or smartphone to a secure server.
Advanced algorithms analyze the data collected by the intelligent sensor and turn it into meaningful information users can act upon. This extends the lifetime of equipment; cuts maintenance costs and reduces or prevents unplanned downtime due to breakdowns.
Benefits of Condition Monitoring of Drives
Through Condition Monitoring of drives, customer can monitor the overall energy consumption in real time, they can also measure other key parameters like ambient humidity, temperature, pressure, current, power and fault events along with the option to see the lifetime condition of the main components in drives such as fans, semiconductors and capacitors. Automatic alerts feature helps customer to take corrective actions in earlier stage to avoid possible tripping. This helps customers to have a simple, easy-to-use approach for monitoring historical trends, control speed and start-stop operation and access drive information to support commissioning, servicing, and reporting.
As a result, maintenance can be planned according to actual needs rather than based on fixed schedules or unexpected breakdowns. In other words, maintenance becomes predictive rather than reactive. Condition monitoring makes it possible to automate maintenance planning, inspection, diagnostics and, in part, regular maintenance of the equipment. This helps in predicting any failure of the critical components in advance and enable the customer to make quick decisions.
In nutshell, condition monitoring helps to have high equipment availability, better maintenance planning and quick decision making which keeps your process running profitably, safely, and reliably.