Condition monitoring is the process of determining condition of equipment while in operation. Condition monitoring system monitors equipment degradation. Machine condition monitoring is important because it provides information about the health of the machine. You can use this information to detect warning signs early and help your organization stop unscheduled outages, optimize machine performance, and reduce repair time and maintenance costs. The use of condition of condition monitoring allows maintenance to be scheduled, or other actions to be taken to prevent failure and avoid its consequences. It not only helps plant personnel reduce the possibility of catastrophic failure, but also allows them to order parts in advance, schedule manpower, and plan other repairs during the downtime. Machine condition monitoring is the process of monitoring the condition of a machine with the intent to predict mechanical wear and failure. Vibration noise, and temperature measurements are often used as key indicators of the state of machines. Trends in the data provide health information about the machine and help detect machine faults early, which prevents early unexpected failure and costly repair
Vibration is a characteristics found in all rotating equipment’s. Machine Vibration is simply the back-and-forth movement of any machine or machine component, and is generally caused by repeating forces acting on the machine, loose machine parts or resonance. When vibration increases beyond normal levels, it may indicate normal wear or it may be showing the source of trouble and signal the need for further assessment to identify any underlying causes, or for immediate maintenance action to be taken. To determine this accurate vibration analysis is required. Vibration analysis is a process specially designed for troubleshooting mechanical problems and to quickly understand the root cause of the equipment conditions. Most commonly vibration analysis is used to detect faults in rotating equipment’s (Fans, motors, pumps, gear box, compressor, turbine etc.) such as misalignment, unbalance, rolling element bearing faults.
Thermal imaging cameras are a unique tool to determine when and where the maintenance is needed, for electrical and mechanical installations tend to get hot before they fail. By discovering these hot-spots with a thermal imaging camera, preventive action can be taken. This can avoid costly productions breakdown or even worse, fire. A thermal imaging camera is reliable non-contact instrument which is able to scan and visualize the temperature distribution of entire surface of machinery and electrical equipment quickly and accurately. Thermography program have contributed to substantial cost saving for our customers around the world.Thermal imaging cameras are the perfect tool for predicting failures because they make invisible visible. On a thermal image problems seem to jump right out at you.
Non Destructive Testing
Nondestructive testing is the process of inspecting, testing, or evaluating materials, components or assemblies for discontinuities, or difference in characteristics without destroying the serviceability of the part or system. In other words, when the test or inspection is completed the part can still be used. Today modern nondestructive tests are used in manufacturing, fabrication and in- service to insure product integrity and reliability to control manufacturing processes, low production cost and maintain a uniform quality level.
One of the most important keys to keeping machinery operating at optimal performance involves monitoring and analyzing lubricant oils for characteristics such as contamination, chemical content and viscosity. Lubricants are the life blood of oil wetted machinery. As an important element of predictive maintenance technologies, in-service oil analysis can provide trace information about machine wear condition, lubricant contamination as well as lubricant condition. The benefits of oil analysis includes avoiding oil mix up, contamination control, condition based maintenance and failure analysis.