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Online Condition Monitoring systems track machine vibration and other relevant machine condition parameters around the clock so you can trend and analyze data. Entire plant sections or only critical machines can be monitored with online systems to optimize plant availability. The Fluke Reliability solutions from Pruftechnik and Fluke below alert you to abnormal readings requiring action and help you extend asset life.

Condition Monitoring Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an Example of Condition Monitoring?

Condition monitoring uses sensors and hand-held devices to measure the “vital signs” of your equipment, or key indicators of equipment performance and health. For example, condition monitoring can be used to measure your machinery’s power usage, temperature, vibration frequency, and more. They alert you to machine faults early, so that you can make repairs and avoid unplanned downtime.

One of the most common forms of condition monitoring is vibration monitoring. This is because a change in vibration patterns is often one of the first indicators of equipment failure. In fact, vibration monitors can identify defects in your rotating machinery months before the faults turn into a serious problem.

However, there are many different types of condition monitoring tools in addition to vibration monitoring that can help you get ahead of maintenance problems. Power monitors, for example, are valuable condition monitoring tools for tracking the health of your electric devices. Power monitors measure changes in assets’ energy consumption. They also measure fluctuations in current, voltage, and frequency. Changes in these areas can point to safety issues that your maintenance teams need to address quickly. They can also indicate significant wear and tear on parts, meaning that you need to replace or repair a component.

Meanwhile, temperature monitors can alert you to unexpected changes in equipment temperature so you can quickly identify and resolve issues like equipment overheating.

Why is Condition Monitoring Important?

Condition monitoring is a key component of any predictive maintenance strategy. Condition monitoring helps reduce unplanned downtime by enabling you catch problems before they lead to failure. This further reduces maintenance costs and increases machine availability and productivity.

In the past, condition monitoring was expensive and was primarily used on large-scale equipment like HVACs. Today, however, the technology is affordable even the leanest budgets. With the costs saved by reduced maintenance and increased uptime, condition monitoring quickly pays for itself.

Condition monitoring is also turning into a necessity. Most operations have more complex equipment than in the past, all while facing increased competition and higher customer expectations. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to avoid any breakdowns that reduce productivity, or worse, delay production and erode customer confidence and loyalty. In contrast, operations with a robust condition monitoring program can not only get ahead of these issues, but also stay ahead of the competition.