Condition Monitoring White Papers and Technical Articles

Articles relating to Condition Monitoring as it relates to automation, process control, and instrumentation applications.

Improving Plant Production with Wireless Condition Monitoring

Mechanical failure of motors, drives and other vital electromechanical equipment are among the most common reasons for production stoppages. Fortunately, recent advancements in vibration monitoring and data analysis have lead to condition monitoring systems that can accurately detect a problem before failure, thus reducing costly machine shutdowns and maximizing production output. Read Full Article...

Where Did All the People Go? The New Case for Condition Monitoring

Not so long ago the main reason companies monitored equipment condition was to reduce direct maintenance expenses. Condition Monitoring (CM) and its logical extension, Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM), served them well by identifying impending failures early enough to avoid costly repairs and reducing downtime by only performing maintenance when required. Today, successful companies gain strategic advantage by leveraging scarce human resources on value adding activities that enhance equipment reliability in order to maximize production. Read complete article written by Michael Currie of Matrikon, Inc.

Intelligent Sensors Enable Companies to Start a Predictive Maintenance Program Without Expert Vibration Knowledge

Historically, expert knowledge of vibration analysis was required to start and maintain a vibration-based predictive maintenance program. This white paper describes how using intelligent sensors can alleviate the need for vibration experts. Read full article...

Monitoring Cooling Towers

Over the years there has been no shortage of recommendations for monitoring cooling towers. If you ask four people you can get as many as half a dozen suggestions. More Info...

Continuous Monitoring for Reciprocating Compressors

Traditional compressor monitoring has focused on velocity vibration and rod drop. Hardy provides two additional measurement techniques, Impact and Triangulated Rod Drop, that were developed especially for reciprocating compressors. More Info...

Measurement Techniques for Reciprocating Compressors

Using standard vibration measurement methods on reciprocating machinery, to determine its running condition, has demonstrated itself to be unreliable! More Info...

Machinery Vibration and Your PLC

Monitoring the running condition of plant machinery is, without a doubt, important. Most of the efforts to move away from Preventive Maintenance (time-based maintenance) to Predictive Maintenance (also called condition-based maintenance) have come in the last 15 years, particularly in large industrial plants. More Info...

Strobe Light Applications for Machinery Problem Solving

Strobe lights (or stroboscopes) have been used to study the behavior of rotating machinery, oscillating vibration of components or structures and for balancing for a number of years. Functionally, strobe lights can be very different. More Info...

Power Plant Primer Vibration Monitoring

A typical power plant will usually have 5 or 6 power generators of several sizes. It might have 2 larger capacity units, 2 or 3 medium capacity units, and 1 or 2 "peaking units" that have a small generating capacity each. More Info...