Improving plant production with wireless condition monitoring
Mechanical failure of motors, drives and other vital electromechanical equipment is among the most common reasons for production stoppage. Fortunately, recent advancements in vibration monitoring and data analysis have led to condition monitoring systems that can accurately detect a problem before failure, thus reducing costly machine shutdowns and maximizing production output. These systems are installed on the monitored equipment and are typically networked back to a central computer for data analysis and alarm annunciation. Because the machines may be in remote locations where network infrastructure is not available, or on moving platforms where hardwired network connectivity is not practical, wireless communications is a networking alternative that offers installation cost savings, quicker deployment and even improved reliability in certain situations.