A condition monitoring program plays a very important role in most industrial companies that have plant machinery.
These programs enable companies of all sizes to manage costs and extend the lifetime of plant machinery through on-going maintenance and monitoring the performance of machinery on a regular basis.
There are various different types of condition monitoring depending on the industry and application, this include-oil analysis, vibration monitoring, and acoustic emissions testing.
Condition monitoring programs play a big part in many industrial companies and form a large part of their budget, as the cost of maintenance is much more cost effective than have to replace expensive plant machinery.
For example, if a piece of equipment breaks down then a day's production may be lost due to unplanned maintenance and if the part that has broken down needs to be shipped in from somewhere else then it will much longer before the equipment is back up and running.
Another case for condition monitoring programs is that plant engineers get to understand the machinery more.
For example, through an oil analysis program, a plant operator gains an insight into how the mechanical parts of the device are performing and how they operate over time.
Through regular monitoring, engineers can make more informed decisions on when maintenance is required, rather than just carrying out maintenance on a regular basis and replacing parts which may not be broken.