Condition Monitoring is a term that is established across all industries. However, what exactly lies behind it differs significantly. Depending on requirements and tasks, there are comprehensive and complex solutions as well as comparatively simple ones.
Condition Monitoring Systems (CMS) continuously evaluate and document data and sensor signals from machines or processes. The goal is to obtain an insight into the current machine or process condition through intelligent data processing and to detect incipient faults in good time, which ultimately increases service life and availability. Deviations from the normal state can be corrected at an early stage; if the condition is within the normal range, maintenance intervals can be optimized (Predictive Maintenance).
The key factors that determine reliability, informative value and efficiency are
- the use of the right input signals (e.g. selection, positioning of the sensor technology) and
- the subsequent data analysis and processing (especially of vibration data).
These are exactly our areas of expertise. Using this knowledge, it is often possible to set up an effective system with comparatively little effort.
In most cases, vibrations are undesirable in technology: As for machines, they impair their functionality, reduce the quality of the products manufactured with these machines, increase energy consumption or lead to permanent damage and thus ultimately to higher costs. This is why they are among the most important parameters to be recorded during condition monitoring.
1. Analysis of the actual state of the machine(e.g. by vibration measurement), the already existing infrastructure and the available operating and condition data with regard to the monitoring objective
2. Definition of a new or extension of an existing monitoring system including the definition of the parameters to be recorded, the evaluation and the assessment
3. Implementation in hardware and software
While some tasks – for example, making production more efficient or reliable and complying with occupational health and safety regulations – are similar for all machine types, there are also individual challenges in each industry. Over the past decades, in countless projects for manufacturers and operators of paper machines and machine tools, we have been able to build up valuable specialist knowledge in these industries: