Why Condition Monitoring:
The Condition Monitoring discipline involves monitoring an asset to identify any significant change in that asset or its components (for example heat, noise, vibration) which signals a potential defect that may impact that assets remaining useful life. The goal of Condition Monitoring is to fully understand the actual condition of all critical assets, and advise on maintenance/ correctional work prior to the potential loss of equipment function
- Personnel that carry out condition monitoring inspections are often exposed to the same hazards as operators and maintainers. They work close to critical assets both in operational and offline state, and without following the appropriate safety process and putting adequate controls in place, the risk of serious injury or a fatality is real.
Savings – Direct and Indirect:
- When companies improve reliability, safety is improved. This is by reducing the number of maintenance tasks and emergency work, resulting in less exposure time.
- Assets that fail cost more to repair than assets managed via a Condition Based Maintenance program.
- There are many other opportunities to reduce costs, but they all rely on improving reliability and performing maintenance based on the condition of the asset (Condition Monitoring), that leads to a defect elimination program.
Mitigating the Risk of Asset Failure:
- Condition Monitoring tasks drive and support the overall asset maintenance strategy
- How and when we carry out the maintenance tasks can have a big impact on the assets efficiency and associated costs
- The goal is to operate in a predictive to proactive mindset where potential issues are identified prior to asset failure as opposed to once breakdowns have occurred