Condition Monitoring Techniques & Outcome
Condition Monitoring, an often misreported term, is a valid Maintenance Strategy naturally applied to high value or serious equipment. Typical techniques commonly utilized are Vibration Analysis, Oil analysis and thermography the big question is, when Condition Monitoring should be used and which technique will give the best return for effort.
This component is an in depth review of currently employed techniques and examines the logic behind the application of each technique.
The review typically follows these steps
- Determine which techniques are used currently,
- List equipment in the program,
- Establish equipment criticality,
- Establish overall business objectives
- Determine which other prevent maintenance techniques are in use
- Select a technique(s) that meet the business objective
- Implement the change to the existing program.
This is very simple practice but amazingly many Condition Monitoring programs are never studied to establish their continued significance to the organization. This can sometimes lead to overspending and in the worst case the program becomes outdated.