Condition monitoring can provide valuable information to help you set effective maintenance and repair plans for your electric power products and facility. Analyzing data from a combination of condition monitoring "elements" — such as simple inspections and regular fluid analysis to careful tracking of electronic product data and analyzing product history reports — helps to accurately assess the overall health and operating condition of any product in an electric power application. These simple guidelines can help you maximize the benefits of condition monitoring.
By conducting site condition assessments, you can identify potential risks to the product's long-term health, including operation and maintenance practices, local site conditions and overall climate/seasonal conditions.
Don't underestimate the importance of conducting thorough inspections, followed by a detailed analysis of the inspection. Inspections are an easy and effective way to help you identify potential product health issues before they become problems.
Fluid analysis gives you detailed information about oil and coolant conditions, component wear, and more. But don't forget about checking your diesel fuel. Fuel quality is equally important, if not more important, than oil and coolant quality in ensuring long-term operating stability.
Electronic data collected from "smart" technologies, such as wirelessly transmitted devices and manually downloaded product information, can help you assess many operating conditions and any faults within your electric power system.
Product history includes all the service reports and recommendations for maintenance, inspections and repairs. Reviewing this data periodically can help you identify long-term performance trends that can help you enhance your maintenance practices.
What aspects of your power system are you currently monitoring? Do you focus primarily on genset(s) condition monitoring, or do you monitor your entire electric power system? How do you integrate your facility into condition monitoring?
How do you manage all of the data?
Has condition monitoring created any challenges for you? Or has it proven useful in predicting and preventing maintenance issues?
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