The best way to monitor power generation plants
Power generation plants are vital, so many major industry leaders are turning to wireless sensors to ensure that they don’t face any unnecessary power cuts and that all major components remain stable. Steam turbines, gas turbines, generators – the list is endless, with each component equally as crucial as the next. Condition monitoring offers businesses and heavy machinery industries the unique opportunity to assess the viability of vital components without needing to schedule routine maintenance checks. This means you can now monitor the condition of your machinery while it stays operating, ensuring that downtime and unnecessary maintenance fees are a thing of the past.
In this blog, we’ll run through some of the tips and tricks when monitoring power generation plants, and how condition monitoring can help you overcome many of the traditional maintenance struggles and challenges.
Get the right condition monitoring system
Making sure you have the right equipment is the first vital step when monitoring any power generation plants or engines. The BluVib wireless machine condition sensor is unique in that it measures both vibration and temperature data, combining a powerful sensor, data collector, data analysis, and low power wireless communication – al available in a compact, self-contained unit.
The system is easily integrated with a software package and is supported by BlueTrend, which provides all the necessary functionality of an on-line monitoring system. This offers you the possibility to trend, turn on alerts and alarms, and analyse the performance as required. If anything, the software is just as important as the monitoring system, as it allows you to keep tabs on all the elements within your machinery in an unprecedented fashion.
This system monitors power generation plants effortlessly, without ever compromising on the quality or accuracy of readings, which is ideal for high-stakes environments or remote applications.
What are the operating conditions?
Understanding the variables that impact your measurements and readings are pivotal if you are going to monitor your power plant the right way. It’s crucial to keep in mind what the specific environmental factors are, as these can impact vibration and temperature data and must be factored into your overall analysis and interpretation.
For example, turbines that operate in harsh or unruly conditions may have to deal with tough weather conditions, rough winds, water damage, and much more. The humidity that this may cause could impact all sorts of variables, like the gearbox, bearings, and engine. As a result, it becomes crucial that this is monitored and that these environmental factors are also taken into consideration. The same is true with temperature and vibration monitoring. Each unique application must be assessed in the proper way; the beauty is that the BluVib system allows you to adjust for any and all possible variables that you may encounter.
Be aware of the eccentricities of your machinery
There’s only so much a condition monitoring machine will do. For it to function the way it needs to, you need to be aware of the eccentricities and unique nature of your machinery. A condition monitoring system doesn’t mean that things can’t go wrong; it just means that certain variable can be monitored and recorded in an organised and centralised manner. A condition monitoring unit will not compensate for your lack of understanding; instead, it enhances your ability to engage with your equipment and the components that make up the larger whole.
Contact us directly for more information regarding our condition monitoring equipment or for advice about specific applications.