For any industries heavily reliant on power or machinery, unexpected failures and machine downtime is just about the worst thing that can happen. All production must be halted while the problem is fixed, causing huge delays, disturbing carefully planned schedules, and potentially causing safety and environmental concerns.
As experts in the field of machine-based monitoring, we can attest to the fact that unexpected machine downtime can only be eradicated by using sophisticated condition monitoring equipment. We’ll take you through the key ways that condition monitoring and complex wireless sensors can help stabilise unruly equipment and prevent catastrophic failures.
Avoiding the unexpected
This all raises one key question: how do you avoid something you can’t predict? Well, in the past, problems would still occur despite planned maintenance that was completed on a scheduled basis, with electrical substation equipment often being replaced at set intervals. Not only was it still difficult to root out operational inefficiencies and prevent machinery from failing, but it didn’t take into account the various, and often unpredictable, real-time events that can accelerate wear and tear. When all these potential factors are considered, it becomes nigh on impossible to prevent machinery inefficiencies or failures.
A proactive approach to maintenance
Instead of adopting a reactive approach to maintenance and putting out fires where they arise, we recommend using the latest technology to predict eventual issues and fix them before they arise. Not only will this proactive approach allow you to have some sort of control over environmental and climate factors, but it will also give your business the peace of mind it needs to keep operating smoothly.
Failures, even when they seem small and insignificant, can lead to widescale power outages, damaging other equipment in the process which can lead to a profoundly negative ripple effect. Not only does this affect production schedules, but it usually leads to increased spending on equipment and raises operational costs and insurance fees.
Condition monitoring provides the solution
Condition monitoring is one of the only ways that you can constantly monitor equipment. That way, you can liaise with any utility or repair companies once problems arise, giving you the time to make adjustments along the way. Furthermore, it provides a seamless integration with data analytics, allowing you to analyse and monitor equipment performance on a more granular level. Sensors, analytics, and data networks all combine to create a complex web of reliable systems that can reduce outages, extend the life of expensive equipment, and prevent costly damages.
The most important benefits of avoiding unexpected machine downtime include:
- Improvement of risk management
- Optimising a maintenance schedule
- Extending the life of the assets
- Accurate prediction of the end of life of an asset
- Improved assessments
Take action now
Condition monitoring can make your business and workflow more reliable, by taking out the unnecessary and costly periods of downtime that most large-scale manufacturers or engines are often faced with. Don’t take the risk with your business – contact Sensor-Works today to find out how our intelligent sensors can help your business take the next step.