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Condition MonitoringMaximise Machine Productivity

How we look after machinery is very similar to how we look after ourselves. Just like in the human body, machines give off lots of signs as their condition and performance deteriorates. We all become the subject of condition monitoring when we go to the doctor for a health check. The recording of blood pressure, weight, lung capacity etc are all designed to keep our bodies healthy by spotting any problems early.

Similarly, by using various process parameters (e.g. pressure, temperature, vibration, flow) and material samples (e.g. oil) to monitor conditions in machines, we can measure equipment health, performance, integrity and strength to schedule timely corrective action.

Tools & techniques

At PCMS Engineering, we have the expertise and resources required to implement cost-effective condition monitoring programmes that help organisations of all sizes reduce downtime, increase machine productivity and eliminate repair costs caused by unexpected breakdowns.

The following techniques can be used solely or in combination as part of a condition based maintenance (CBM) strategy to monitor the performance of a machine or a component whilst in operation.

Generally, condition monitoring techniques are used on a variety of assets such as pumps, electric motors, internal combustion engines, gearboxes, fans, electrical control panels, compressed air and hydraulic systems etc.

Implementation & Approach

  • The first phase for implementing condition monitoring is to identify your critical assets by conducting an initial site survey. Our reliability experts will discuss your maintenance requirements, identify your valuable assets and pinpoint maintenance resources to where they are needed most.
  • The second phase is an initial set up. We will set up condition monitoring equipment, create a central and local database, assign local champions, provide full training and define the overall process.
  • The third phase is consolidation and base line set up. We will set up initial critical levels, define KPI’s, train engineers for analysis, reform critical levels to customer requirements and perform an immediate reliability benefit.
  • The fourth phase is ongoing monitoring. We will assign responsibility in operations and engineering, provide training and support in analysis to local champions, and develop and monitor a list of high risk assets.

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