Clients often ask what to look for in a Condition Monitoring service and here at CLENG this is one of the most popular services offered, so I thought it would be helpful to outline the main things to consider in this area.
One of the first elements to consider with any Condition Monitoring service is whether a holistic approach is being utilised. This should encompass multiple technologies including Vibration Analysis, Ultra-sound, Thermographic and oil Analysis.
At CLENG, another important consideration is working with a reliability-focused programme that doesn’t just generate a report when a failure is imminent, but which takes a more prescriptive outlook to prevent down-time.
This approach identifies the core issues, and helps work on process and/or design changes that can stop a potential issue before damage is caused. I’ve written an article highlighting how to turn a Condition Monitoring service into a prescriptive maintenance programme – find out more here.
I also insist that any Condition Monitoring programme should include focus on staff engagement: at CLENG, at the start of a new programme, I provide workshops to give a baseline education on Condition Monitoring and Vibration Analysis so that staff can see and understand the benefits. This also allows the engineers to deploy the programme more effectively in future.
I also provide a CLENG Asset Management (CAM) online reporting portal, which gives data access in different formats, plus a communication feedback loop, to ensure that all actions are identified and actioned for a client.
Finally, a Condition Monitoring service should also offer regular site ‘reliability’ meetings to review data, and discuss recommendations. This is to measure the effectiveness of the programme and to assist with labour allocation and Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) studies.
I recently wrote a Blog post outlining the future of condition monitoring – to find out more, please visit here.
To review the full range of Condition Monitoring articles I’ve written, please visit here.
If you’d like to find out more about how our Condition Monitoring service, please get in touch here and mention this Blog post.