Condition monitoring involves monitoring a set of parameters that define the condition of machinery or equipment with the objective of identifying significant changes that indicate a potential fault or inefficiency. Condition monitoring is frequently used by maintenance teams to monitor the actual condition of an asset and to extract information regarding actual wear and degradation. Devices such as vibration sensors or power monitors are used to obtain the data required to identify abnormalities.
The most common goals of condition monitoring systems include:
- Decreasing maintenance costs
- Moving teams to condition-based maintenance
- Saving costs on prematurely changed resources
- Improving downtime response
- Flagging inefficiencies