When it comes to operating reciprocating machinery, proper condition monitoring is of the utmost importance. Due to the high levels of stress reciprocating machinery undergoes in daily operation and the extreme safety risks this machinery poses, it is important for any industry utilizing this equipment to have a holistic approach to daily operations. Whether it is in the oil and gas industry or another industrial application, reciprocating machinery will only work as well as the plan that is in place for ongoing maintenance and monitoring. In order to prevent catastrophic failures and costly shutdowns, be sure you know the following important components to the operation of this machinery.
The Proper Implementation Of Technology Is Paramount
The good news is that with the advances made in technology, condition monitoring has been taken to a whole new level. With the help of online monitoring systems, your team can constantly check up on exactly how each component of your machinery is currently performing. With IIoT devices, you can get real-time updates on conditions throughout the field. This data can also be accessed from anywhere, which means you are not limited to in-field analysis only.
If you are operating with outdated technology and you lack advanced condition monitoring, it is time to implement new technology. The good news is that products, such as the Windorck Spotlight, make it cost-effective to implement IIoT solutions.
Good Personnel Will Ensure Better Operation
Even the best technology will only serve you as well as the personnel who are responsible for monitoring it. Be sure that you hire the very best talent in the industry and that they are constantly up to date on the latest technology and techniques. Investing in high-level technology is only ideal if you pair this with personnel who utilize it. You need strong leaders in the field who will ensure that day-to-day requirements are met and that data is analyzed constantly.
Safety Has To Be An Ongoing Priority
As we mentioned above, one of the biggest risks involved with the operation of reciprocating machinery is the safety of personnel. Due to the nature of the operation of this machinery, there are a variety of risks at play. It is vital that your company has the proper safeguards in place, as well as the provision of safety training for anyone who will be around this machinery. As always, it is critical that you meet both internal and external (OSHA) standards.
Condition Monitoring Is A Money Saving Endeavor
Lastly, while cost management is always at top of mind, it is important to see the long-term picture when choosing whether or not to upgrade current monitoring technology. While investing in modern IIoT solutions might seem like a costly venture up front, improved condition monitoring can lead to extreme savings in the long run. If you can cut down on shutdowns and catastrophic failures of your reciprocating machinery, you can quickly make back any money invested in improved technology features. The good news is that technology is also becoming increasingly affordable. For example, our IIoT solutions at Windrock are affordable and can be installed efficiently, leading to time savings as well.
If you are interested in learning more about our affordable and powerful condition monitoring solutions, we invite you to reach out to our team today.