For better or worse, our machines can’t speak to us in plain English. A cooling tower can’t complain about rising temperatures. A centrifugal pump can’t alert us to wobble. But if our machines could speak, if they could tell us about balance or power delivery, it might save us the money and headaches of work stoppages or emergency repairs.
After years of working with our heavy machinery, we may start to understand it like we would an old family dog. But we can’t monitor machinery 24/7/365. Unlike our machines, we’re just humans, after all.
Thankfully, there’s another way to monitor performance and increase efficiency: condition monitoring.
Condition Monitoring Explained – What It Monitors, How It Helps, & Why You Need it in Dallas-Fort Worth
Since 1995, Cornerstone Mechanical Services, Inc., has helped countless organizations keep their machines up and running strong. From paint manufacturers to food processing and water treatment plants, our preventative maintenance services save the day.
What is Condition Monitoring?
Just as with your car or your own health, consistency is generally a sign of fitness. When machines run more or less the same, day in and day out, their output and their functionality stay predictable.
Drastic or unexpected changes in machine performance could be an early warning sign. A failing component, loose foot, broken regulator, or clogged dust collector could put your quarterly revenue and expensive machine in jeopardy.
Condition monitoring relies on up-to-date reports covering dozens of crucial metrics to prevent failures and maximize predictability.
How Does Condition Monitoring Work?
At Cornerstone Mechanical, we’ve partnered with Erbessd Instruments to deliver value-added, cost-effective heavy machine maintenance. As a leading innovator in the field of condition monitoring systems, Erbessd is unsurpassed.
Erbessd wireless sensors can measure vibration every 30 seconds and take up to 65,000 additional measurements per battery charge. Designed to be durable for permanent installation (but easily moved and replaced), Erbessd sensors withstand high temperatures, low temperatures, wet environments, brutal vibrations, and so much more.
To start, you’ll simply set the safe operating parameters governing any measurements you’d like to take. After that, the Erbessd monitor is positioned tactically on your machinery.
Your Erbessd monitor will send out an alarm through the cloud once machine operations exceed safe limits. That way, no matter where you are, you’ll know how your machine is operating at any given moment.
What Can Condition Monitoring Measure?
Erbessd wireless condition monitoring sensors are capable of measuring nearly every aspect of machine behavior. While far from the full list, the measurement highlights include:
- Speed (or RPMs)
- Electrical current
- Lubricant analysis
- Acoustic analysis
- So much more
Every measurement is fully customizable to match your machine’s peak operating parameters. Simply input the acceptable range and the Erbessd sensor will let you know the moment limits are exceeded. It’s as simple as that.
What Kind of Machines Benefit from Condition Monitoring?
It would be easier to identify the machines that don’t benefit from condition monitoring. Any heavy machine that spins, pumps, pulls, blows, or cools can benefit mightily.
That said, condition monitoring is certainly ideal for:
- Centrifugal pumps
- Centrifugal blowers
- Exhaust fans
- Dust collectors
- Cooling towers
- Make-up air units
- Electric motors
Rotating equipment of nearly any kind is an ideal candidate for an Erbessd wireless condition monitoring system.
What Industries Need Condition Monitoring?
In short, any industry that relies on rotating equipment needs condition monitoring. Heavy, daily usage is bound to create wobble, reduce lubrication, and increase temperatures.
Ideal industries for condition monitoring include:
- Aviation & Aeronautics Facilities
- Roofing Mat & Shingle Plants
- Paint Manufacturers
- Food Processing Plants
- Water Treatment Plants
Get Started With Condition Monitoring in Dallas-Fort Worth
At the end of the day, no machine benefits from an air of mystery. The more detail we have on machine performance—especially centrifugal machinery—the better we are at preventing expensive repairs and work stoppages. Whoever said, “ignorance is bliss,” didn’t have quarterly production goals or expensive equipment to safeguard.
At Cornerstone Mechanical, we bring nearly three decades of excellence to every job we do. Whether it’s preventative maintenance, dynamic balancing, laser alignment, or condition monitoring, we use the latest tech and years of experience when we’re called to keep you up and running.
Understand Your Machines Every Hour of the Day with Condition Monitoring
Worried about wobble? Spiking temperatures? Lubricant? With condition monitoring from Cornerstone Mechanical in Dallas-Fort Worth, you won’t have to wonder how your machine is running. With cloud connectivity, durable builds, and impressive battery life, Erbessd wireless sensors keep you in the know—wherever you happen to be in the world. Get started today by calling (214) 570-9498.