Tuesday 7 September 2010

Predictive diagnostics in remote applications

Reduced footprint and fewer channels make monitoring possible for space-constrained and skid mount applications

Emerson Process Management has a a new, physically smaller version of the CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor to allow predictive condition monitoring for rotating equipment in a greater number of applications. This smaller version is more versatile for installation in remote or skid mount applications, while still delivering the same innovative capabilities for improving availability and reliability of critical equipment. With this solution, critical machinery health monitoring does not have to be sacrificed because even the most remote machines are cost-effectively included in the overall picture of machinery health. As in the full-sized chassis option, prediction capabilities in the smaller unit can be delivered as a standalone solution, integrated with both the DeltaV and Ovation digital automation systems in the PlantWeb digital plant architecture, or interfaced to third-party hosts.

In applications such as cooling towers, excavators or dumper trucks, cranes, conveyors, or wind turbines, critical equipment is often allowed to “run to failure” because the machines are in unsafe or hard-to-reach locations. Because the equipment only requires a small number of monitoring channels, applying a full-sized continuous monitoring system can be cost-prohibitive.

The smaller version of the CSI 6500 is only 19cm wide by 27cm (6U) high, making it more practical in these remote monitoring situations. With either 12- or 24-channel count configurations, the CSI 6500 can be designed to provide only as many channels as the application requires.

As with the full-sized monitors, state-based triggered acquisition versus round robin data collection is utilised, so monitoring is tailored to process conditions or machine states rather than collecting generic vibration data. Smart communication handling includes 32Mb of onboard memory to handle the unique challenges of remote applications such as intermittent network connections. Trends and machinery health information are delivered to AMS Suite: Machinery Health Manager predictive maintenance software for advanced analysis and documentation.

"By expanding the chassis options for the CSI 6500, we can deliver advanced predictive intelligence for critical assets that are too often left unmonitored," said Brian Humes, vice president and general manager of Emerson’s Machinery Health Management business. "Allowing equipment to run-to-failure exposes a site to significant economic impact because developing problems go undetected. Emerson’s solution, delivered through the PlantWeb digital architecture, identifies potential problems so facilities can improve machinery performance and equipment life.”

As with the full-sized CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor, Emerson's experts are available to ensure proper design and execution during implementation.

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