How to Maximize Asset Production with Wireless Vibration Monitoring
One of the most effective ways to manage industrial manufacturing production problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place.
In the competitive Industry 4.0 global market, wireless vibration monitoring technology can be the edge industrial manufacturers need to minimize production downtime, outperform the competition and build a market-leading share. Wireless vibration monitoring systems, such as Wi-care™ 100 series, gather performance data to predict when industrial assets will fail before the production process comes to a halt.
If you’re ready to install sensors on your industrial assets, use cellular connectivity to link them and tackle industrial downtime head-on, this post will guide you through a proven five-phase implementation process specific to wireless vibration monitoring.
However, if your industrial organization has stalled in the planning stages, check out our recent post, Start at the End: Choose Analytics Before Implementing Vibration Monitoring. This article will explain the two critical decisions you need to make before implementation begins.
How to Implement Wireless Monitoring
The five-phase implementation process encompasses the following key activities:
- Discovery entails matching your analytics priorities to wireless monitoring solutions’ capabilities to determine which solution will be most useful to your industrial organization.
- Pre-installation activity incorporates creating a master equipment list; network mapping; power routing (if needed); review and comparison of equipment specifics (LOTO, safety, accessibility, and mounting); parts delivery; delivery confirmation; sensor labelling (if needed); and sensor assignment to assets. (Note: Database creation can happen during Pre-installation or Installation.)
- Installation focuses on mounting sensors on the assigned assets and beginning to troubleshoot the total solution.
- Post-Installation concentrates on finalizing the database, setting data collection intervals, beginning to collect data and defining acceptable/non-acceptable thresholds.
- Operation involves total solution analysis including a review of software, dashboards and KPIs; status updates with site champions; creation of a critical equipment list; and implementation of an alarm management system.
Gaining the predictive and prescriptive advantages that come from implementing a wireless vibration monitoring solution can be a daunting effort but it doesn’t have to be. We have implemented these solutions globally and today our Wi-care solutions are monitoring more than 4.3 million industrial assets. We can answer any questions about implementation you may have.
Want to learn more? Contact us today and we’ll walk you through the activities and tasks associated with each implementation phase. We’ll even share the potential pitfalls you may encounter along the way and offer some workaround navigation that can help streamline the implementation process.