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Watchkeeping

Watchkeeping

Process monitoring also known as ‘watchkeeping’ is a less well-known condition monitoring technique, although it is now been captured under the banner of ‘Big Data’ and Industry 4.0 where the readings are being captured automatically electronically. It can be applied to rotating and reciprocating machinery such as motors, pumps, compressors, and turbines, as well as stationary items such as boilers and heat exchangers. Measurements are required of physical quantities: current, temperature, pressure, flow, speed, displacement, according to the plant item. If plant operators use ‘data loggers’ rather than paper and clip boards to capture all the valuable information that is on display around the plant as they perform their inspection rounds, including visual assessments, it is possible to add this data to the rest of the Condition Monitoring data to improve even further the effectiveness of the program. This simple data analysis can help highlight deteriorating process efficiencies such as with Heat Exchangers, Air Compressors etc.

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