Remote Condition Monitoring

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A quick refresher. The definition of condition monitoring is the process of monitoring a parameter of condition in machinery (vibration, temperature etc.), in order to identify a significant change which is indicative of a developing fault. Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM) means using internet-based technology (sensors, platforms, etc.) to gather the data and relay the information to wherever it is needed.

Typically, remote condition monitoring means buying a sensor, connecting it to the manufacturer's associated web or app, then waiting for a report explaining the situation.

The senor is sold as the solution.

That's a mistake. A sensor is just a piece of equipment.

The sensor doesn't automatically provide recommendations based on experience and insight. The sensor won't advise changing a motor, or balancing a fan. It won't recommend changing a bearing or performing an alignment. That takes a professional.

HECO knows that sensors are a tool. Not a solution.

In fact, according to IHS Markit, Global Market Update, 2019 "46% of companies are trialing or have deployed IIoT projects. But almost half of those IIoT projects fail." That's because those companies are buying tools. Not solutions.

Solutions are part of the package

Instead of selling a platform or sensor (which could become outdated before you know it), HECO offers Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM) as a service. Here's what that means:

  • No hardware or sensor purchase required. The equipment is our responsibility. No risk to you.
  • You get sensors that make sense for your machines and criticality. They are our responsibility; we can't provide our services without them.
  • You're provided with alarm answering and acknowledgments.
  • You receive Monthly Analysis & Trending reports with review of data beyond alarms, plus any required recommendations or adjustments.
  • Due to unforeseen developments like Covid 19, even if people are nmot allowed in your plant,
    you are protected.

The difference with HECO RCM

On a standard 4-bearing machine with a monthly vibration route, you will get approximately 16 data points collected (vibration in 3 directions & temperature). With RCM from HECO, you can get 11,520 data points on the same equipment over the same timeframe!