An effective condition assessment program is necessarily developed in accordance with a structured, reliability-centered approach whereby the root-causes of downtime are identified followed by the development and qualification of data collection and condition assessment procedures designed to detect the lead up conditions to the downtime. Generally, the backbone of an effective condition assessment program for complex rotating equipment are technology based solutions which are appropriately selected, tailored, and systematically integrated into a total analysis program.
Common condition monitoring methods employed for critical rotating equipment include performance analysis, vibration analysis, fluids analysis, and debris analysis. Technologies that support the implementation of these methods range from products designed for use in the laboratory supporting periodic testing, to on-line devices that are permanently fitted to the equipment to deliver real-time up-to-the-minute information on the status of the equipment. For complex equipment and/or operations computer based systems are essential to integrate the data coming from these varied sources to generate accurate, reliable condition assessment and actionable information.