Best Practices for Condition Monitoring Programs
Condition Monitoring programs provide meaningful information that helps you reduce risk, lower failure rates, anticipate issues and keep your operations running smoothly. Consider following a few simple guidelines while building your condition monitoring program to take the first steps toward improving your methods for diagnosing transformer health.
Set Your Goal
Setting a goal for what you expect your condition monitoring program to accomplish is essential to your program’s success. Whether it be in-service failure prevention, life extension or maintenance deferral, have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. This will help you determine what you’re trying to accomplish with your condition monitoring program.
Define Your Parameters
Next, you should define the parameters of your program. Clearly identify what you will measure. For example, is your program targeted toward condition monitoring for a known failure mode – or general assurance of asset condition? Choose a system that is proven to address your parameters, so you can meet the goals you’ve set for your program.
When you receive data, be sure the information is going to the appropriate people in your department or organization. Maintain clear communication and ensure colleagues have been prepared on how to read and respond to alerts and data.
To prevent any miscommunication, plan responses ahead of time. With a plan of action already in place, your team will know what to do, be aware of their roles and will be able to respond in an appropriate and timely manner.
What’s your next step? Learn more by downloading our white paper on planning for condition monitoring.