Businesses rely on process units meeting or exceeding their operational plans. To ensure that operational plans are achieved, it is important that equipment operates as designed (i.e., delivers the required performance) and continues to operate in an optimum manner (i.e., remains reliable, in a good condition). The most common causes of missing operational plan targets are equipment failure, which results in unplanned downtime, and low quality or yields from production processes.
As a result, many sites have developed work processes to monitor the performance and condition of critical equipment, and software systems are often installed to support the monitoring work process. With this approach, specialist equipment solutions are installed at a site, for example a compressor vibration monitoring and protection system, but these systems may not be integrated to the broader process unit monitoring solution. Furthermore these focused solutions have several inherent challenges.