May 2001

Misc

Using wireless technology and the Internet for predictive maintenance

Recent developments in sensors and computational power enable more machines to be monitored inexpensively

Recent advances in sensor technology, along with computational power, the Internet and wireless communications, have enabled plant personnel to focus on analyzing machinery that can be effectively and inexpensively monitored with remote monitoring systems. Recently, industrial plants have established condition monitoring programs to determine the current condition, or health, of machines that are critical to production. Unfortunately, many of these "predictive maintenance" approaches to maintenance are really just labor-intensive data collection efforts, targeted to cover a large machinery population. With management trends such as "reengineering" and "downsizing" the availab

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