August 2005

Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Combine troubleshooting and continuous monitoring of dynamic data for critical machinery

Advanced systems provide more data and increase reliability

Atkins, K. E., Engineering Dynamics Inc.

In their quest for improved availability and reliability, many operating companies are opting for continuous monitoring of key machinery assets. The ability to optimize the manpower needed to monitor critical process machinery is also an important consideration. Appropriate online systems can accomplish these needs. Unmanned stations are now common on many pipeline systems. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems or distributed control system (DCS) networks allow operators to monitor and control machinery remotely. It is common to use dial-up or cellular telephones, local- or wide-area networks (LAN, WAN), or virtual private networking (VPN) via the Internet.

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