November 2015

Process Control/Instrumentation

Use a commercial process historian for full-featured machinery condition monitoring

Can a commercial process historian be used to replace standalone condition monitoring software, including acquisition and display of high-speed vibration and surge waveform data?

Sabin, S., Compressor Control Corp., SETPOINT Vibration Div.

Can a commercial process historian be used to replace standalone condition monitoring software, including acquisition and display of high-speed vibration and surge waveform data? Historically, the answer has been, “No.” Today, however, a very different story is unfolding. A brief history Permanent vibration monitoring systems have been in use since at least the 1960s. When American Petroleum Institute (API) published the first edition of API Standard 670 in 1976, it helped push such systems from the pioneering few into the mainstream. It is now standard engineering practice to include such systems on all critical turbomachinery, almost without exception, in not just hydrocarbon processing

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