Condition monitoring (colloquially, CM) is the process of monitoring a parameter of condition in machinery (vibration, temperature etc.), in order to identify a significant change which is indicative of a developing fault. It is a major component of predictive maintenance. The use of condition monitoring allows maintenance to be scheduled, or other actions to be taken to prevent consequential damages and avoid its consequences. Condition monitoring has a unique benefit in that conditions that would shorten normal lifespan can be addressed before they develop into a major failure.
Condition Monitoring Technology
The following list includes the main condition monitoring techniques applied in the industrial and transportation sectors:
Vibration analysis and diagnostics
Oil condition sensors
Motor condition monitoring and motor current signature analysis (MCSA)
Model-based voltage and current systems (MBVI systems)
Most CM technologies are being standardized by ISO and ASTM.
CM Personnel Certification
BRIPC/ISO18436 Scheme describes a system for the qualification and certification of personnel who perform condition monitoring in a variety of technologies and industrial applications, in compliance with ISO 18436-1 and ISO/IEC 17024. The General requirements and specifications for this programme are in full accordance with all technologies defined in ISO18436.