The energy sector must prioritise safety and efficiency to maintain profitability, especially as the industrial landscape constantly evolves. Consistent uptime is a critical aspect of safe systems that often goes unnoticed until issues arise, and systems break down. 

Why maintenance and monitoring matter

Maintaining high-quality systems is essential for the reliable and efficient operation of equipment, devices, and services. Inefficiency and lack of maintenance until a breakdown can harm systems and lead to disruptions, equipment damage, and increased maintenance costs.

Operational disruptions:

Frequent interruptions in operations can devastate companies. These disruptions can be particularly problematic in critical applications such as healthcare facilities, data centres, and manufacturing plants, where interrupted services can affect more than just the business. Mechanical issues often include:

  • Vibrations
  • Temperature changes (both processing and environmental)
  • Process pressures

Increased maintenance costs:

The cumulative effects of poor system output can increase equipment maintenance requirements. Continuous exposure to unnoticed issues can accelerate wear and tear, necessitating more frequent maintenance and shortening the lifespan of equipment.

To maintain good quality functionality, various utilities and industries employ measures that include devices and monitoring systems to detect and address in real-time any issues that may arise that reduce productivity and ensure consistent and stable business operations and output. Advancing technology has brought a solution that goes a long way to helping both older and brand-new systems reduce downtime and increase productivity.

Discover IoT devices

Smart gadgets and devices that continually monitor equipment operating conditions are the future of almost every industry. A smart meter, for example, removes the need for manual maintenance oversights by providing constant monitoring data. It also alerts when vibrations, pressure or temperature moves out of the programmed parameters. These are delivered to the maintenance teams, providing valuable information on current and potential future failures. Not only can tweaks and repairs be instigated to prevent issues before they occur, but the system’s efficiency is better understood.

In turn, this allows for the following:

  • Better maintenance planning: knowing where and when anomalies occur means multiple repairs and maintenance can be scheduled for shorter asset downtime
  • More accurate MTBF understanding: the returned data allows better calculation of possible equipment failure over time
  • Increased safety: the better maintained the asset, the safer it is for everyone
  • Reduced running costs: whatever the industry, efficient assets equal lower running costs

Automate in 2024 with Chesterton Connect

Smart monitors are a must-have maintenance support tool that ensures that all equipment processes run efficiently. Chesterton Connect is an advanced apparatus designed to monitor assets continually, capturing real-time data 24/7 and providing valuable information about pressure, processing temperatures, equipment vibration and surface temperature. 

All data and information are accessible via the user-friendly mobile app connected to multiple machine sensors, providing a comprehensive view of plant equipment and health, including equipment breakdown predictions. Chesterton Connect will help prevent unplanned downtime and asset failure while providing cloud-accessible data.

Discover Chesterton

Chesterton has 140 years of excellence in delivering industrial solutions. Contact our team for more information on how we can support your company and energy efficiency. 

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