An excellent non-destructive method for measuring and monitoring temperatures in your plant and machinery is Infrared thermography. This technique helps you monitor operating temperatures to ensure optimal equipment running. It also alerts you to any issues that if left unaddressed could lead to major problems later down the line.
Ultrasonic monitoring enables engineers to accurately determine the location of a leak, electrical emission, or a particular sound in a machine that could indicate a problem. That’s because mechanical equipment and leakage produce a broad range of sound. These types of problems generate high-frequency short wave signals that tend to be directional and highly localised. These sounds can be separated from background noise to detect their precise origin. Ultrasound is a particularly sensitive condition monitoring technique because it picks up on subtle changes in sound that may indicate a problem with machinery before it is otherwise apparent.
Other techniques include oil analysis (where metal particles in oil or changes in oil viscosity may indicate machinery wear). For motors, there is motor condition analysis, which collects data on electric motor performance to indicate faults.
What these technologies have in common is that they all collect digital data and analyse it to predict future problems, enabling engineers to stop damage to machinery in its tracks.