Condition monitoring is a process of monitoring the functionality of machine parts like motors, pumps, and other components, testing for parameters like rotation angle, flatness, and vibration resistance. Condition monitoring equipment like laser shaft alignment tools, sound level meters, and vibration analyzers offer insights into machines that may prevent failures or identify flaws. This assessment assists technicians make educated decisions on a machine’s lifespan and operation capabilities. Condition monitoring is critical to performing preventative maintenance on expensive assets and equipment.
A common condition monitoring technique uses a laser shaft alignment tool to readjust the assembly equipment, such as line machines and DC motors. This process includes gathering data on everything from the straightness and flatness to the spindle alignment and thermal growth of the item under test. Another example of condition monitoring is utilizing sound level meters to record the acoustic noise of a space, checking for noise pollution and subtle sound waves. Engineers use vibration analyzers to diagnose the health of rotating machines and check for gear wear or misalignment.