After witnessing years of decline in the economic conditions, the outlook of the steel industry is looking more positive around the world in recent times. Current innovations in the strategies in steel industries are quite smarter and technological and thus has produced high quality and quantity of product at lower manufacturing cost. This is because of the adoption and improvements in infrastructure, machinery and maintenance strategies such as Condition Monitoring.
What is Condition Based monitoring?
It is an act of systematic data collection and interpretation of identity changes in the performance of the health of a system, or its components, such that restitutive action could be planned profitably to maintain reliability. It is used as a proactive error eradication strategy to avoid failure.
It is a cornerstone in the asset management of iron and steel plants. Having control of the operating condition is a must to optimize steel industry profitability. The primary reasons for applying this in the steel industry are to maintain availability, maximize foreshadowing time, and to avoid secondary damages.
Steel Plant Equipment List
Typical applications such as split bearings in a blast furnace, conveyor belts, sintering equipment, raw material handling machines, casing machines, ship unloaders, plate mills, stack re-claimers, continuous casters,rolling mills, annealing machinery, galvanization plants, cylindrical roller bearings and gearboxes, etc. are predictably managed and maintained through condition monitoring.
Condition-based monitoring in the Steel Industry
The steel industry has befriended condition-based monitoring long ago. Condition is aided to the actual operating condition of a mechanical asset to determine its current state of reliability.
By focusing on the results of condition monitoring inspections, you allow much more efficient and effective use of time during the scheduled disruption. An increased focus on how to identify the most common failure modes in non-standard condition monitoring assets such as taper bearings and turret bearing applications allows the steel industry to operate with confidence to deliver the future demand perfectly.
The first award-winning IoT enterprise, Infinite Uptime, delivers predictive condition-based monitoring and steel plant maintenance through various parameters. The observation process of the equipment’s health is quite seamless with Infinite Uptime’s Industrial Data Enabler (IDE).
What does IDE do?
IDE is a compact plug-and-play device that has the capacity of measuring the high-frequency tri-axial mechanical vibrations, temperature, and acoustics. It detects looseness, misalignment, eccentricity or improper and imbalanced clamping in the machines and defects in real-time through visual LED indicators. IDE can be attached to any surface of the machines and immediately captures mechanical data.
Benefits of Condition Monitoring in Steel Industry
- Installation of IDE enables remote access to health and equipment data through the internet from anywhere in the world.
- Concerns about the maintenance of critical equipment such as motors, bearings, and productivity monitoring are addressed.
- Provides user-friendly and secured access to the dashboard that organizes the data in a readable and analyzed manner.