When push comes to shove, trust the system
Modern, online diagnostic and monitoring systems are great things to have for safe and reliable machinery operation. Condition based maintenance, increase of uptime, efficient repairs and short MTTR with maximum MTBM – all these concepts and goals can be realized with state-of-the-art technologies and services. But what if operators are reluctant to utilize all capabilities, the entire technological horsepower of their systems, i.e. automatic shutdown functionality? We have seen many systems that are not set to automatically trip a machine in case of a critical event. Quite a substantial percentage of operators we have talked to over the last two decades have more confidence in a slow chain of reporting with a manual machine stop at its end than in a super-fast, automatic shutdown feature.
This extensive article has been published in CompressorTech2 magazine and is available for download.