Special Report: Real-time information optimizes condition-based maintenance

Randy Kondor, Matrikon Inc., EdmontonTop performers (pacesetters) in the refining industry are using real-time equipment data to prioritize and optimize their maintenance resources.The process is straightforward-real-time data determine equipment health but only inform the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) when maintenance is actually necessary. From there, the CMMS automatically produces the work order and uses the workflow that is already familiar to all maintenance personnel.Pacesetters take two steps to achieve this goal. First, they acquire and store real-time process data from their automation system, either a supervisory control and data acquisition system or a dist...

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