High Up­time and Ef­fi­cien­cy Through Con­di­tion Mon­i­tor­ing

De­tect Da­m­age Early, Main­tain Machines in Tar­get­ed Man­ner

Con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing is the re­con­struc­tion of the con­di­tion of a ma­chine based on mea­sur­ment data such as tem­per­a­ture, pres­sure, speed or com­po­nent vi­bra­tions. Espe­cial­ly high-res­o­lu­tion vi­bra­tion mea­sure­ment data often pro­vide in­di­ca­tions of de­vel­op­ing fail­ures long be­fore they lead to prob­lems. If this data is record­ed and an­a­lyzed over a long pe­ri­od of time, po­ten­tial dam­age can be de­tect­ed at an early stage and often even lo­cal­ized. This al­lows to plan and per­form main­te­nances more ef­fi­cient­ly: The ser­vice life of com­po­nents can be uti­lized and re­pairs can be car­ried out in a tar­get­ed man­ner. If a dam­age de­vel­ops very quick­ly, an emer­gen­cy shut­down can be ini­ti­at­ed.



Re­duce costs, in­crease avail­abil­i­ty

In the graph­ic on the left, the ac­cu­mu­lat­ed op­er­at­ing costs of a ma­chine are schemat­i­cal­ly plot­ted over time, once with and once with­out con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing. Here, the en­hanced ma­chine knowl­edge re­sult­ing from con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing al­lowed the planned stop to be used more ef­fec­tive­ly for main­te­nance, avoid­ing an­oth­er un­planned stop. This re­duces costs and en­sures high avail­abil­i­ty, which is par­tic­u­lar­ly im­por­tant for com­plex ma­chines in crit­i­cal areas of ap­pli­ca­tion, such as gas tur­bines or large diesel en­gines for en­er­gy sup­ply.


Re­duc­tion of down­time, uti­liza­tion of com­po­nent life­times



Ma­chine pro­tec­tion and high­er avail­abil­i­ty, as major dam­age is avoid­ed


Proac­tive con­trolled checks in­stead of adhoc main­te­nance


process op­ti­miza­tion

Re­sources can be planned and or­dered early

Con­di­tion Mon­i­tor­ing Chal­lenges

What to mea­sure where and how?

Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of rel­e­vant mea­sured vari­ables and mea­sure­ment points as well as the se­lec­tion of suit­able sen­sor tech­nol­o­gy.

Reli­able Long Term Mea­sure­ment

Mea­sure­ment sys­tems must run 24/7, with low main­te­nance and as au­tonomous­ly as pos­si­ble.

Han­dling of Large Data Sets

Ro­bust and ide­al­ly sam­ple-syn­chro­nous record­ing of all mea­sure­ment and op­er­at­ing data in a for­mat that al­lows ef­fi­cient anal­y­sis of very large data sets.


High Data Qual­i­ty

En­sur­ing con­sis­tent­ly high data qual­i­ty with­out gaps, in­cor­rect sen­sor or op­er­a­tional data, chang­ing file for­mats, ar­ti­facts, and the like.

Re­la­tion Mea­sure­ment Data - Ma­chine Con­di­tion

Selec­tion of suit­able meth­ods which link the mea­sure­ment data with the con­di­tion of the ma­chine.



In­te­gra­tion Into Busi­ness Pro­cess­es

Devel­op­ment of pro­cess­es for the use, eval­u­a­tion and im­prove­ment of the se­lect­ed con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing con­cept with the goal of op­ti­miz­ing the cost/ben­e­fit ratio.

IFTA Con­di­tion Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tems

our so­lu­tion for com­bus­tion, tor­sion­al vi­bra­tions or ro­tor­dy­nam­ics

For more than 25 years, IFTA has been pro­vid­ing turnkey con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing and ma­chine pro­tec­tion sys­tems for ap­pli­ca­tions such as com­bus­tion dy­nam­ics, rotor dy­nam­ics or tor­sion­al vi­bra­tions. Our sys­tems are in­stalled all over the world and to­geth­er have ac­cu­mu­lat­ed more than 17 mil­lion op­er­at­ing hours. They pro­tect valu­able and safe­ty-crit­i­cal equip­ment from dam­age, col­lect and record mea­sure­ment and op­er­at­ing data in the field or on test bench­es, im­ple­ment con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing and pre­dic­tive main­te­nance so­lu­tions, and much more. The fol­low­ing qual­i­ties dis­tin­guish IFTA:

Rec­om­mend­ed Prod­ucts

Com­bus­tion Mon­i­tor­ing

Ap­pli­ca­tion so­lu­tion for mon­i­tor­ing com­bus­tion cham­ber dy­nam­ics. 

Tor­sion­al Vi­bra­tions

Ap­pli­ca­tion so­lu­tion for tor­sion­al vi­bra­tions with input mod­ule AT2.


Ap­pli­ca­tion so­lu­tion for ro­tor­dy­nam­ic vi­bra­tions. 

Anal­y­sis Soft­ware

In­tu­itive on-/off­line anal­y­sis soft­ware TrendView­er for ef­fi­cient vi­su­al­iza­tion.