Condition monitoring is often defined as a process of determining the condition of machinery while in operation. By measuring certain key conditions, such as vibrations, one can foresee the need for maintenance. This way maintenance is done when needed, not as planned or due to failure.

The key to a successful condition monitoring programme includes:

  • Knowing what to look for
  • How to interpret it
  • When to put this knowledge to use

Condition monitoring can reduce disturbance and catastrophic failures to an absolute minimum. It can also improve planning in terms of ordering parts at the right time, schedule manpower and by allowing for other planned repairs to be done at the same time. It can also save you money by optimize spare part stocks and extend component lifetime by avoiding premature exchange.

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To get going, you likely need a set of tools which may include:

  • Hardware such as sensors for noise, vibration, temperature, pressure, current, speed, leakage and so on
  • Software for monitoring and analysis
  • Training of staff
  • Reference data from similar applications


There are many suppliers of such tools. One global and well-known supplier is SKF. They have a wide programme which is likely to include all the tools, software and training you need; from single manual component monitoring to automated systems for large plants. Visit the website, learn more and get inspired.