Using asset criticality to drive vibration monitoring applications

Asset Criticality

Adding vibration monitoring data to your eMaint CMMS can give you a better understanding of critical equipment health. But where do you start?

First, identify the critical equipment you want to track. There are typically hundreds—if not thousands—of pieces of equipment that the maintenance team maintains, but some machines are more important to the company than others. For example:

  • Equipment that requires expensive repairs each time the equipment is down
  • Specialized parts that take a long time to arrive or need to be installed by the manufacturer
  • Machine failures that cause expensive production shut downs

Each of those examples qualifies as critical equipment. The critical equipment list looks different from one plant to the next, based on the company’s priorities.

Once you have created a list of critical equipment, determine what kind of measurement parameters will identify the equipment’s failure modes.

For some types of equipment, vibration can identify alignment issues or bearing wear before the maintenance team notices audible noise, temperature increases, or “walking” of the equipment. On other machines, vibration is less useful, making temperature, voltage, current, or power fluctuations better parameters to measure as a health indicator.

You can assess various connected vibration monitoring solutions at If you’re an eMaint CMMS customer, your Customer Success Manager can facilitate sensor selection and guide you through the process of integrating vibration data into your asset health records.

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