Parker Hannifin

Power Generation Plants

Voice of the Machine™ Software and SensoNODE™ Gold Sensors Allow for Condition Monitoring Without Interrupting Production

In the Power Generation industry, consistent condition monitoring is essential for maintaining optimal levels of production. That’s why planning downtime just to take condition measurements seems counter-productive.

Voice of the Machine Software and SensoNODE Gold Sensors let maintenance technicians and plant managers monitor their assets quickly and easily from anywhere they have an internet connection.
 

Temperature

Problem

Turbines that aren’t well lubricated or cooled with clean oil are subject to:
  • Overheating
  • Inefficient operation

Solution

Identify when turbine filters and/or oil need replaced by monitoring for temperature changes in:
  • Hydraulic lift pumps
  • Hydraulic power units
  • Diverter damper controls
Pressure

Problem

Increased plant fuel consumption and/or reduced output can be telltale signs of:
  • Compromised integrity of rotary components
  • Turbine structural damage

Solution

Determine potential turbine issues by monitoring for pressure changes in systems, such as:
  • Hydraulic lift pumps, power units, and cylinders
  • Diverter damper controls
  • Nitrogen generators
Pressure

Problem

Increased humidity can create excessive moisture, which threatens the turbine’s gearbox with:
  • Corrosion
  • Reduced efficiency
  • Breakdown

Solution

Humidity sensors monitor in-line and ambient levels, allowing users to:
  • Track gradual trends of increased facility humidity
  • Better diagnose in-line issues
  • Closely monitor nitrogen generator levels

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There are several points of interest throughout a power generation plant that need to be monitored for a condition monitoring solution to be effective.
 

Condition Monitoring in Power Generation Plant Diagram