Because the Artesis system is simple to install and requires little user intervention in operation, it combines low start-up costs with the significant benefits of predictive maintenance. Since it doesn’t require any sensor installation on the equipment itself, and it can be installed in non-EX areas or away of protected areas, Artesis eMCM is a particularly good solution for inaccessible equipment in the energy industry. It is the only viable solution for nuclear applications as it is installed in motor control cabinets which is outside the hazardous areas.
Typical applications where you can monitor either electrical, mechanical, and water pumping conditions:
Coal, petrol and gas energy plants use steam or gases from combustion which is used to drive large turbines in order to generate mechanical energy that will be transformed into electrical energy by means of a generator.
In addition, the entire process requires a series of machines such as alternators, pumps and fans for cooling processes, among others. Artesis MCM and PCM units allow to monitor the condition of all of them in a convenient way and at a fraction of the cost of traditional condition monitoring.
Like fossil plants, hydro plants use mechanical energy to generate electrical energy by means of turbines and generators. In this case, the mechanical energy is captured from the movement of the water.
Also, pumping systems are used to pump water back to the reservoir with the purpose to reuse it and cover peak demand periods. Monitor turbine, alternators and generators, as well as “pumped storage” systems with Artesis technology to ensure their mechanical and electric performance, making the right decisions for appropriate intervention according to the severity of the problem, thus avoiding failure.
In a nuclear plant, steam is generated by nuclear fission and this steam is used to drive the turbine which is connected to the generator. One of the main characteristics of nuclear plants is that they can run for many months without interruption, providing reliable and predictable supplies of energy. However, this reliability depends on the reliability of the machinery involved in the generation process.
With Artesis monitoring units, not only the turbines and generators can be monitored, but also any other motor-driven equipment, such as pumps and fans used in the cooling systems, pumps used in pressurized water reactors, condensate pumps in the main condenser, water feeding pumps in the heat exchangers, among others.
Feed Water Pump Bearing Fault Detection
This case is from a power generation corporation, where numerous MCMs monitor critical equipment of theirs including a feedwater pump.
One month after the MCM installation, MCM indicated a developing “Bearing” fault. The maintenance team verified the bearing fault and replaced the bearing of the motor.
After the maintenance action, MCM stopped giving the alarm verifying the effectiveness of the maintenance action.