Most large power plants have continuous vibration monitoring systems installed on turbine generators and other critical equipment. The systems have evolved greatly since the 1970s. In this episode of The POWER Podcast, Steve Sabin, SETPOINT product manager for Brüel & Kjær Vibro, offers some tips to get the most out of these systems. He talks about an important vibration monitoring standard—API 670—and discusses how training has improved with new technology. Sabin gives a little background on consolidation within the industry, including the recent acquisition of SETPOINT by Brüel & Kjær Vibro. He explains how systems can be incorporated into existing power plant software, such as OSI Soft’s PI system, and how purpose built vibration data repositories are used.
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