When an offshore pump fails, the impact can range from an operational inconvenience to an unscheduled production shutdown, and a spare inline pump may not help if the failure is sudden and unexpected. The health of rotating pumps has traditionally been monitored by crew members using handheld devices to periodically collect vibration data at each asset and provide on-the-spot analysis. But such manual checks in the field do not always correctly identify potential failures. Automated, online monitoring is available on too few essential and important pumps – especially in remote locations. These pumps are often at risk of undetected symptoms prior to failure.
Today, there are more effective methods for monitoring essential pumps for signs of fatigue and failure. High-priority pumps can be continuously scanned by Wireless Vibration Transmitter for indications of malfunctions that could become serious if allowed to develop. These could include bearing misalignment, pump cavitation, or motor electrical faults. When continuous vibration monitoring is combined with GEX Manager Software, the diagnostics of smart microprocessor-based instrumentation and advanced software reveal such potentially damaging conditions. Automated monitoring of essential offshore pumping assets provides staff and maintenance personnel with real-time information, allowing them time to make decisions and take action to prevent unexpected downtime. Operational, safety, and environmental incidents can be avoided, thus increasing the reliability and profitability of the offshore facility.