Many standardisation bodies at international, European or national levels produce maintenance standards, or standards that are directly related to maintenance activities. Thanks to them a framework is provided for experts to write documents that constitute state of the art in different maintenance areas.
Setting up a vibration Condition Monitoring programme in the Offshore Oil & Gas industry is challenging. Platform staff is rarely trained in vibration and the data collection itself can turn out to be risky for the personnel. In this challenging environment, collecting reliable measurement data while minimizing the time spent on the task are practical requirements for modern maintenance programmes.
Production plants are often in use for decades, but their control systems have shorter innovation cycles and/or their availability is restricted. This means that a number of plants are currently being used with outdated control systems or visualization and control technology whose maintenance and spare parts have been officially discontinued. If a malfunction occurs, it can result in anything from prolonged downtime to total failure of the plant.