In many process plants, maintenance of instrumentation (Figure 1) falls into one of two categories. The first is “too little, too late,” where instrumentation fails due to a lack of preventive maintenance, often shutting down processes. The second category is “too much maintenance,” where companies remove, calibrate, clean and service instrumentation that doesn’t need it, at a high cost for parts, labor and equipment downtime.
Some instrument vendors now offer capabilities and services to help end users manage maintenance through on-line diagnostics, asset management, proper scheduling of maintenance tasks, and automatic alerts when problems come up.
Learn more about how end users can exploit these technologies to simplify maintenance, lower costs, reduce parts inventories, and prevent unexpected equipment failures.