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How Uniper Brought Context To Vibration Data Using The PI System
Vibration monitoring allows to send out signals indicating potential
issues. Should a rotor bend even slightly or a small imbalance occur, vibration levels
increase, and it’s those vibrations that hold the keys to decoding future problems.
For Uniper, ensuring that 36 GW of power generation infrastructure across Europe
was operating effectively meant tuning into those vibrations. However, vibration data
needs context to be truly effective. Together with a proprietary application for anomaly
detection, Uniper used the PI System™ to capture and contextualize vibration
data. As a result, engineers saw more than just deviations — they understood their
cause. Not only did vibration monitoring save money on equipment maintenance, it
prevented what could have been a catastrophic outage.