Case Study – Is your existing VibroSight® condition monitoring solution up to date?

Many VibroSight® Condition Monitoring Systems (CMS) have been deployed all over the world in power generation, oil & gas and process industry applications during the last decade since its launch to the market in 2010.

VibroSight is a solution in constant evolution so new features, improvements and fixes are added to the software and device firmware by means of three new releases each year. As a result of this, earlier installations are still running old software versions and not taking advantage from all these benefits.

The most significant improvement since the product launch is the replacement in November 2016 of the off-the-self Sybase database engine by a new Meggitt Vibro-Meter database engine which is seamlessly integrated into VibroSight. With this new database optimized for our specific domain it is possible to record data much faster, occupying less disk space and with almost instantaneous data retrieval and display times.

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The most relevant improvements available in VibroSight 5.0 version are:

  • Integrated and optimized database engine.
  • Integrated database management for automatic backups, old data purge and creation of historical data archives.
  • Remote database mirroring.
  • Seamless data visualization across multiple VibroSight Servers.
  • Redundant communication link to VM600 XMx16 cards.
  • Differentiation of transients between run-ups and run-downs.
  • Import of data from other systems via CSV data files.
  • OPC Classic and OPC UA data interface.
  • Improved mathematical processing block.
  • Magnetic flux monitoring for hydro turbine generators.
  • Detection of rolling element bearing and gear faults.
  • Rulebox module for automated diagnostics.

CASE STUDY

In spring of 2020 our customer support group was engaged to perform a VibroSight condition monitoring system update and optimization for an offshore oil platform.

In this case a VibroSight system consisting of two databases in two separate computers was running software version 2.12.4 since 2015. The system comprises of 26 XMV16 cards installed in 16 VM600 racks for a total of 300 vibration dynamic input channels. The system is monitoring the health of 32 machines including turbine driven generators, pumps, and compressors.

The goal was to upgrade both the VibroSight software to increase its data logging and data retrieval performance, and the underlying IT infrastructure to increase cyber-security while reducing complexity.

How did we do it?

The customer decided to take advantage of the increased performance offered by VibroSight version 4.1.3 and decided to replace the two old server computers offshore by a single modern one running Windows Server 2016. The two previous VibroSight Server instances were merged into a single one that is now running in this new server computer.

The approach to increase cyber-security is to add to the solution a mirrored VibroSight Server and database located onshore that will be an exact copy of the Vibrosight Server database onshore. For the new onshore server a virtual server hosted in Microsoft Azure was selected as the best solution. In this way condition monitoring analysts will be granted access to the database located onshore, avoiding the need to grant them access to the offshore platform which is much more sensitive in terms of cyber-security.

Before deploying it on-site, the VibroSight configuration and Mimic projects were migrated, tested and fine-tuned at the back office to the most recent version.

Once on-site the work was carried out according to the following procedure:

  • Stop the existing VibroSight Servers.
  • Backup of the existing data.
  • Upgrade the VM600 firmware.
  • Install the new VibroSight release in the offshore and onshore new server computers.
  • Verify and adjust computer and firewall settings to be able to communicate amongst the different system components.
  • Configure and setup the new VibroSight Servers.
  • Verify that the data logging and data visualization is working as expected.
  • Customer training

The following configuration improvements requested by the customer were as well applied:

  • Differentiation of transients between run-ups and run-downs.
  • Higher density data logging especially during transients.

Results

  • Overall increase in database data logging and data retrieval performance.
  • Remote monitoring onshore is now easier, faster and safer, for the VibroSight users that carry out daily maintenance activities on the oil platform.
  • Server computers are now up to date and secure for the coming years.
  • Existing data for the last four years is available for comparison.

In conclusion, we really encourage existing users to upgrade VibroSight to the latest version to benefit from an overall increase in performance and many powerful new features to improve the results of their condition monitoring program. On top of that, upgrading VibroSight can be a good opportunity to upgrade as well computers and other IT infrastructure to improve system performance, reliability and cyber-security.




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