Does Condition Monitoring Pay Off?

We provide after-sales support for the instrumentation on our heavy manufacturing machine. Measuring and collecting data on bearing wear, shaft damage, and other mechanical failure points actually is more important to us than manufacturing process data. We've avoided most major machine breakdowns with a regular on-site visit schedule. The vendors tell us we can dramatically cut our visits with some straightforward hardware and software monitoring packages. What do you all think of this?
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  • Old but still relevant post. I am surprised there haven't been any responses! But my take on this is that it would depend. How much is the labour cost associated with your service personnel and periodic on-site visits? How does this compare with your competition? I guess these are some questions I would ask myself if I wanted to go down the path of condition monitoring. However, considering that this is an old thread, I am guessing you might have taken a call one way or another by now. It would be great to hear your thoughts anew.

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