Case Study: Detection of root cause of unplanned plant shutdowns with wireless condition monitoring

Remi Delitte, Manager, I-Care


After several unplanned outages during a period of less than 45 days of the two redundant turbo-pumps in a big chemical plant in Belgium, I-Care was contacted in order to propose a solution. Since these pumps are having a crucial impact on the production throughput of the plant, the case had to be handled with highest priority and precision. In order to make a suitable solution we advised to execute locally a root cause analysis test with a Wi-care wireless vibration data collector. By the results of this analysis the root cause of the unplanned failures was uncovered. The combination of certain process circumstances and were causing at certain moments heavy cavitation with high vibrations, serious wear-out and integrity distortion at both pumps as result. Based on this analysis, the company decided to install a fixed wireless condition monitoring Wi-care system to have better insides and control of their process circumstances in order to avoid abnormal ware of their critical turbo-pumps.

– Benefits of wireless system
– Concept of IoT


Currently Remi is focused on expanding the awareness about wireless vibration system capabilities and limitations outside European market.