Plug and play

A new International standard aims to make it easier to assess the health of industrial machinery by improving the way that diagnostic information is processed.

Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines (CM&D) is the process of assessing the health or integrity of equipment to determine its remaining life.

Unfortunately, at present, the various disparate computer software programmes written for CM&D cannot easily exchange data or operate in a plug-and-play fashion with one another without an extensive integration effort.

Now, a new ISO standard aims to help out. ‘ISO 13374-1:2003 – Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines – Data processing, communication and presentation – Part 1: General guidelines’ – will allow data and information from condition monitoring systems to be processed, communicated and displayed by various software packages without platform-specific or hardware-specific protocols.

The new standard is aimed at suppliers of machine condition-monitoring systems and end-users who desire plug-and-play machinery condition-monitoring software and information compatibility.

ISO 13374-1:2003 costs 77 Swiss francs and is available from ISO national member institutes and from the ISO Central Secretariat.

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