Working with ISO to standardize condition monitoring of machines

Carsten Andersson and Mike Hastings from Brüel & Kjær Vibro participated in the 20th plenary of the ISO subcommittee on “Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machine systems” (ISO TC108/SC05), held in Sydney, Australia, March 14-18, 2016. Mike Hastings was available to talk a little about it.

ISO is a standards organization, why work there?

Mike Hastings: "Brüel & Kjær Vibro has successfully cooperated with the industry in developing technology and optimizing condition monitoring solutions for many years, and we developed expertise doing this. Now it is our turn to share our expertise and help bring condition monitoring to the industry to make it more accessible and manageable for others. For this reason we have been actively involved in several standards organizations, including ISO."

What kind of work are you doing in ISO? 

Mike Hastings: "Carsten and I are convenors for work groups that are drafting new machine-specific standards for condition monitoring. Carsten is head of work group 16 for wind turbines, and I’m head of the work group/advisory group WG 17/AGH for hydroelectric generating units. In subcommittee 5, where we are working in, the machine-specific condition monitoring standards focus on all monitoring techniques, not just vibration. There are 22 participating countries in this subcommittee."

What are these standards for?

Mike Hastings:"These are intended to improve the reliability of implementing an effective condition monitoring approach for the specific machines. They focus on recommended condition monitoring techniques for detecting and diagnosing developing machine faults associated with the most common potential failure modes for the machines. They are based on time-proven experience and best practices, and intended to help create a mutual understanding of the requirements for successful machine condition monitoring and to foster cooperation between the various industry stakeholders."

Are other standards being planned?

Mike Hastings:"A new work group was created during the plenary meeting in Sydney, WG 17, which will deal with future machine-specific condition monitoring standards. I will be convenor for it. Here similar standards will be made for other machines. If there are machine specialists out there who would be interested taking part in this work group or any other, please let us know!"