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Vibration Monitoring Guide - Part 3

Part 3: Manual vs Automated Monitoring

When is manual monitoring best? When is automated monitoring best? Which is more economical when total costs are considered?

System

Micromate Manual Monitoring

Manual

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Automated

Typical Use

Manual is favored for …

  • Short-term projects with minimal reporting requirements.
  • Projects where the monitor must be relocated frequently.
  • Local authorities require manual operation.
  • Project requires immediate feedback.

Automated is favored for ..

  • Longer term projects where stationary monitors are suitable.
  • Locations that cannot be accessed easily or require special safety precautions, such as tunnels, railways, etc.

Basic Functions

Manual

  • Measurements: Same as automated.
  • Reports: No reports until measurements are offloaded to PC and processed.
  • No alerts unless technician is watching the unit and informs site engineer.

Automated

  • Measurements: same as manual.
  • Reports: Reports provided automatically at regular intervals.
  • Alerts: Alerts provided automatically to smartphones and PCs. On-site alarm and strobe unit is also available.

Daily Operations

Manual hands-on tasks

  • Set up, operate, break down.
  • Transfer data to a PC.
  • Run PC software to generate reports.
  • Send out reports, archive data.
  • Charge battery overnight.

Automated hands-off tasks

  • Equipment stays on site, runs continuously.
  • Automated data transfers.
  • Automated reports.
  • Automated distribution of reports.
  • No nightly battery charging.

Total Costs

Manual Monitoring Costs

  • Direct costs are less than automated.
  • Indirect costs are higher, mainly due to the man-hours needed for operation and reporting.

Automated Monitoring Costs

  • Direct costs are more than manual.
  • Indirect costs are lower, since operation and reports are automated.