Mitigate the Risk – Safeguard Your Energy Infrastructure During Transport

Get the detailed transport insights you need to prevent damage and improve the bottom line Key Takeaways: You take a risk every time you ship…

Get the detailed transport insights you need to prevent damage and improve the bottom line

Key Takeaways:

  • You take a risk every time you ship power-generation components.
  • Built with narrow tolerances, they require sensitive handling to avoid damage.
  • Preserving product integrity is quite a challenge without visibility into the journey.
  • The solution? ShockLog® 298 or ShockLog® 248 provides the data needed to improve logistics and ensure product integrity.

For supply chain managers, quality assurance professionals, and logistics coordinators in the power generation and oil & gas industries, transporting large equipment presents a unique set of challenges. These colossal assets, like power generation turbines and intricate valve systems, are expensive and critical for smooth operations. Even minor damage during transportation can result in costly delays, repairs, and potential safety hazards.

Any undue disturbance encountered during transit can introduce misalignments or compromise the settings of these components, leading to performance degradation or even catastrophic failure.

Innovative technology plays a large part in enhancing the safety and integrity of transporting these vital components. In-transit monitoring, data logging, and impact recording are critical to product safety. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of monitoring during transport, introduce the ShockLog series of monitors, and explain how to ensure the unit is ready to perform when installed.

Why monitor during transportation?

Monitoring energy infrastructure during transport is crucial for several reasons:

  • Preventing damage. Power generation equipment and valve systems consist of delicate components that can be easily damaged during transportation. Monitoring allows for constant tracking of any disturbances, vibrations, or impacts.
  • Ensuring safety. The size and weight of these parts necessitate specialized transportation methods, often involving multiple modes like trucks, ships, and cranes. Monitoring for excessive shock and vibration can help identify irresponsible carriers or improper loading procedures, allowing for corrective actions to prevent future incidents that could endanger personnel unloading or working with the equipment.
  • Regulatory compliance. Monitoring helps meet regulatory requirements for transportation. Different types of equipment may have specific guidelines and standards that must be followed to ensure safe handling and transportation. Monitoring ensures compliance with these regulations.
  • Minimizing downtime. The monitoring process allows for timely intervention in case of any issues encountered during transport. By promptly addressing problems, potential delays and downtime can be minimized.

Overall, monitoring power generation equipment during transport helps protect your investment in equipment, prevents damage, ensures safety, complies with regulations, and ultimately reduces downtime and other potential losses.

Introducing ShockLog 298 and ShockLog 248

Precise monitoring throughout the transportation journey is paramount to safeguard high-value assets. This is where ShockLog devices come into play. They act as silent guardians, meticulously recording shock, vibration, and environmental conditions throughout the entire shipment.

The ShockLog 298 and ShockLog 248 are compact and easy to deploy. They attach directly to the equipment being transported. Once activated, they continuously monitor and record data.

ShockLog 298

The ShockLog 298 is the most advanced impact recorder in the ShockLog family. It caters to a wider range of monitoring needs, offering a comprehensive suite of features ideal for safeguarding sensitive equipment like power generation turbines and intricate valve systems.

  • The capacity to record data for 870 events and 262,000 time slots.
  • Alerts whenever damage has occurred.
  • Records impact events – direction and velocity, max peaks X, Y, and Z; gRMS; and internal temperature.
  • Field-proven triaxial piezoelectric accelerometer technology.

Optional sensors can provide even more intelligence about the equipment journey:

  • You have the option to add a built-in temperature/humidity sensor into the unit, or you can add a temperature/pressure/humidity accessory sensor.
  • Add the ShockLog® Cellular module for real-time, out-of-tolerance condition notifications.
  • The tilt and roll sensor includes a record of tilt and roll data.

The ShockLog Cellular sends alerts based on your defined parameters, which are also reported to the SpotSee Cloud. You can perform in-depth data analysis by accessing the SpotSee Cloud or via ShockLog Report View. This detailed overview of the entire journey helps you identify patterns in threshold events.

If real-time notifications aren’t needed, condition reports can be transferred from the SpotSee 298 to the ShockLog software using a USB connection or pull a transport report over the iButton® interface.

ShockLog 248

The ShockLog 248 offers a streamlined solution for applications where core shock and vibration monitoring are paramount. This compact, cost-effective impact recorder is ideal for situations where detailed temperature and humidity tracking or GPS functionality might not be essential. These impact recorders increase accountability and allow for a prompt response. It features:

  • A visual alert that your equipment has encountered impact events that might affect performance or safety.
  • The iButton, which you can use to download a full journey report.
  • Records the first plus the 14 most severe events and delivers notifications of up to 128 events on an event summary log, up to 262,000 time slots.
  • Records impact events – max peaks X, Y, and Z and internal temperature.
  • USB and iButton transfer options.

An optional temperature and humidity sensor can be added to the unit.

SpotSee ShockLogs offer best-in-class recording and post-journey analytics, real-time reporting of critical events, and a robust power source. 

Understand the many sources of product damage

How ShockLogs improve logistics

Data loggers have revolutionized transportation, helping to solve quality control issues and offering previously unavailable visibility. They can eradicate pain points and bolster the bottom line by catching potential damage before the expense of unpacking and installing. 

Impact, temperature, and other real-time data ensure product integrity, quality, and safety. You’ll also gain valuable insight into how different storage and transportation options perform. The information provided by ShockLog 298 or ShockLog 248 allows you to be proactive when choosing shipping methods and carriers.

Due to their size, value, and sensitivity, transporting large power generation equipment and oil and gas valve systems presents significant risks, making ensuring their integrity and functionality upon arrival challenging.

Improve your operations

Mitigate risks, determine accountability, increase efficiency, and get unparalleled visibility with SpotSee ShockLogs. The insight offered into carrier practices and shipping conditions is invaluable. Learn more about the various features and options and how we can help you – contact us today for more information.