June 2010 Vol. 237 No. 6

Features

Reduce Compressor Maintenance Costs With Remote Monitoring

Remotely located gas compressors can pose a significant operating and maintenance challenge. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are often used to address this challenge, but to be cost effective, a critical mass of units must be located in close proximity to one another. Additionally, traditional SCADA systems have limited analytical capabilities. The result is that a tremendous amount of data is produced, but the utility of the data can be marginal. Internet-based monitoring can help overcome these challenges by providing the ability to monitor individual remote assets and by providing tools to make the data operationally relevant to the organization. One

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