Don’t Just Catch Problems, Prevent Them: The Power of a Holistic Performance Monitoring System

March 28, 2023

As an industrial operator, you know the importance of keeping your equipment and systems running smoothly to prevent costly downtime and repairs. That’s where performance monitoring comes in, a process of monitoring machine systems to detect changes that could be indicative of damage or future equipment failure. By using performance monitoring systems, you can catch issues before they become full-blown problems.

But why settle for just catching problems when you can prevent them altogether? That’s where Industrial Service Solutions Spectare® Intelligent Platform’s process optimization approach to performance monitoring comes in. It’s like giving your equipment a bulletproof vest to protect it from harm.

The benefits of a total systems approach to performance monitoring

Let’s talk about the benefits of a total systems approach to performance monitoring, because there are some serious advantages to be had. By taking a holistic approach, you can plan for preventative maintenance and catch issues before they become big, expensive problems. And one of the best things about this approach? Early detection.

Early detection of problems

With predictive modeling from multiple sources of data, a performance monitoring tool can detect issues before they ever result in a partial or complete failure of that machine. This not only saves money in the long term, but it also gives facility managers more control over their budgets by allowing for more accurate budgeting and timing of maintenance.

And let’s not forget about the prevention of damage done to the entire system by worn out or strained machine parts. In fact, this method of preventative maintenance has been deployed on wind farms to monitor the status of gearboxes on wind turbines, with great success.

Improved maintenance planning

A total systems approach to performance monitoring allows you to use data from multiple systems to prioritize maintenance tasks. This can lead to an improved maintenance strategy that is proactive, rather than reactive. By knowing the condition of each piece of equipment, you can predict when maintenance is needed and plan accordingly.

Analytics authority McKinsey & Co. recommends using data-driven systems when optimizing maintenance schedules, and a holistic condition monitoring system like the Spectare® Intelligent Platform from Industrial Service Solutions can provide just that. With data-driven insights and AI deep learning, you can optimize maintenance schedules to minimize downtime and maximize equipment life. By implementing a total systems approach to performance monitoring, you can take full advantage of these cutting-edge tools and improve your facility’s overall maintenance planning.

Increased equipment reliability across the complete industrial process

With continuous process monitoring, you can increase equipment reliability and optimize your processes. By running systems at optimal performance levels, you can prevent unplanned downtime and keep your equipment running smoothly.

A total systems approach to condition monitoring can lead to peak reliability in your operations. This approach has been shown to optimize production in chemical plants, where condition monitoring systems are integrated with automated plant processes. By removing inefficiencies from the system, you can create an optimized environment that maximizes equipment life and minimizes downtime.

Implementing a total systems or holistic approach to performance monitoring

While the benefits of utilizing a performance monitoring system are apparent, the process of implementing a holistic condition monitoring system can be a challenge for any facility. Here are a few ways that you can ensure your implementation process is most effective.

Choosing the right sensors and data collection methods

Proper sensor installation is necessary for effective monitoring. The kind of data that is being collected will decide what type of sensor is used and where it is placed. Depending on the system being monitored, different data collection methods need to be used in order to effectively sense changes in heat, friction, and energy usage. It’s important to ensure the right metrics are being assessed to give your condition monitoring system the data that it needs to present an accurate system status and to make accurate predictions.

Integrating data from multiple sources

A total systems approach to performance monitoring integrates data from multiple sources to assess system status and make accurate predictions. Integrating multiple sources of data can be challenging. A flexible and customizable system is necessary to take multiple types of data and create an accurate real-time assessment of your system’s status. 

Analyzing and using data effectively

Data collected from performance monitoring systems is used to make effective maintenance strategies. By using predictive modeling, a facility can accurately time part replacement and can perform energy load balancing measures to run their systems at peak efficiency. The most effective use of data is to base facility maintenance planning and energy management parameters on the data provided through a total systems approach.


Don’t let unexpected downtime and costly repairs weigh down your industrial operations. Choose a performance monitoring system that provides customizable options and easy accessibility to future-proof your facility. And who better to trust with your machinery monitoring and maintenance than Industrial Service Solutions?

With the Spectare® Intelligent Platform, you can keep an eye on your systems in real-time from any device, with the help of cutting-edge machine learning software. So, reach out to the ISS team today for a consultation and quote, and let’s keep your operations running smoothly and efficiently.