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Deployment of Asset Condition Monitoring Sensors for Rotating Equipment

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Original date: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Cameco Corp. has recently deployed approximately 1,500 wireless asset condition monitoring sensors across four of its operations. This presentation will explore all aspects of this project, from initial identification of business pain, all the way through to deployment and management of the system. Condition-based monitoring of rotating assets typically involves a route that is executed at a fixed interval to collect asset condition data. This data can include vibration, temperature, acoustic emissions, and others. This data is then downloaded into software and analyzed for faults and trends. This method has many shortcomings that can be solved with remote sensing technology. This presentation will take you through Cameco’s journey of identifying the limitations of traditional data collection and why an alternative was investigated. Some of the key topics will include problems and inefficiencies with the current system, methodology used to determine which sensor company to partner with, potential cost savings and benefits, deployment strategy and execution, and some screen captures of actual asset detections. Finally, we will conclude with lessons learned and benefits realized from deploying a sensor solution.

BoK Content Source: 
MainTrain 2023
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Asset Management Framework Subject: 
02 Asset Management Decision Making, 2.00 Asset Management Decision Making General, 2.01 Capital Investment Decision-Making, 2.02 Operations & Maintenance Decision-Making, 2.03 Lifecycle Value Realisation, 03 Lifecycle Delivery, 3.00 Lifecycle Delivery General, 3.06 Reliability Engineering
Maintenance Management Framework Subject: 
00 Maintenance Management - General, 01 Business & Organization Context, 02 Maintenance Program Mgmt, 2.4 Maint. Budget/Cost Control, 04 Tools and Tactics, 4.0 Tools and Tactics General, 4.1 Reliability Centered Maint., 4.2 Preventive Maint. Optimization, 4.4 Preventive Maintenance, 4.5 Detective Maintenance, 4.6 Condition Monitoring, 4.7 Operator Performed Maint., 4.8 Predictive Maint. Techniques, 05 Maintenance & Reliability Engineering, 5.1 Stats Analysis / Analytical Methods, 06 Work Management, 6.0 Work Management General, 09 Information Management, 9.0 Information Management General, 9.1 Information Systems, 9.3 Master Data Management, 9.4 Document Management, 10 Continuous Improvement, 10.0 Continuous Improvement General, 10.1 Metrics / KPIs, 10.2 Benchmarking, 10.3 Maintenance Management Improvements, 10.4 Maintenance Practices Improvements, 10.5 Asset Reliability Improvements
Author Title: 
Sr. Specialist – Asset Health Monitoring
Author Employer: 
Cameco Corporation - Saskatoon Head Office
Author Bio: 

Brad Owen is a member of the asset management and reliability team in Cameco’s operational excellence group, where he leads the researching, trialling, implementation, and execution of predictive maintenance and asset inspection technologies for Cameco’s Saskatchewan mining and milling operations. Brad joined Cameco in 2006 and has had various roles within the company all related to maintenance engineering and reliability. Previous to his current role with Cameco, he served as a specialist, lubrication and industrial fluids, where he was responsible for implementing and maintaining lubrication programs at Cameco’s operations. Brad holds the following designations: Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.), Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) through PEMAC, and Machine Lubrication Engineer (MLE) through the International Council for Machinery Lubrication

Author 2 Title: 
Sr. Technologist Reliability
Author 2 Employer: 
Cameco Corporation
Author 2 Bio: 
Jon Hosegood is a senior reliability technologist and member of the asset management and reliability team in Cameco’s operational excellence group, where he implements and executes various predictive maintenance and asset inspection technologies at Cameco’s McArthur River mining operation in Northern Saskatchewan. Jon joined Cameco in 2013 and has held various roles within the company, working at Cameco’s McArthur River, Cigar Lake, and Key Lake operations. Jon holds the following professional designations: Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T), CAT II Vibration Analyst, and Machinery Lubrication Analyst (MLA1) through the International Council for Machinery Lubrication. He is also in the process of working toward his MMP certification through PEMAC.