Patent Number: 6,298,308

Title: Diagnostic network with automated proactive local experts

Abstract: A method is provided for invoking condition monitoring among a plurality of machines, comprising establishing a network of automated local experts at generally fixed locations and interconnected by at least one network connection, configuring each of the local experts to receive vibration data from at least one of the plurality of machines which is located in relative physical proximity thereto and configuring each of the local experts to analyze the received vibration data and to diagnose a condition of the machine providing the received vibration data based on the received vibration, and configuring each of the local experts to transmit diagnostic information relating to the condition of the respective machines via the at least one network connection.

Inventors: Reid; Alan J. (Gates Mills, OH), Lofall; Dean A. (Poulsbo, WA)

Assignee: Reid Asset Management Company

International Classification: G05B 19/4063 (20060101); G05B 19/418 (20060101); G05B 19/406 (20060101); G01H 1/00 (20060101); G06F 017/30 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018