The power generation sector has traditionally been one of the most enthusiastic and proactive users of condition monitoring technology to ensure machine health. This encompasses not only the primary generating equipment – typically steam, gas, wind, and hydro turbines – but also ancillary equipment or so called “balance of plant”. While the primary equipment has employed continuous, online systems since at least the 1970s, the balance of plant equipment has historically been addressed through either calendar-based preventive maintenance strategies, run-to-failure strategies, or – beginning in the mid-1980s – route-based portable data collection strategies.

Most users in the power generation sector elected a “conventional” delivery model where they were responsible for purchasing all necessary instrumentation and computing infrastructure to collect machinery data, and then using that data themselves to detect and correct machinery issues. More recently, new delivery models have emerged – primarily outside of the power generation sector – whereby machine health is delivered as a service in a so-called “outcome-based” model that places responsibility for infrastructure costs, data collection, and data interpretation on the shoulders of a service provider. The service is provided under a monthly subscription and the user is responsible only for responding to identified machinery issues rather than looking for machinery issues via in-house condition monitoring. This new model holds tremendous promise for the power generation sector, having proven itself in numerous industries including food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, refining, automotive, forest products, and more.

In this webinar, Bently Nevada’s Madeline Spencer and Jesse Hanna explore the problems inherent in the various historically popular delivery models and how today’s leading-edge practitioners are overcoming these problems with a rightsized combination of both in-house teams and subscription based services to find a new equilibrium point for optimal value.
  • The incumbent and emerging delivery models for machinery health solutions
  • The problems and challenges with incumbent delivery models
  • The benefits of the emerging “outcome-based” subscription models
  • The results delivered under outcome-based models
Jesse Hanna
Product Leader – Asset Health Solutions at Bently Nevada
Jesse joined Bently Nevada in 2007 and has held a variety of roles in mechanical design engineering, application engineering, product management, and service leadership. He is currently responsible for packaged solutions delivered as a service, focused on enabling optimized management of production equipment health. In addition to his Bently Nevada roots, Jesse gained broad experience across the larger Baker Hughes portfolio as part of a 3-year professional development rotation where he held leadership roles in services and product management spanning turbomachinery, control systems, and digital solution offerings. He then re-joined Bently Nevada in his current role.

Jesse holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University. He is based in Houston, TX.
Madeline Spencer
Product Manager at Bently Nevada
Madeline came to Bently Nevada in 2019 as part of Baker Hughes’ ASPIRE internship program, and quickly transitioned into a full-time role along with completion of the full ASPIRE program for equipping high-potential young leaders with cross-functional experiences. In her role as a Bently Nevada Product Manager, she is responsible for the company’s Machine Health offering, an outcome-based subscription service targeting lower criticality assets across numerous industries. This offering marries wireless IIoT technology with advanced Machine Learning AI and CAT III or IV vibration analysts to deliver highly actionable, human-vetted machinery health insights to customers.

Madeline holds a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is based in Minden, NV.
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor, POWER magazine
Aaron Larson joined the POWER team in September 2013 as an associate editor and was named executive editor in 2017. Aaron has a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering technology and a master’s degree, specializing in finance. He spent 13 years in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program, advancing to Chief Petty Officer. He has worked at commercial nuclear, biomass, and coal-fired power plants, functioning in operations, maintenance, safety, financial, and management capacities. Aaron holds a Chief A Engineer boiler operator license in the state of Minnesota.
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