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Title:
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING AND UTILISING LOAD MEASUREMENTS IN THE MAINTENANCE OF MACHINE COMPONENTS AND DEVICES RELATING TO PAPERMAKING
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2005/100687
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
The invention concerns a method and a system in the maintenance of machine components, devices and systems relating to papermaking, where the condition, state and/or performance of machine components, devices and systems relating to papermaking are monitored by monitoring systems, which are used for perform­ing load measurements and for collecting load measurement data comprising load measurement signals. In the method according to the invention, the measured load measurement data is processed in such a way that of the load measurement data one or more load characteristics are formed, which express the load directed at the machine component or device being measured. In the method according to the invention, load characteristics determined in real time are used as input informa­tion for an operational reliability model in order to provide an operational reliabil­ity model. The system according to the invention comprises means for processing the measured load measurement data in such a way that of the load measurement data one or more load characteristics are formed, which express the load level directed at the machine part, device, component or system being measured.

Inventors:
Pitkänen, Tatu (Lähteenkuja 1 B 27, JÄRVENPÄÄ, FI-04400, FI)
Lannes, Petteri (Timontie 9, JOKELA, FI-05400, FI)
Vanninen, Rami (Toimelantie 22 A, KELLOKOSKI, FI-04500, FI)
Koskelainen, Jussi (Mallastehtaankatu 16 C 15, Tampere, FI-33270, FI)
Kemppainen, Matti (Temmonkaari 2, Jokela, FI-05400, FI)
Application Number:
PCT/FI2005/050117
Publication Date:
October 27, 2005
Filing Date:
April 13, 2005
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
METSO PAPER, INC. (Fabianinkatu 9 A, HELSINKI, FI-00130, FI)
Pitkänen, Tatu (Lähteenkuja 1 B 27, JÄRVENPÄÄ, FI-04400, FI)
Lannes, Petteri (Timontie 9, JOKELA, FI-05400, FI)
Vanninen, Rami (Toimelantie 22 A, KELLOKOSKI, FI-04500, FI)
Koskelainen, Jussi (Mallastehtaankatu 16 C 15, Tampere, FI-33270, FI)
Kemppainen, Matti (Temmonkaari 2, Jokela, FI-05400, FI)
International Classes:
B65H18/00; D21G9/00; (IPC1-7): D21G9/00
Foreign References:
DE19814407A11998-11-12
DE3539354A11987-05-14
US6363297B12002-03-26
US6629659B12003-10-07
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
FORSSÉN & SALOMAA OY (Eerikinkatu 2, HELSINKI, FI-00100, FI)
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Claims:
Claims
1. Method in the maintenance of machine components, devices and systems re¬ lating to papermaking, wherein the condition, state and/or performance of the ma chine components, devices and systems relating to papermaking are monitored by monitoring systems, which are used to do load measurements and to collect load measurement data comprising load measurement signals, characterised in that in the method the measured load measurement signals are packed into a load meas¬ urement data matrix and in that the measured load measurement data is processed in such a way that of the load measurement data one or more load characteristics are formed expressing the load directed at the machine component or device being measured.
2. Method according to claim 1, characterised in that the formed load character istic expresses the cumulative load accrual (I), the load l&vel (IL) or the change in load level (IR).
3. Method according to claim 1 or 2, characterised in that the method comprises stages, wherein: the measured load measurement signals are packed into a load measurement data matrix (2DML) comprising load measurement signals measured at dif¬ ferent average load values, a first coefficient vector (Mc1) is formed for weighting load measurement data, the load measurement data matrix (2DML) is multiplied by the first coeffi¬ cient vector (Mc1), addition is done of the values of elementary units in the columns of the load measurement data matrix in order to form a onedimensional load measure¬ ment data matrix (IDML), forming of a second coefficient vector (Mc2) for weighting load measurement data, multiplying the onedimensional load measurement data matrix (IDML) by the second coefficient vector (Mc2) in order to form a weighted one dimensional load measurement data matrix, and addition is done of the values of elementaxy units of the weighted one dimensional load measurement data matrix in order to form a cumulative load accrual characteristic (I).
4. Method according to any claim 1 3, characterised in that the load measure¬ ment signals are packed into a load measurement data matrix by using the Rain flow method.
5. Method according to any claim 1 4, characterised in that the values of the first and second coefficient vector (Mc1, Mc2) are chosen depending on whether the object's fatigue, wear or yield durability is to b e measured.
6. Method according to any claim 1 5, characterised in that processing of the load measurement data is performed in real time by an online measuring arrange¬ ment.
7. Method according to any claim 1 6, characterised in that from successive load accrual characteristics (I) the difference is calculated in order to determine the instantaneous load level value (IL).
8. Method according to any claim 1 7, characterised in that from successive instantaneous load level values (IL) the difference; is calculated in order to deter¬ mine the instantaneous load level change value (IO .
9. Method according to any claim 1 8, characterised in that said load charac¬ teristics (I, IL, IR) are preferably determined at regular intervals.
10. Method according to any claim 1 9, characterised in that said cumulative load accrual characteristic (I) and/or load level characteristic (IL) and/or load level change characteristic (IR) is stored in a database (DB) for longterm followup of the load characteristic values.
11. Use of the method according to any claim 1 10, in which method the formed cumulative load accrual characteristic (I) and/or load level characteristic (IL) and/or load level change characteristic (IR) is used for planning predicting maintenance operations, and/or for analysing the load together with process magnitudes, such as the machine speed, the mass of a rotating part and/or the nip force, and/or for other meas¬ urements, such as pressure measurements and/or temperature measurements and/or oscillation measurements and/or measurements of the paper web's quality, and/or as parameters of an operational reliability model, and/or for planning spare parts exchange intervals, and/ox for planning the composition of spare parts stock, and/or for predicting the useful life and wearing of a machine or a machine part or a system or a component.
12. Method according to any claim 1 11, characterised in that alarm limits are established for said cumulative load accrual characteristic (I) and/or load level characteristic (IL) and/or load level change characteristic (IR) and an alarm signal is brought about, when one or more of said load characteristics (I, IL, IR) exceeds or falls short of the established alarm limit value, that is, leaves the permissible range.
13. Method for bringing about an operational reliability model, in which opera¬ tional reliability model criticalness analysis and/or operational reliability analysis is applied, and which is used to produce information in order to predict the dura¬ bility and failure of a papermaking machine's machine parts and components, characterised in that load characteristics determined by a method according to any claim 1 12 in real time are used as input information for the operational reli¬ ability model.
14. Method according to claim 13, characterised in that the operational reliability model is updated constantly based on the load characteristics used as input infor¬ mation.
15. System in the maintenance of machine components and devices relating to papermaking, where the condition, state and/or performance of machine compo¬ nents and devices relating to papermaking are monitored by monitoring systems, which are used for performing load measurements and for collecting load meas¬ urement data comprising load measurement signals, characterised in that in the system the measured load measurement signals are packed into a load measure ment data matrix and in that the system comprises means for processing the load measurement data in such a way that of the load measurement data one or more load characteristics are formed, which express the load level directed at the ma¬ chine part, device, component or system being measured.
16. System according to claim 15, characterised in that the system comprises means for calculating a cumulative load accrual characteristic (I) and/or a load level characteristic (IL) and/or a load level change characteristic (IR).
17. System according to claim 15 or 16, characterised in that the system com prises a computer programme for calculating a cumulative load accrual character¬ istic (I) and/or a load level characteristic (IL) and/or a load level change character¬ istic (IR).
18. System in reeling, which system comprises means for measuring quality in formation of the completed reel, and in connection with the reeler a control sys¬ tem (320, 321, 322) is arranged for determination of the reeling parameters (312), characterised in that the system comprises means (315) for storing reeling pa¬ rameter information (312) and the results (310) of reel quality measurements, that is, the reel's good quality measurements, and their divergence (311) in a data bank (315) and for storing history information of the machine based on this information and for finding out correlations (316) of the reeling parameter information and the reel's quality measurement information.
19. System according to claim 18, characterised in that the system comprises means, which based on magnitudes explaining the reeling bring about a process model based on the reeling parameters, thiat is, a reeling recipe, and the paper grade to be made for forming a state variable as a timecontinuous signal as a ba¬ sis for a correlation check (FIG. 5A).
20. System according to claim 18, characterised in that the system comprises means for forming a conditional distribution based on classifying magnitudes to bring about various state combinations of distributions of classified magnitudes formed according to different combinations of the classifying magnitudes (FIG. 5B).
21. System according to any claim 18 20, characterised in that the system com¬ prises means for combining the process model and the conditional distributions in order to find out the distribution of reeling results as state combinations (FIG. 5C).
Description:
Method and system for performing and utilising load measurements in the main¬ tenance of machine components and devices relating to papermaking

The invention concerns a method and system for performing and utilising load measurements in the maintenance of machine components, devices and systems relating to papermaking, wherein the condition, state and/or performance of ma¬ chine components, devices and systems relating to papermaking are monitored by monitoring systems, which are used to carry out load measurements and collect load measurement data comprising load measurement signals. In addition, the invention concerns a method for creating an operational reliability model, in which operational reliability model a criticamess analysis and/or an operational reliability analysis is applied and which is used to produce information for pre¬ dicting the durability and failure of the machine parts and components of the pa- permaking machine. The invention also concerns a system in reeling, which sys¬ tem comprises means for measuring quality information of the completed reel, and in connection with the reeler a control system is arranged for determination of reeling parameters.

The invention concerns machines and devices to do with papermaking, which are, among others, machines and devices used in the making and after-treatment of pulp, tissue paper, paper and board. The invention is especially concerned with maintenance of these machines and devices and of electric equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic components and automation systems subjected to vibration and oscillation in association with them and with observation of their operation and with supporting the production. The invention can be applied to the maintenance of the mechanical parts of all machines and devices relating to papermaking, and to those places in particular, where significant mechanical loads occur, such as in reelers and calenders. The objective for maintenance operations and production support is to acbrieve a maximum operational reliability and performance at minimum costs. In this con¬ text, maintenance means the following sub-areas, among others: - Proactive maintenance, wherein measurement and analyses to do with failure and wear are carried out, which are used as an attempt to prevent in advance any occurrence of failure, - predicting maintenance comprising condition monitoring and condition test¬ ing, preventive maintenance comprising service at regular intervals, - customer support provided by the device supplier, which advises and gives guidance when required, - trouble-shooting done as a remote measure, wherein the device supplier or some other service contract partner does the trouble determination by utilising remote diagnostic systems, - correcting measures proper, which are taken upon emergence of the failure, - documentation service, which can be, for example, a maintenance service for device documents maintained in a server outside the production plant, and - separate inspections made in order to find out, for example, the wear amd tear of welded joints and machine structures.

Doing various maintenance measurements, such as vibration measurements or load measurements, is a part of the maintenance operations for papermakixig ma¬ chines and equivalent. Maintenance measurements are done in order to detect the objects requiring maintenance measures.

According to the state of the art, the machine supplier may do vibration measure¬ ments or load measurements as a single performance, or when required, Λvhen a trouble situation or a regular inspection calls for a measurement. The results of the measurement are analysed and a decision on further steps is taken based on the results. According to the state of the art, the durability, life span and need for service of machine parts and components relating to papermaking are estimated by critical- ness analyses and operational reliability models, of which the one in most general use is the RCM (RCM, Reliability Centered Maintenance) model. The results ob- tained with the operational reliability model are used for estimating, for example, the probability of failure and exchange frequency of components, and based on these estimates the range and number of spare parts are planned. The results given by today's operational reliability models are not very exact and they do not take into account, for example, changes in the load level caused by the manner of op- eration of machines, such as their running speed.

In the future, the maintenance of a paper or board production plant aims at mov¬ ing over more and more from the traditional maintenance methods in the direction of proactive and predicting maintenance, whereby predicting maintenance meas- ures based on measurements are used to minimise the occurrence of failure and at the same time the losses caused by interruptions in the production.

The present invention aims at presenting a method and system in the maintenance of machine components, devices and systems relating to papermaking, which methods and systems are used for predicting the need for maintenance of me¬ chanical structures.

In addition, the present invention aims at presenting a method and system in the maintenance of machine components, devices and systems relating to papermak- ing, by which method and system the results of load measurements are analysed more exactly than before.

An additional objective of the present invention is to present a method and system in the maintenance of machine components, devices and systems relating to pa- permaking, wherein the load measurement data is utilised more efficiently than before. An additional objective of the present invention is to present a method and system in the maintenance of machine components, devices and systems relating to pa- permaking, with the aid of which cumulative information is collected on the stress exerted on mechanical parts based on load measurements.

One more additional objective of the present invention is to present a method and system in the maintenance of machine components, devices and systems relating to papermaking, wherein load measurement information is used in order to make the operational reliability models more exact.

On the one hand, as regards the state of the art especially relating to the reeling of paper or board webs, various types of reelers are known, and the good quality of the web reels reeled with the aid of these has been monitored, for example, by line cameras and by various kinds of optical meters and video meters and, in addition, attempts have been made to control the good quality of reeling with the aid of reeling parameters. In regard to the state of the art, reference can be made to the published application DE 19814407, which presents an arrangement, wherein a knife's operation is optimised based on an instructed neuro-network.

State-of-the-art reelers based on the latest technology, such as, for example, wire reelers, are complicated in their structure and operation, whereby many circum¬ stances affect the quality of the reel being made, and the relationship between the quality of the reel being made and the reeling parameters is not fully known to date. It is in fact an objective of the invention to provide a system to find out the relationship between the reel's good quality and the reeling parameters.

On the other hand, as is known in the state of the art, the condition of papermak¬ ing and board-making machines is monitored by various condition monitoring methods as remote diagnostics by utilising measuring technology, for example, based on risk analyses. In addition, known in the state of the art are various kinds of insurance services, which are based on risk assessment methods and condition- check measurements of insurance companies.

Insurance companies need, among other things, exact information about the con- dition of the machine/process/plant they have insured. Mere methods of calcula¬ tion for estimating risks and in this way for estimating any realising insurance compensations suffice only partly. As machines and processes are becoming in¬ creasingly complicated, bigger and more efficient, the risk assessment becomes even more difficult. Risks caused by neglected maintenance and other actions are also enormous. Possible damages to the environment and, of course, personal in¬ juries entail a special risk of huge compensations. Since it is difficult to estimate risks, the insurance companies are obliged to overestimate risks hugely, which leads to big insurance premiums. Besides, the insurance companies must be sol¬ vent in order to be able to cope with their payments, should risks come true. More capital than would be necessary is thus tied up in the business operations of insur¬ ance companies. Bigger insurance premiums must thus be charged from the cus¬ tomers due to growing risk estimates and capital expenditure. In spite of all, the business is based on estimates that may go wrong. For this reason, although risks are hugely overestimated, the real compensation liability may become higher than estimated in the real situation. The situation is harmful both for the customer and for the insurance company. The costs of both are big. In addition, the customer may omit to insure some parts of his machines in order to cut costs. This, of course, is a bad thing for the insurance company's business, but it may also in¬ crease the customer's risks beyond control. Under these circumstances it would be advantageous if the matters relating to risks could be measured, if exact informa¬ tion could be gathered into databases and if reports could be made on it in the de¬ sired form. Insurance companies are already doing so in some respects. The insur¬ ance companies have measuring teams, which pay visits to insured objects to in¬ spect them (for example, pressurised vessels and other such). However, these are in the nature of random inspections and they are rare. The business of insurance companies, however, is not actually in the line of measuring, testing or analysing services. Nor are insurance companies likely to have any profound knowledge of the machines they inspect. However, measurements made in situ require much labour and time, which leads to inefficient work and high costs. In fact, big advan¬ tages could be achieved with remote monitoring in insurance-related measure- ments.

It is an additional objective of the invention to bring about a method, where these two factors are combined in such a way that condition monitoring of the paper- making or board-making machine is carried out in such a way that it can be util- ised when insuring the product.

The method according to the invention for maintenance of machine components, devices and systems relating to papermaking is mainly characterised in that the measured load measurement data is processed in such a way that of the load measurement data one or more load characteristics are formed, which express the load exerted on the machine component or device being measured.

The method according to the invention for creating an operational reliability model is characterised in that load characteristics determined in real time are used as input information for the operational reliability model.

The system according to the invention is mainly characterised in that the system comprises means for processing the measured load measurement data in such a way that of the load measurement data one or more load characteristics are formed, which express the load level exerted on the machine part, device, compo¬ nent or system being measured.

The system according to the invention in reeling for its part is mainly character¬ ised in that the system comprises means for storage in a data bank of reeling pa- rameter information and results of reel quality measurements, that is, of measure¬ ments of the reel's good quality, and of their divergence and for storing the ma- chine's history information based on this information and for finding out correla¬ tions between the reeling parameter information and the information on the meas¬ urements of the reel's good quality.

In accordance with the invention, constant load measurements are performed on machine components, devices and/or systems of machine units or structural units at the production plant, and the results of these measurements are processed using strength theory methods, statistical methods or other suitable calculation methods, the Rainflow method preferably. By using said calculation method the measure- ment data is packed into a matrix of a standard size, from which the desired char¬ acteristic figures are determined. In this manner it is possible to determine, for example, a characteristic figure expressing the mechanical load directed at each object being measured. By cumulative collection of determined characteristic fig¬ ures a load history is provided, from which it is possible to predict the future need for maintenance and the useful life of the concerned measured object.

According to the invention, load measurements are performed by a condition monitoring system comprising measurements of machine components and diag¬ nostic units located in connection with structures or separately to monitor in real time the operation of the machine units being measured. A condition monitoring system of this kind is known from the applicant's FI-20040311 Patent Applica¬ tion.

An advantage of the present invention is the possibility to determine the life span and useful life of the production plant's devices with significantly better accuracy than with the state-of-the-art methods, which are based on estimates made of ear¬ lier maintenance actions. It has not been possible in these estimates to take into account, for example, the effects of updates or of changes in the running method on the loads of devices. The method and system according to the invention pro- vide a significant improvement in the planning and implementation of the mainte¬ nance of devices. The basic idea of the present invention is processing of the complex load meas¬ urement data in high quantities into simple characteristics, from which it is possi¬ ble easily to estimate the load directed at machine components, devices and sys¬ tems, the load of operation, the wear of operation, the durability and the life span.

According to an advantageous additional embodiment of the invention, the meas¬ ured and determined load characteristics are connected to chosen process magni¬ tudes, for example, to the machine speed, to the mass of a rotating part, to the nip force, to the efficiency of dewatering, to the temperature, to the pressure or to properties determined from the paper web. From the data determined in this man¬ ner it is possible to analyse the effect of each process magnitude on the load di¬ rected at each examined machine part, device or component, whereby the accu¬ racy of useful life forecasts can be improved even further.

According to another advantageous additional embodiment of the invention, the load characteristics determined by using the method according to the invention are used as input information for an operational reliability model. It is hereby possible in the operational reliability analysis to take into account the real load directed at machine parts, devices, components and systems, whereby the forecasts given by the operational reliability model concerning maintenance become significantly more accurate.

The present invention provides an overall system, which can be used for a reliable prognosis concerning the useful life and failure rate of any machine part, device, component or system under load measurement.

According to an advantageous application of the invention, a system in reeling is formed, wherein the parameters indicating the good quality of the reel of a reeler / a reeler connected to a slitter are collected in a database. In this advantageous em- bodiment of the invention, some quality meter is measured in the reel upon com¬ pletion of the reel. From the reel it is possible to measure, for example, the reel hardness, for example, its average value, and the variation of the reel's hardness profile, that is, the divergence, or a line camera may be used to determine, for ex¬ ample, the shape of the reel end, whereby possible sides or dislocations are found out and in this way determine any variation (divergence) in the shape of the reel end. In addition, by utilising a line camera or some other equivalent measuring method, for example, a laser it is possible to determine the reel's shape profile or measure the tension in the reel's surface layer and the tension profile or utilise traditional quality meters, such as the reject quantity. The information given by these quality meters are read into the system and from this into the process data- base as time-continuous data. Reeling parameters, grade information and other measurement information relating to the reeling environment are also read into the same database of the same system. Based on this information correlation curves are formed between the quality meters, reeling parameters and grade information. The correlation curves for each pair of variables can be presented, for example, in the user interface of the process database, whereby the information provided by them can be utilised in adjustments of the machine. In connection with this em¬ bodiment of the invention it is also possible based on the collected information to form a process model, which shows the effect of reeling parameters on each qual¬ ity meter, and based on the model to search the optimum set of parameters suit- able for each grade to be run and allowing achievement of the best quality meter values. The set of parameters is shown, for example, from the user interface, from which the parameters can be downloaded into the system. As information is col¬ lected continuously on different situations, which are collected in a memory and are modelled, a databank will be formed, which will be updated all the time. Thus, based on this application of the invention it is possible to collect several different variables and also to compare there combinations. Parameters can also be tested with the desired grade of paper, for example, in a test machine, and this informa¬ tion may be utilised in connection with the manufacture proper. An arrangement of this kind can be connected to a new papermaking or board-making machine to be manufactured or it can be joined afterwards in connection with existing reelers. In addition, this system can be joined to the top level control of other processes preceding the reeler in the papermaking or board-making machine.

The application of the invention described above may be used, for example, in wire nip reeling to find out the effect of wire tension, the wire link's depression, wire tension and peripheral force on the reel's tendency to tilt and it may be im¬ plemented, for example, based on clustering and model-based diagnostics observ¬ ing the quality figures and parameters of reeling. It is possible hereby in the user interfaces to present the relative share of the divergence for each signal in the ob- served set of signals in online measurements compared with the modelled situa¬ tion. A known wire nip reeler is presented in the published application WO2004/110909 Al.

In accordance with an advantageous application of the invention, a method is formed, wherein measuring and analysing services are used in insurance compa¬ nies, whereby the method based on remote diagnostics allows delivery of the re¬ sult to the insurance companies, for example, through a web portal. According to this application, such data collection information is used in the measurement, which is known as such or which relates to condition monitoring according to the application of the invention described earlier, and based on this information an estimate is delivered to the insurance company concerning the current condition of the insured object. The measurement information may also be in real time. When based on the condition monitoring information is received about a possible problem, alarms are obtained promptly, whereby it is possible to react preven- tively to risky situations, whereby the quantity of information available for the insurance company increases, whereby insurance premiums can be determined based on real measurement results. The method is suitable for use, for example, in connection with the control of various machines and devices: pressurised vessels, rotating machines, rolls, process pipe systems, hydraulic equipment, working ma- chines, bearings etc. Monitoring is done, for example, in connection with such devices, which may cause personal injuries, or, for example, such devices, which may cause damages to the environment, or, for example, such devices, where a failure may cause material damages. According to this application of the inven¬ tion, objects are observed by using remote diagnostics and in this manner the ob¬ servation by insurance companies is based on information provided by remote diagnostics as are the insurance premiums, which information is preferably pro¬ vided with the aid of a neutral party, whereby the measuring and analysing ser¬ vices will work objectively. If the third party is, for example, a device manufac¬ turer, such advantages are achieved as added-value services and utilisation of the plant and equipment and various remote diagnostic systems develop and, on the other hand, the insurance companies get exact information to support their deci¬ sions and information on possible risky objects. In addition, application of the invention makes it possible for the insurance company to tackle unsatisfactory states of affairs in advance, whereby it can, for example, determine more accurate insurance premiums for those companies, which, for example, do not attend to the condition of their plant and equipment. On the other hand, a customer attending to his plant and equipment may get damages at more advantageous costs. In addi¬ tion, damages will decrease owing to measurements and analyses, when the prob¬ lem can be prevented beforehand, which reduces the expenses of all parties and reduces the risk of human injuries and damages to the environment. This applica- tion of the invention constitutes a business operation method for determination of the insurance premium level for the production plant or machines / devices, where at least a part of the amount of insurance premiums is determined based on the condition monitoring signal given by diagnostics / remote diagnostics or an equivalent signal. The business operation method according to this application of the invention is suitable for determination of risks in the insurance business, where the risk management utilises the condition monitoring signal received from the production plant / machines / devices / components by condition monitoring measurement, whereby the business operations can utilise the condition monitor¬ ing/remote diagnostics provided by the device manufacturer, to which such a fea- ture is added, which charts how big the insurance risk is, and/or on the other hand, as regards the insurance company it is possible to utilise the condition monitoring measurements even otherwise performed on the insured object in order to deter¬ mine the insurance risk and thus the insurance premiums.

In the following, the invention will be described in greater detail by referring to the figures shown in the appended drawing, but there is no intention to limit the invention narrowly to the details shown in the figures.

Figure 1 shows an example of a measuring and data collecting system arranged in connection with a papermaking machine for implementation of the method ac- cording to the invention.

Figure 2 illustrates processing of load measurement data and calculation of load characteristics by using the method according to the invention.

Figure 3 A shows a cumulative load accrual curve determined by the method ac¬ cording to the invention.

Figure 3B shows an instantaneous load level curve determined by the method ac¬ cording to the invention.

Figure 3C shows a load level change curve determined by the method according to the invention.

Figure 4 is a schematic view of an application of the invention for a system for finding out the quality indicators of a reel.

Figures 5A-5C show some applications for use in process control in connection with the system according to Figure 4.

In Figure 1, an example is shown of a measuring and data collection system, which can be used for implementation of the method according to the invention. In Figure 1, a papermaking line's 100 unit, which in this example is a reeler unit 105, is equipped with one or more diagnostic units 110, which belong to a condi¬ tion monitoring system and which are used in the method according to the inven¬ tion for collecting load measurement data. The diagnostic unit 110 is used to measure the loading of machine parts, devices, components and systems at those places in particular, where significant load levels occur. The diagnostic unit 110 is preferably used, besides for load measurements, also for measuring other magni¬ tudes indicating the mechanical condition, such as driving times, frictions and oscillations. The data collected by diagnostic unit 110 is transferred to a data col- lecting system, which in this example is a data-collecting unit 120. Data- collecting unit 120 preferably obtains data relating to the condition monitoring also from the production plant's condition monitoring unit 130, from performance meters 140 and from quality measurements 150.

Data-collecting unit 120 comprises a database, wherein data collected from the diagnostic unit 110 and from other condition monitoring systems is stored. Also other data, which can be obtained from the production plant for papermaking and which can be utilised in the method according to the invention, may be supplied to the data-collecting unit 120. The data-collecting unit 120 preferably transmits data to a messaging system, that is an SMAI unit 160 (SMAI, Solution for Messaging and Application Integration), which is a messaging system developed by the ap¬ plicant for processing data relating to failure rates, among other things, and for transferring the data to a remote service centre 200 by way of firewalls 170, 210 over a data transmission connection 180.

The data collecting unit 120 described above is a functional entity, which may be a separate unit comprising the required processor capacity for data processing and the required memory capacity as well as database functions for storing data, or its functions can be included in connection with units of another condition monitor- ing system or in connection with the SMAI unit 160. The messaging system, that is, SMAI unit 160, is located at the production plant, for example, in connection with other information systems or at some other suit¬ able place, where data communication connections can be arranged both to the diagnostic units 110 and to other condition monitoring systems and also to the remote service centre 200. The required data transmission connections may be arranged as wire-line or wireless connections by applying technology known as such. SMAI unit 160 may also be in connection with the production plant's 100 plant data system 155. The plant data system 155 collects, processes and main¬ tains information relating to the follow-up and management of the production plant's 100 production. Alternatively, a connection between SMAI unit 160 and plant data system 155 may also be arranged through data-collecting unit 120 (dashed line in Figure 1).

The data collected by the method according to the invention can be processed in the production plant's data systems or in the remote service centre's 200 data sys¬ tems 220, 230, 240, if the production plant 100 is connected to a remote service operation. The services and actions 300 provided by the remote service centre 200 for the production plant comprise, among other things, process support, remote trouble-shooting, condition tests, service level agreements and guarantee follow- up. To support these functions it is preferable to use the load characteristics de¬ termined by the method and system according to the invention.

The invention may also be utilised with the aid of a measurement system of an¬ other kind than the one described above. It is then a precondition that load meas- urement data collected in real time is available.

With the aid of an example Figure 2 illustrates different stages in the processing of load measurement data measured by a measuring and data-collecting system. At stage 1, measurement of the load signal is performed and possibly necessary pre-processing steps are taken with the measurement signal, such as filtration. The load signal comprises, for example, for a one-hour period 3.6 million samples and it is measured, for example, at a sampling frequency of 1000 samples/s. In prac¬ tice, it is not possible to process such a big quantity of data as such.

At stage 2, the measurement data is packed, for example, by the Rainflow method known as such, or by some other applicable equivalent method into a table, that is, a matrix, of a standard size. In the example shown in Figure 2, each column in the load measurement data matrix comprises load peaks of a certain height and each line is measured at a different average load level. In this example, the average load level of the measured object is classified on the lines of the load measure- ment data matrix into classes - 30... +70 kN of a uniform size, and the range of variation of load peaks in the columns is 0.. .32 kN.

There may be several load measurement data matrixes, if it is desired to examine separately the machine's different states of operation, for example, the different sequence parts with a reeler. In the box showing stage 2 in Figure 2, an example is shown of a load measurement data matrix 2D-ML and a coefficient vector Mc1 packed into a matrix of the Rainflow type. In order to utilise data packed in such a form it must be converted further into a form more easily processed.

At stage 2, the data of the load measurement data matrix 2D-ML is processed by multiplying the values of the elementary units of the matrix by coefficient vector Mc1, which weights every value of each line. The values of the elementary units of coefficient vector Mc1 are chosen depending on whether the object's fatigue, wear or yield durability is to be measured. Multiplying by the coefficient vector Mc1 will weight, for example, higher load peaks more than low peaks and takes into account the effect of average load when close to the yield limit of the meas¬ ured object. As a consequence of multiplication by coefficient vector Mc1, that information of the data of load measurement data matrix 2D-ML , which is correct in terms of strength theory, is preserved. The values of the coefficient vector can be calculated using a suitable formula, for example, by using a windowing func¬ tion. At stage 3, the values of each column in the load measurement data matrix are added together, whereby the load peaks measured at each average load are summed. Thus, a 1-dimensional load measurement data matrix ID-ML is formed, of which an example is shown in Figure 2 in the box presenting stage 3.

At stage 4, the 1-dimensional load measurement data matrix ID-ML is multiplied by coefficient vector Mc2, the values of the latter' s elementary units being chosen depending on whether the object's fatigue, wear or yield durability is to be meas¬ ured. The result obtained is a 1-dimensional vector, and the values of the vector's elementary units are shown as a descriptor in the box presenting stage 5. In the descriptor, the horizontal axis indicates the height of the load peak weighted ac¬ cording to the average load, whereas the vertical axis indicates the number of load peaks of each height, that is, the cumulative accrual of load peaks of each height.

At stage 6, an addition is done of the elementary units of the vector calculated at stage 4, which corresponds with the integration of the surface area of the curve shown at stage 5. This results in one characteristic, that is, a characteristic I indi¬ cating the cumulative load accrual and representing the load rate or wear rate di¬ rected at the measured object by the measured force.

The actions of stages 1 - 6 described above are preferably repeated at regular in¬ tervals, for example, once a minute, an hour or per operational sequence of the machine, whereby a new value is determined for the cumulative load accrual characteristic I. In this manner, the cumulative load accrual characteristics I de- termined at different moments are collected in a process database DB at stage 7 shown in Figure 2. The collected information can be presented, for example, as a load history curve, like the one shown in a box at stage 7, wherein the cumulative load accrual characteristic I is shown as a function of time. Said descriptor is de¬ scribed in greater detail in connection with the description of Figure 3 A. Besides the stages presented in Figure 2, the matrixes to be processed are adapted to have mutually suitable sizes, when required, so that they can be used for im¬ plementation of the necessary mathematical operations. The adaptation is done by methods known as such, for example, by interpolation.

The following is a description in greater detail of characteristics determined by the method according to the invention, whose descriptors are presented in Figures 3A, 3B and 3C.

Figure 3 A shows a cumulative load accrual characteristic I determined by the method according to the invention as a function of time. The cumulative load ac¬ crual characteristic I tells how great a totalled load has been directed at the meas¬ ured object during the time when load measurement data has been collected on the measured object.

By determination of a difference quotient between two sample points on the cu¬ mulative load accrual characteristic's history curve, which with a constant sample interval corresponds with the difference, the instantaneous load level is found out. Figure 3B shows the descriptor of the load level value IL indicating this instanta- neous load level as a function of time. The load level value IL expresses what level of loading is directed at the measured object at each moment, and alarm limits may be established for it. In this manner an alarm is brought about, when an in¬ stantaneous load indicating a trouble situation rises to be higher than the alarm limit value.

By further determination of another derivative from the curve indicating a load level value as shown in Figure 3B, the rate and direction of change in the load level are found out. Figure 3C shows a curve indicating the rate of change in the load level thus determined as a function of time. It can be seen in the load level change curve IR in which direction the load is developing and at which rate the development is proceeding. In a normal situation, the change curve of the load level should be even and the change values of the load level should be close to zero. Alarm limits may also be established for the load level change value IR, and according to these limits an alarm will be set off to the operator, the maintenance operation and/or the remote service centre, when the alarm limits are exceeded.

The system according to the invention for processing load measurement signals comprises means for processing the measured load measurement data in such a way that one or more load characteristics are formed of the load measurement data, which express the load level directed at the machine part, device, component or system forming the measured object. The processing is provided by a computer programme suitable for the purpose.

According to an advantageous additional embodiment of the invention, the meas¬ ured/determined load characteristics are connected to chosen process magnitudes, for example, to the machine speed, to the mass of a rotating part or to the nip force, or to other measurements, such as pressure measurements, temperature measurements, oscillation measurements or to quality measurements of the paper web. From the data thus determined it is possible to analyse the effect of each process magnitude on the load of the examined object, whereby it is possible to improve even further the accuracy of useful life forecasts. For example, when running with great nip loads, it is possible to determine the future need for ex¬ change of machine parts or components.

According to another advantageous embodiment of the invention, the load charac- teristics determined by the method according to the invention are used as input information to an operational reliability model for the machine part, device, com¬ ponents or system forming the measured object or to a system estimating the op¬ erational reliability, such as an RCM (RCM, Reliability Centered Maintenance) system, or in other corresponding systems used for determination of the opera- tional reliability of devices relating to papermaking. Criticalness analysis and op¬ erational reliability analysis is applied in the operational reliability model. The operational reliability determination is used to predict the failure interval of ma¬ chine parts, devices and components and the resulting optimum exchange fre¬ quency, and with its aid it is possible, for example, to determine the necessary stock of spare parts. It is especially important to determine the need for spare parts of critical components, whose failure can interrupt the entire production.

By updating, preferably constantly, the criticalness analysis programme, the op¬ erational reliability model or the operational reliability system by load characteris¬ tics determined by on-line measurements a significantly more reliable forecast than before is obtained of the life span of machine parts, devices and components. Different loads and different ways of running machine parts, devices and compo¬ nents of a corresponding kind cause wearing and ageing of their machine parts or components at different rates. The load characteristics determined according to the present method are taken into account in the operational reliability model, whereby the life span forecast for the examined machine part, device or compo¬ nent will be correspondingly updated. In this manner significant savings are ac¬ hieved, when earlier wear of the machine part, device, system or component can be better predicted when the operating conditions are tougher than usual and the wear can be taken into account in the predicting maintenance. Correspondingly, savings are achieved when trie running conditions have been less loading than usual and the time for servicing/exchanging the machine parts can be postponed.

According to Figure 4, the quality measurement results 310 of a reel, such as measurement results concerning the shape, hardness profile etc., as well as infor- mation on the divergence 311 of these quality measurement results are transferred to a database 315, to which database 315 information is also supplied on the reel¬ ing parameters 312 used, whereby it is possible to find out the con-elation 316 between the reeling parameters 312 and the reel's quality measurements 310. The information 310, 312 is collected in a database 315 concerned with the entire his- tory of the machine. Added to the reeling parameter information 312 is informa¬ tion relating to various measurements 320, for example, relating to the web ten- sion 322 and to the divergence of measurement results, which are modelled 321 and adjusted according to the reeling process.

In the application shown in Figure 5 A of the system shown in Figure 4, grade- specific information is obtained on the effect of various reeling recipes on the reel's hardness or other equivalent characteristic. With the reeling recipe the reel¬ ing parameters are determined in such a way that the quality of the reel being formed is good. The model is based on explaining magnitudes, such as speed, web tension, linear load, wire tension, distance, sag, peripheral force, paper density in the basis weight and other such grade variables, which based on the process model, for example, a cluster model, are processed in such a way that information is obtained on the state of the reeling recipe and paper grade combination and on the difference from that state from the model based on the diagnostics, whereby the state variable information is collected as a time-continuous signal and a corre- lation check is carried out on the quality variables of reeling, that is, for example, the reel density and hardness.

Figure 5B shows an application of the method according to Figure 4, where in¬ formation is obtained on the effect of different parameters on the reel hardness or equivalent, where the classifying magnitudes, for example, the linear load and the wire tension, and, on the other hand, the magnitudes to be classified, such as the paper density and other grade variables concerning it, are supplied as conditional distribution information into a conditional histogram, whereby distributions of classified magnitudes formed according to different combinations of the classify- ing magnitudes are brought about, based on which it is possible to form histo¬ grams concerning different state combinations as a function of the classified mag¬ nitude.

In connection with Figure 5C an application is shown, wherein a different recipe is obtained and the effect of grade combinations, for example, on the reel hard¬ ness. The applications according to Figures 5A and 5B are combined here, whereby a histogram is obtained, which is formed according to the result of reel¬ ing, that is, through the reel density the distribution of hardness according to dif¬ ferent points of operation, that is, different reeling recipes and grade combinations and different state combinations according to the classified magnitude.

In the foregoing, the invention has been described "by referring to some of its ad¬ vantageous embodiments only, but there is no intention to limit the invention nar¬ rowly to their details. Many modifications and variations are possible within the scope of the inventive idea defined in the following claims.