Siemens provides online condition monitoring for predictive maintenance for NASA at the Armstrong Flight Center

  • Online condition monitoring for NASA’s cooling plants
  • Subscription data services for continuous analysis
  • Reduction in cost through better maintenance efficiency and higher asset reliability
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 7:37 am EDT



Siemens Plant Data Services completed the installation of an online monitoring solution to assess the status of critical assets at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center situated on Edwards US Airforce base in California. The data based subscription service provides expert analysis and actionable recommendations to support predictive maintenance.


The reliability of the cooling plants’ chiller room and cooling systems are mission-critical for NASA. NASA wanted to upgrade their monitoring capabilities to provide maintenance managers greater visibility into the performance of assets such as fans, pumps, air handlers, and cooling towers. In addition to upgrading the Center’s monitoring devices, NASA also sought to increase transparency of the system’s performance data and gain insights for potential improvements in service/maintenance management and reduced operating costs.


Siemens evaluated the onsite requirements for the data based subscription and installed a data acquisition system to measure vibration and speed information for the selected critical assets. The measured data is transferred via a secure internet connection to the Siemens Expert Center where data evaluation is performed through automated algorithms backed by experienced data analysts. This evaluation is powered by Azima DLI, provider of predictive maintenance analytical services and products for reliability, availability and uptime. In case of any significant status change of an asset, automatic notifications are sent to NASA and an analyst for review.


This data based service brings a new kind of asset transparency to NASA providing updates through web based cockpits for PC or mobile devices. The detailed analysis can identify developing failures in their early stages and significantly reduce troubleshooting time. Furthermore it increases asset uptime by supporting predictive maintenance. Overall NASA anticipates a reduction in cost through better maintenance efficiency and higher asset reliability.


Siemens Plant Data Services provides a framework for using our customer’s production and machine data to identify opportunities for productivity and reliability improvement as well as increasing transparency of their industrial processes.


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For more information on additional projects with NASA visit: NASA satellite testing and Mars Rover.


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