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Several IMS systems have been developed in recent years and are available "off the shelf" for a reasonable price. Experience indicates that up to 80% of a system can be utilized without modification. It should be recognized, however, that the greatest cost of implementation of an IMS will be in developing a data base of high quality information for the IMS and in training plant staff to use the IMS. Some modification is necessary to customize the system to existing plant processes. In such cases, it may be more effective to change the plant processes to fit the system.
3. Rotating Equipment Diagnostics The final example of nuclear plant monitoring and diagnostics applications is critical rotating equipment, such as the reactor coolant pump, turbine and generator. As in the other examples, the requirements is rotating equipment diagnostics are unique. This is high demand equipment that must reliably operate for months at a time. Malfunctions can develop quickly, impact the equipment, and cause extended forced outages. In such a case the addition of sensors and other monitoring devices can be easily cost justified.
Streamlined RCM techniques accounted for saving of up to 60% of the time required to perform the FMEA portion of the system analysis for systems of similar size and complexity. For these approaches to work successfully, the basis for determining system function importance must be very clear and objective. ). For each generic component type a template was developed which identified the most applicable and effective preventive maintenance tasks and associated task frequency considering several component characteristics such as equipment frequency of usage, service environment, and functional importance.