By Tim Russell, TSI, Inc.
A facility monitoring system (FMS) is a process monitoring tool that collects data from sensors such as optical particle counters, differential pressure sensors, and temperature probes in realtime. Acronyms are independent monitoring system (IMS) or environmental monitoring system (EMS). Software presents that data as information; real-time alarms notify facility operators of alert limits to enable an immediate response to an unwanted event or excursion. Reports and trend graphs can be produced.
This information can then be used to help improve process understanding and enhance process knowledge. The quality of the data input into the facility monitoring system will directly impact the quality of the process information and knowledge gained from the system.