Why it matters:
Monitoring complex machinery with many components in the smallest spaces requires understandable and meaningful visualization. On a gearbox, you need a comprehensible machine sketch that displays all monitored components, such as bearings, shafts, and gears. This allows you to identify bad-acting components at a glance without wasting time checking data of properly operating machine parts.
The best approach:
The solution is an interface that allows users to be informed and not puzzled. Monitoring systems that follow the latest software ergonomics guidelines allow users to zoom from the machine view to the component view, and finally, to the analysis and its diagnostics results. This should not take more than three mouse clicks. Ask your potential vendor if they offer a component centric user interface to provide maximum ease-of-use.