RESULTS: Novaspect saved the customer over $18 K on installation cost of wireless versus hard-wired. Trending data and alerts enable maintenance personnel to recognize problems in advance and avoid shutdowns. Operators no longer risk falling near towers during winter weather while taking manual readings. APPLICATION Power plant cooling tower motor and gearbox vibration monitoring. CUSTOMER Large midwestern coal-fueled power plant features two units with a total generation capacity of more than 1,100 megawatts. CHALLENGE Customer was experiencing high noise and variable frequency drive interference making any measurement difficult near cooling towers. In addition, no gearbox readings could be taken while.