Complex machinery which bears loads over large distances requires a large capital outlay to monitor condition at many points. Hand-held monitoring units necessitate knowledgeable operators and are of limited use when applications involve areas inaccessible during operation. This paper presents the idea of deploying a ‘smart parcel’ to navigate the process, reporting on performance. Equipment was mounted on a receptacle belonging to such a machine, and sound data was recorded for later analysis. Frequencies present were compared with component characteristic frequencies in order to ascertain robustness of method as compared to traditional installations. The presence of common information and also some that are not obtainable by other means has rendered the theory a viable proposal.

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