A Health Monitor for Machines

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Sensor-Works latest product is the BluVib wireless machine condition sensor. Measuring both vibration and temperature data, the Machine Condition Sensor combines a sensor, data collector, data analysis and low power wireless communication into a compact, self-powered housing.

Data are transmitted using the latest Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Low Power standard in order to optimise and extend battery life. Multiple BluVib sensors can communicate with a gateway device (BluGate), which enables connection to a wired Ethernet network. Alternatively, each sensor can communicate with any mobile computing device with Bluetooth connectivity. This allows data to be collected on a pre-programmed route, in situations where a network connection is undesirable or unavailable. For ease of use and to make data analysis simple and straightforward, BluVib is supported by BluTrend, a software package that provides the core functionality of an on-line monitoring system such as trending, alert/alarm indication and full analysis capability.

BluVib, BluGate and BluTrend combine to produce a powerful machinery monitoring package that is low-cost, quick to install and easy to use. They are used primarily in process industries where common applications are monitoring of motors, fans, pumps, gearboxes etc. The devices provide overall values of vibration, bearing condition and temperature (often referred to as process variables in the industry) as well as high resolution spectra of vibration and bearing envelope. BluVib also has an on-board demodulator function for bearing envelope detection.

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As ease of use and integration into existing systems is a necessity, the device mounts, via a screw thread, directly onto the machine which it is monitoring. In addition to BluTrend, the hardware is supported by additional software to enable straightforward interfacing with customers own, or third-party, monitoring and asset management systems.

Condition Monitoring

Even the most thorough & comprehensive routine maintenance program cannot stop faults developing in machinery. Worst-case scenario is that faults lead to unexpected failures before your next scheduled maintenance outage.

Condition Monitoring puts you in the driving seat to actively prevent breakdowns and optimise maintenance resources where and when they are needed. It makes you able to assess the health of a machine by periodic monitoring and analysis of data obtained during operation trending the results against levels of acceptability. Efficient, non-intrusive to the production process and with the proven potential to save thousands of pounds in secondary damage, lost production and unnecessary maintenance Condition Monitoring is the proven, preventative maintenance approach for early fault detection and prevention in all types of production machinery.

Condition monitoring provides detailed information about the health of plant machinery, alerting maintenance personnel to when components or lubrication starts to deteriorate so that preventative maintenance can be appropriately scheduled to avoid costly downtime and expensive emergency repairs.

The benefits of such a highly-sophisticated, prognostic maintenance tool are that it can be employed to not only recognise developing faults within a machine, but to identify factors within a machine that will cause these faults to develop in the first place.

The bigger picture is that a combined technology approach can be utilised to dramatically increase machine operating life, productivity and ultimately, business profitability.

Contact us today. We are condition monitoring professionals, able to discuss your individual maintenance and engineering requirements and offer solutions for implementing condition monitoring work or managing a reliability focused maintenance strategy.