A good condition monitoring system is the heart of any predictive maintenance program.
Condition monitoring systems do much more than just collect data about your equipment. They also analyze that data and help your teams make smart decisions.
Every system is different, but most condition monitoring systems have four main components: sensors; handheld tools; software; and services.
Wireless sensors mount directly on your equipment, where they collect data on vibration emissions, temperature, and other indicators of health. The best sensors can pick up on machine faults months before the faults become serious enough to cause a breakdown.
Sensors stream that data to your computing system, so that it can be analyzed for signs of trouble. Analytic software can spot patterns and alert your team at the first sign that your assets are developing a problem.
The Fluke 3563 Analysis vibration sensor system combines a high-frequency wireless vibration and temperature sensor with a data analytics program. The system is easy to use right out of the box. Its dashboard includes a summary of data on all the assets being monitored. The system also sends alerts whenever your assets cross a threshold and show signs of defects.
The Fluke 3563 also comes with built-in support from the Fluke team of vibration experts. Users have access to training and mentoring, as well as assistance with everything from installation to monitoring.
Sensors can measure more than just vibration and temperature. Depending on your industry, you may need to include power monitoring, oil analysis, and ultrasound sensors in your condition monitoring system.
Vibguard IIoT is a comprehensive condition monitoring system designed for machine parks. Vibguard uses up to 20 parallel channels to monitor just about every kind of signal input, including vibration levels, tacho pulse, temperature, and torque.
VIBGUARD automatically measures and processes data like time signal, characteristic value, FFT spectrum, and torque in near real-time. The system’s speed makes it a natural choice for monitoring equipment with short operating cycles or dynamic processes.
Handheld vibration monitoring tools can perform route-based data collection or help technicians troubleshoot whenever a problem comes up.
They don’t collect data continuously, the way wireless sensors do. But handheld tools are invaluable for carrying out inspections in the field, or for getting to the bottom of a problem in the plant. Some handheld tools also store data, making it easier to identify patterns in your asset’s vibration emissions. Some handheld tools also have displays that guide technicians through fixing balance issues.
The Fluke 810 can identify common machine faults like misalignment, unbalance, looseness, and bearing issues. The tool’s display is easy to read and labels faults in clear English, according to severity level. It also guides technicians on fixing the issue.
Other handheld tools, like the VibScanner 2 EX , are designed to work in hazardous areas. VibScanner EX is explosion protected and shock proof. It works quickly and accurately, and technicians can operate it while wearing protective gloves. Its graphic display is easy to read and understand, even for employees who don’t have a strong technical background.
Data is not enough on its own. A solid condition monitoring system also needs the tools to analyze that data. That’s why software analytics are so important.
The Fluke LIVE-Asset Portal software organizes and analyzes data so that teams can always spot new and developing faults in their rotating machinery. The software identifies the root causes of defects and issues alerts whenever machines exceed certain parameters. It also guides users to the best next-step actions.
OmniTrend wraps all the functions you need into one, central location. Reporting, diagnostics, archiving, and data management are all available. Analyze data from handheld tools or from wireless sensors. The software platform is easy to use. The system automatically stores historic data and uses it to make in-depth diagnostics about your machine health, so that your team knows exactly how to correct issues.
Many plants operate with a labor shortage and may lack the expertise necessary to run a successful condition monitoring program. That’s why services are a key element in any condition monitoring program.
Fluke’s team of condition monitoring experts is available to guide your operation through installation and help with ongoing monitoring. They are also on-hand for troubleshooting, training, and mentoring. The team provides help on either a one-time basis or as part of an ongoing partnership.