A Full Suite of Machine Health Solutions Introduced

Dr. M. David Howard | CEO, Erbessd Instruments

What are the primary applications of the Phantom, WiSER3x and DragonVision software? How do they complement each other as a full suite of machine health solutions?

Mastering your machine health requires more than one tool. As reliability professionals we all know that it takes the right tool for the job. There is no one silver bullet in machine health management. As an example, one wouldn’t use a laser alignment system to resolve an imbalance issue. Within our portfolio we have worked with our customers to develop solutions that address the vast majority of machine health management issues. The Phantom series of wireless machine health monitoring sensors was designed to offer a wireless machine health monitoring solution for far more than just vibration and temperature measurement. Phantom includes sensors for monitoring nearly all machine health and process variables. Whether you need to measure energy consumption, lubricant quality, vibration, temperature, pressure, flow, or thermographic images Phantom takes online monitoring to a whole new level…and its wireless and secure.  WiSER 3X is our wireless portable route and off-route based data collector. When paired with your mobile device, or tablet WiSER 3X eliminates the wires and is 25-40% faster than competitive triaxial vibration data collectors. WiSER 3X is also a multipurpose tool…it can be used for balancing, and as a NIST traceable calibration reference for our award winning DragonVision Video Deflection Analysis Software. DragonVision gives our customers the ability to use any camera to create motion magnification and video vibration analysis models. As you can see the series of products we design, manufacture, and distribute are useful alone, but when combined they offer a fully integrated asset health monitoring and management ecosystem.

How does DragonVision work and what sets it apart in the industry?

DragonVision is uniquely different than any other competitor’s product because it allows the user to use any camera…even your cell phone. In fact, using an iPhone recording at 240fps can identify and amplify most common machine faults including but not limited to imbalance, misalignment, looseness, resonance, and soft foot. DragonVision also uses a NIST traceable calibration reference accelerometer. This is a unique feature that absolutely sets DragonVision apart from competitive systems. We decided to use a NIST traceable accelerometer calibration method because our customers demand accuracy, repeatability, and reliability. While focal distance calibration is good, it is primarily a displacement only calibration method, whereas there is no arguing with the accuracy, repeatability, or reliability of NIST traceable accelerometer usage for calibration…we have been doing this with traditional ODS models in our DigivibeMX software for decades.

How do these solutions integrate securely into analyzing software?

The three products integrate seamlessly into our DigivibeMX Windows Analytical Software Suite, as well as our early warning and fault detection system which is ISO:27001 certified, and FIPS 140-2 certified. These two certifications are the gold standard for customer data security within the industry…they are equivalent to HIPPA for machine health. This integration gives the power of all the tools to the reliability professional at their desk, on-the-road, and in the palm of their hand using our WiSER Vibe Pro Mobile Application.

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Dr. M. David Howard CEO, Erbessd Instruments

M. David Howard  is an American entrepreneur, a veteran of the United States Air Force, and respected leader in the predictive maintenance industry. David is an avid CrossFit® athlete, CrossFit® CF-L1 Trainer and passionate advocate of revolutionary concepts in the wireless instrumentation and the IIoT communities for the maintenance & reliability industries.

Dr. Howard is a native of South Glens Falls, New York and a graduate of Excelsior College, Capella University, & Charter University with degrees in Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Leadership, & Organizational Management, & Engineering Management. David is a Certified Reliability Engineer, Six-Sigma Black Belt & Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional. David is the CEO of Erbessd Instruments and is responsible for Strategic Direction, Distribution, Sales, Marketing and Operations worldwide.