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Online Vibration, Ultrasound & Temperature Data Integration Monitoring

Dave Leach | Condition Monitoring Application Engineer, LUDECA

In today’s modern world information is found all around us and it is available at the simple push of a button; 24/7/365. Machine condition monitoring systems (online systems) have been around for quite a while, but they have typically been reserved for the most critical and most expensive machines at a facility. These critical assets typically comprise of a small number of the total assets at most manufacturing plants. The majority of machines fall under the walk around monitoring approach. If a condition monitoring program is being conducted at a world-class level then each machine is being tested monthly, however at most manufacturing facilities manpower constraints restrict monitoring to quarterly or in some cases once or twice a year.

Machines which have been historically confined to a walk around type programs can now be monitored successfully using an online system. These systems can monitor and trend vibration levels as well as monitor and trend ultrasound and temperature. The online systems can be configured to deliver a machines alarm status directly to the plant process control system. This allows the machine operator to take the necessary corrective actions. The alarm status can also be delivered to a maintenance supervisor via cell phone message or by email. Using online systems to monitoring the health status of your process equipment will allow the identification of problems early with minimal manpower so that catastrophic failures can be prevented which ultimately leads to less machine downtime for repairs and increased cost savings.

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Adriaan Meyer
Adriaan Meyer
4 years ago

We do condition monitoring on electrical motors and would like to know if there is online capturing equipment available that can capture inrush and startup data online in real time and send it via cell phone or email to us

Dave Leach
Dave Leach
3 years ago
Reply to  Adriaan Meyer

PdMA and SKF both have MCA instruments that have the ability to capture inrush, however I’m not sure if they can email the information.

Mark Lynskey
Mark Lynskey
3 years ago
Reply to  Adriaan Meyer

SKF(Baker…soon to be Meggar) have a system with online and route based options.

About the Author

Dave Leach Condition Monitoring Application Engineer, LUDECA

Dave Leach is a Condition Monitoring and Vibration Specialist with LUDECA Inc., a leading provider of alignment, ultrasound, vibration analysis and balancing equipment. Dave has several certifications in CBM technologies (vibration analysis, ultrasound, infrared, etc.). In addition, Dave is a SMRP Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technician (CMRT).