Invaluable Data Allows Our Client to Avoid System Downtime
In early 2016, one of our clients was monitoring a Cooling Tower fan gearbox using the Uptime Solutions wireless vibration monitoring system. The advanced wireless technology that the Uptime Solutions system utilizes allowed the user to track a defect on a 24/7 scale.
After closely monitoring, the client was able to determine if the equipment was going to be able to run at normal capacity until scheduled downtime during which they could make the necessary fixes and changes. Because of the speed and accuracy of the data that the Uptime Solutions wireless monitoring system provides, the decision was made to permanently install the Uptime Solutions vibration monitoring system on all of the Cooling Tower fan gearboxes.
The success of the installation has led to growth into other areas of the site including feed water pumps, Kamyrs, Paper machines, Pulp mills, and more. Uptime Solutions’ versatility allows our condition monitoring system to be applicable to any industry.
Wireless Vibration Monitoring Systems
Triaxial wireless vibration monitoring sensors give you three vibration monitoring sensors in one. One sensor provides you with Horizontal, Vertical, and Axial position readings, and there is no need for cables. Sounds great! But why would you need this? What are the benefits to using wireless triaxial vibration sensors for vibration diagnostics?
By using a triaxial sensor the analyst can detect a misaligned coupling, electrical issues, unbalance, and more. Also, different positions on the bearing could give a different frequency. With the triax you would be able to eliminate structural influence into your reading, such as gear mesh, versus being able to catch a defect when the equipment is in phase. Using a triax could help to realize what is extraneous vibration and what is an actual event.
Cost and Labor Advantage to Wireless Triaxial Sensors
There is a cost and labor advantage to using the triaxial sensor. You can buy one stand alone sensor versus buying three sensors and the cables. Plus, someone will have to put the cables in conduit or up out of the way of the machine process, you will have to install all three of the sensors, and potentially risk damage to the cable or sensors when the equipment is to be worked on.
The sensor communicates by using a 900 MHz radio to send the high powered frequency back to a device that plugs into your network and sends data back to the server or computer of your choosing.
Battery Powered Wireless Vibration Sensors
Uptime Solutions has created a battery powered triaxial wireless vibration sensor that contains a temperature sensor built into it. There is an expansion port that allows for external power, but the battery can give you upwards of 2000 readings. The sensor communicates by using a 900 MHz radio to send the high powered frequency back to a device that plugs into your network and sends data back to the server or computer of your choosing. The Uptime Triax sensor is not labor intensive because it is installation of one sensor with no cables versus four sensors.
Storm-X Triaxial Wireless Vibration Monitoring Sensor
The Uptime Solutions’ triaxial wireless monitoring sensor is a great vibration monitoring tool to have in your PDM tool box. The cost effectiveness of being able to have three vibration sensors with an additional temperature sensor and not have to buy any cables or have to drill into the hosing multiple times is worth it alone. The fact that you would be able to quickly deploy the unit in the field and be able to monitor your asset 24/7 for continuous monitoring from your computer is an extra bonus! Do not miss another potential defect because you were not around to catch it!
With all of the options available in vibration monitoring systems it can sometimes be difficult to decide which one is best for your company. Understanding your reliability needs, finding a system that gives you accurate, essential vibration and process sensor data to pinpoint issues are very important, and of course COST. Finding a TRULY wireless monitoring system can be easy, but can it give you results?
The Storm-X – Advanced Monitoring Solution for Predictive Maintenance
The other day a client called looking for an advanced monitoring solution that could offer cost-effective vibration monitoring, as well as, being a completely wireless sensor monitoring system. The client was directed to the Storm-X product that Uptime offers. The Storm-X is an innovative triaxial accelerometer sensor with a built-in temperature sensor. This sensor provides trend, spectrum, and waveform data plus temperature for fast and accurate vibration monitoring.
The client installed the sensor on a moving piece of equipment and was able to diagnose an out race defect within 48 hours. Because of the accuracy and clarity of the data the sensor provided in conjunction with the diagnostic capabilities of the Uptime Software, He saved the company thousands in downtime and overtime which in turn earned him a few “at-a-boys” from the powers that be.