Online Vibration Monitoring System Warns of Defects

VIBNODE online condition monitoring system from Ludeca
Online Vibration Monitoring System  Warns of Defects

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The VIBNODE online condition monitoring system from Ludeca warns of potential defects in blowers, pumps, motors and other equipment. By providing ongoing equipment status information, it ensures against unexpected downtime and helps prioritize maintenance schedules to maximize equipment life.

“This is a true online remote monitoring system,” says Alex Nino, applications engineer. “What I mean by true is that it collects data, processes, manipulates and gives you results. It is not a data logger that requires software for processing and manipulation.”

The system’s 16-bit A/D functionality provides 6- or 12-channel scanning. Shaft bearings can be monitored for looseness, misalignment, bearing defects and imbalance. Machinery faults or bearing fault problems on pumps, motors and gearboxes are collected 24 hours a day, enabling defects to be promptly diagnosed. When a vibration alarm is triggered, users are independently alerted by e-mail, text message, traffic light indicator or other means.

“You definitely don’t want any downtime on any critical asset, if a bearing is going down or there’s wear and tear on the machine,” Nino says. “Most plants run on a 24/7 cycle. By being alerted to what is happening you can have the right maintenance personnel on hand to take care of the problem before it becomes a failure of some sort.”

The entry-level system has preset measurement and alarm settings that can be adjusted in-house with the click of a mouse. Because the system works remotely, it can safely monitor equipment in hazardous areas or locations that might otherwise be inaccessible. The unit is available with NEMA 4X or stainless steel enclosure, can be mounted indoors or outdoors, and requires no maintenance. It has an ambient operating temperature range of -13 to 140 degrees F.

OMNITREND PC software programs the online system, sets alarm parameters, and provides analysis and reporting through an internal network or wirelessly. Data from multiple sites can be accessed remotely at any time. 305/591-8935; www.ludeca.com.



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