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Condition monitoring integrates with machine controls

24 October, 2014

Rockwell Automation has announced a low-cost, condition-monitoring system for monitoring and protecting machinery that integrates with control systems. Instead of operating independently, the Allen-Bradley Dynamix 1444 system uses Rockwell’s Integrated Architecture system to assess equipment health, to predict potential issues, and to help avoid damage to critical machinery.

Rockwell says that integrating machinery health into control architectures using standard Ethernet TCP/IP EtherNet/IP networks will bring flexibility to machine instrumentation design and operational efficiency on the manufacturing floor.

“Industrial producers need a device that performs the full scope of protection and condition monitoring, and the Dynamix 1444 monitor does that while improving the ease of use and cost of such monitoring,” says Rockwell product manager, Pat Carle. “The monitors can serve a broad range of applications because they are massively configurable.”

The system measures and monitors critical dynamic and position parameters on rotating and reciprocating machinery in real time. It also provides operations and maintenance personnel with the information to assess current equipment health and perform predictive maintenance planning.

The system includes tools for detecting and identifying faults and status across all types of industrial machinery. Information can also be sent to plant- and enterprise-wide databases for storage and trending. This allows engineers can take maintenance actions such as replacing worn-out components before they fail, and protects production processes and equipment while reducing maintenance costs.

Rockwell's machine condition monitoring system integrates with its control architecture

The close coordination between condition monitoring and the control system allows manufacturers to use existing visualisation and information system to improve productivity for both machine-builders and end-users. Using Rockwell’s Software Studio 5000 software, condition-monitoring programming can be carried out and maintained in the same design environment as is used for automation control.

The condition monitors are designed for use in hazardous environments and are rated to marine standards for shock and vibration. They operate from 18–32V supplies.

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