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Wireless vibration monitor predicts machine failures

22 November, 2019

Emerson has announced a low-cost, easy-to-deploy vibration sensor that analyses data from rotating equipment to identify failure modes and prevent potential problems. The AMS Wireless Vibration Monitor incorporates a triaxial sensor that captures data in three dimensions to generate a picture of the machine’s condition. It can be used to monitor motors, pumps, fans and other critical equipment to reduce downtime and achieve more reliable operations.

The sensor collects and contextualises vibration data to generate actionable information. By applying Emerson’s patented PeakVue Plus technology, it not only identifies when and how assets will fail, but also why. Technicians can quickly identify and prioritise issues such as bearing defects, gear wear, under-lubrication and pump cavitation.

“Thanks to the embedded prescriptive analytics, plant managers can add wireless vibration-monitoring to their maintenance toolbox without having to train current staff to perform complex analyses,” says Robert Skeirik, director of machinery health solutions product management in Emerson’s Automation Solutions business.

The system can send machinery health alerts to mobile devices carried by users of Emerson’s Plantweb Optics asset performance platform. These alerts can also be combined with data and asset health information from other sensors and systems, allowing users to run analytics on various assets from one application, providing a more complete picture of an operation’s health, while generating alerts when processes or performance are at risk.

Emerson’s wireless vibration sensor analyses rotating equipment for problems

The vibration sensor operates on WirelessHart networks and supports the vibration analysis tools in Emerson’s AMS Machine Works software.

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