According to Machine Saver, its patent-pending VTB product offers operations an all-in-one/one-size-fits-all condition-monitoring solution for rotating and reciprocating equipment. Designed to monitor ball bearings, roller bearings and gear conditions, this recently introduced digital triaxial accelerometer and temperature sensor can interface with a DCS, PLC or SCADA, or function as a standalone machine-protection monitor. The VTB provides overall vibration […]
SKF (www.skf.com) has launched a new Wireless Machine Condition Sensor that leverages WirelessHART protocol to deliver dynamic vibration and temperature data for condition monitoring and diagnostics. The product has ATEX Zone 0 certification, which means it is appropriate for use in hazardous environments like those found in petrochemical and oil and gas operations, among others. The product combines both sensor and router node into one […]
By Gary Mintchell, Executive Director I traveled for most of the last third of the year talking with industry executives, going to meetings and listening to presentations. One observation stands out: The coming convergence of functions within manufacturing and production.
As this overview of technologies points out, today’s maintenance technicians and operators have access to capabilities that were previously limited to monitoring specialists.
Most organizations rely heavily on a CMMS or ERP (enterprise resource planning) system like SAP® to manage maintenance activities. That means planning and scheduling of repairs, inspections and shutdown activities involved in time-based or condition-based maintenance (regardless of origin) must run through their CMMS/ERP master systems. Since most asset-health indicators (condition monitoring, inspections, real-time sensors) […]