Using Vibration sensing in Condition Monitoring

A key driver behind the adoption of Industry 4.0 is to improve productivity and efficiency. By offering increased interoperability and information transparency a more holistic view can be obtained of industrial equipment.

The ability to continuously monitor and collate data not only gives a perspective on how the equipment is performing but also early warning of potential equipment inefficiencies or early indicators of wear which can result in an equipment fail and downtime. Having this more proactive approach not only improves efficiency and reliability of the operations but also offers cost benefits, helping a business to grow.

Predictive Maintenance is enabled through increased use of IIoT enabled pieces of equipment. It enables the scheduling of maintenance whilst the machine is still in working order to avoid a major fault resulting in downtime. Conditioning Monitoring is a key aspect of Predictive Maintenance. Condition monitoring includes the ongoing collection of data outlining the current status of the monitored equipment. Conditioning Monitoring drives the maintenance work based on the condition of the equipment and how it is performing. This enables an organisation to use their maintenance resources to focus on the pieces of equipment that need to be looked at first, offering prioritisation based on critical nature to the business and the current condition. Condition Monitoring is estimated to provide up to 15% (Source: Mordor Intelligence, March 2018) cost saving over Predictive Maintenance alone.

Motors of different sizes, shapes and powers are central to automated equipment and found in numerous places in industry. A failing or badly performing motor can not only put wear on the motor itself but also the equipment it powers. Being able to easily monitor the condition of a wide range of motors is an increasing challenge for industry. Motors all create some form of vibration as a result of their movement. The vibration and sound the motor makes are key aspects experienced maintenance people use to evaluate if a motor is performing as expected.  So being able to remotely measure the vibration profile of motors that are in unmanned remote locations, or difficult to reach pieces of equipment offers visibility on how the motors are working. A profile based on the motor working efficiently can be obtained on install and this can be compared to the current motor performance. Differences between these two profiles will flag up potential condition concerns.

8power utilises vibration not only to sense the vibration status but also to power the sensing beacon. This brings a robust solution tailored to the demanding needs of the industrial space – the ability to safely operate in high and low temperatures, a self-powered design which requires minimal maintenance. 8power offer scalable solutions that can be easily and quickly installed on motors no matter their age, brand or location – bringing an easy way of monitoring the condition of a wide range of equipment from one centralised point.