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SKF Machine Condition Indicator cuts the cost of monitoring
SKF, the knowledge engineering company, has launched the SKF Machine Condition Indicator, a low-cost vibration and temperature monitoring device designed for rotating machinery in constant operating conditions.
The SKF Machine Condition Indicator provides the capability to track basic machine health on assets that are not currently being monitored on a regular basis. The device can be used indoors or outdoors as the interior is entirely sealed to environmentally protect the electronics and to achieve the highest ingress protection rating (IP 69K). The SKF Machine Condition Indicator is suited for rotating machines in industries such as pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, hydrocarbon processing (HPI), oil and gas, machine tool, as well as heating (http://en.wikipedia.org/
The SKF Machine Condition Indicator periodically makes two types of vibration measurement from the internal sensor, Overall Velocity (RMS) and Enveloped Acceleration (gE) as well as machine surface temperature.
The velocity measurements are taken to keep track of overall machine health and highlight potential problems such as misalignment and imbalance. Enveloped Acceleration measurements are used to detect bearing degradation or gear impulsive vibration. The SKF Machine Condition Indicator also features built-in intelligence for measurement evaluations and to avoid false alarms, with alarm status visually indicated via three LEDs.
“The SKF Machine Condition Indicator is as simple as the ‘check engine’ warning light in a car,” said TorstenBark, Product Line Manager at SKF Condition Monitoring Centre, San Diego. “Once LEDs are illuminated, the predictive maintenance technician is alerted to perform root cause analysis on the machine to determine what kind of problem might be affecting its performance.”
By utilising the SKF Machine Condition Indicator, plant operators can increase efficiency by enabling maintenance engineers to spend more time focusing on root cause analysis and other more significant issues. Inaddition, maintenance schedules for non-critical machines can be assigned at less frequent intervals.
The SKF Machine Condition Indicator offers an ideal solution for both existing installed assets or for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) looking for an economical way to make sure their semi-critical machine assets are kept up and running. The device can also be used as part of an asset care plan alongside other systems offered by SKF.
For further information, please contact: Phil Burge, Communication Manager, SKF (U.K.) Limited
T: +44 (0)1582 496433 (tel:%2B44%20%
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SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2011 were SEK 66,216 million and the number of employees was 46,039. www.skf.com