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Compressor Monitoring for Aging 3-Phase Motors
By: CAS DataLoggers
CAS DataLoggers recently helped a frozen food manufacturer monitor current/voltage on several large 3-phase compressor motors used for refrigeration. As these compressors aged, valve leakage and piston ring deterioration resulted in cooler temperature fluctuations, which endangered product quality. The compressors often had to run at high loads to maintain a low evaporator coil temperature, and their effectiveness could be further strained by low line voltage conditions.
To avoid compressor failure and realize energy savings, the manufacturer needed a compressor monitoring system with analog inputs that could monitor temperature at multiple points. They also needed suction and discharge pressure, with the ability to capture the equipment's current/voltage/
The plant manager installed a dataTaker DT85 data logger in an industrial enclosure secured onto a pushcart, which allowed it to be moved around the factory to test the different compressors. Thermocouples were placed on the motors, compressors, condenser, and evaporator coils and then connected to the logger's analog inputs. Additionally, 2 pressure transducers were connected to the refrigerant lines, one on the suction side and one on the discharge side. A WattNode WND-WR-MB power meter was connected to the compressor motor to monitor the current, voltage, and power and sent data to the logger via a Modbus RS485 interface.
The dataTaker DT85 intelligent data logger supported many communication features, including a USB memory stick port for data transfer, Modbus communications for SCADA systems, FTP for automated data upload, and a 12VDC regulated output to power sensors. The DT85 offered a flexible solution for monitoring all the required values.
Along with the logger and sensors, CAS also provided value-added services including technical support to help the customer use the loggers to calculate the total compressor energy consumed and run times. Using the internal channel variables and calculation capabilities of the dataTaker, it was simple to capture cumulative totals as well as to total over a particular period of time.
The dataTaker served as a single compressor monitoring solution for monitoring the customer's 3-phase compressor motors and served as an early detection system before the compressors could fail. The data logger's universal analog inputs are connected to all the needed sensors to give users the total picture of their machine data, and the dataTaker's Modbus capability allowed connection to the WattNode Modbus sensor. The DT85 logger was also useful for identifying equipment and power issues.
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