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Vibration Sensors and Maintenance Detection


8/10/2018

Vibration monitoring is one of the most effective ways to detect potential equipment failures before they cause downtime. However, vibration analysis is complex, and it can be cost-prohibitive to place sensors on noncritical assets. The new Fluke 3561 FC Vibration Sensor allows maintenance teams to improve uptime by adding remote, continuous vibration monitoring to virtually any rotating equipment. With a frequency range of 10 to 1,000 hertz, the 3561 FC detects and notifies users of conditional changes caused by critical faults like imbalance, misalignment, looseness and bearing wear, providing warning of impending equipment failure.

The 3561 FC sensor is small enough to fit in hard-to-reach locations on equipment and affordable enough to install on many assets, providing a more comprehensive picture of plant or facility health. Installation and setup are simple, allowing technicians to start monitoring vibration on equipment in about an hour. The triaxial sensors deliver continuous measurements while the asset is in use, permitting maintenance technicians to remain at a safe distance, away from dangerous rotating equipment.

“Vibration is a key indicator of machine health, but monitoring it is rarely done on Tier two and three equipment because of the cost and complexity,” said David O’Reilly, president of Fluke Digital Systems. “The 3561 FC Vibration Sensor removes the barriers to continuous vibration monitoring by providing maintenance teams with an affordable sensor system that is quick and easy to install and alerts team members to abnormalities before they cause equipment failures.”

Vibration data from the 3561 FC is wirelessly transmitted via the Fluke 3502 FC Gateway to Fluke ConnectTM Condition Monitoring (FCCM) software allowing maintenance teams to remotely monitor asset health anytime and virtually anywhere, whether on the desktop or a smart device. The Fluke Connect app allows teams to view and easily understand vibration data, enabling them to screen for potential equipment degradation. FCCM software aggregates real-time and historical data from all Fluke Connect-enabled tools and sensors for a comprehensive picture of equipment health. Teams are empowered to make informed maintenance decisions.

The FCCM software also generates automatic alarms when assets experience conditional changes outside the Fluke Overall Vibration Severity scale parameters, notifying maintenance team members before issues become critical.

Fluke Connect simplifies predictive maintenance

The 3561 FC Vibration Sensor is part of a growing system of more than 80 connected test tools, condition monitoring sensors and cloud-based software that saves time and improves the reliability of maintenance data. The FCCM software:

  • Helps maximize uptime and enables maintenance teams to make confident maintenance decisions with data that can be trusted and traced;
  • Allows maintenance teams to access baseline, historical and current measurements by asset from virtually anywhere and at any time;
  • Eliminates data-entry errors by saving measurements directly from tools and sensors and associating them with work orders, reports or asset records; and
  • Moves away from clipboards, notebooks and multiple spreadsheets with a wireless, one-step measurement transfer.

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