Machine Condition Monitor Tracks Overall Machine Health
SKF has launched the SKF Machine Condition Indicator vibration and temperature monitoring device designed for rotating machinery with constant operating conditions. It provides the ability 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, in almost any industry where rotating machines are used, such as pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, hydrocarbon processing industry, oil and gas industry, machine-tool, as well as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
The SKF Machine Condition Indicator periodically makes two types of vibration measurement. Velocity measurements are made to keep track of overall machine health and highlight potential problems relating to misalignment and imbalance. Enveloped-acceleration measurements are used to detect possible bearing degradation. In addition, the device monitors machine operating temperature.
The SKF Machine Condition Indicator also features built-in intelligence for measurement evaluations and to avoid false alarms, with an alarm status visually indicated via three LED’s. The indicator is fixed to the machine and runs on battery. The SKF Machine Condition Indicator operates on a high-energy lithium battery and has a life expectancy of more than three year (with one acknowledged alarm).