Beta Testers report on vibration sensor benefits

Three beta participants tested the 3561 FC Vibration Sensors in real-world applications and had positive results.

The CMMS administrator for the aerospace parts fabricator received and installed two vibration sensors for the beta test. He placed both on a hydraulic pump connected to a subcomponent of a CNC mill—one on the pump and the other on the pump’s motor.

The CMMS administrator was impressed with the temperature trending, the variety of time intervals available in the selector above each graph, and the ability to show longer periods, such as a month or a quarter.

Bob Keehan with Baxter Manufacturing, a commercial bakery equipment manufacturer, also was impressed with the temperature monitoring. They installed two vibration sensors on assets in their R&D lab. The vibration sensors were attached to external motors working mechanisms inside ovens.

Keehan believes discovering the temperature monitoring has been the best part of the beta test. The temperature feature expanded his ability to test assets remotely. He left an oven running over the weekend in the lab for the first time and only had to look at the app occasionally to see if it was running.

The temperature monitoring could also be useful in their pre-certification testing on new products.

The lead mechanic of a plastics manufacturer said the temperature aspect is possibly more valuable since it’s the first indication of failure in motors, pumps and bearings especially. The plastic manufacturer oversees 18 injection-molding machines that range from a 20-ton press to a 400-ton press.

The lead mechanic installed two sensors on a large, electric motor of a press. He said the sensors would be useful for pumps, motors and bearings.

Read the full case study to learn of other advantages and how 3561 FC Vibration Sensors paired with Fluke Connect Condition Monitoring (FCCM) Software requires no expertise.

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