Improving Safety and Efficiency in Route-Based Maintenance

by | May 8, 2014 | Asset Management, Reliability

Jim Cahill

Chief Blogger, Editor

When it comes to manually collecting vibration data on rotating equipment in your facility, getting it safely and efficiently is important—especially if there is a large number of assets.

Emerson's Mark Granger (l) and Drew Mackley (r)

Emerson’s Mark Granger (l) and Drew Mackley (r)

In this 3:54 YouTube video, CSI 2140 Speed Test, Emerson’s Mark Granger and Drew Mackley demonstrate how triaxial accelerometers coupled with the simultaneous four-channel data collection in the CSI 2140 portable vibration analyzer provide a faster, safer way to collect this vibration information for analysis.

Poor Drew must have drawn the short end of the stick because he has to perform the measurements with a single-axis accelerometer, having to collect three times the number of measurements—horizontal, vertical, and axial—as Mark collects with the triax.

In the video, the measurements are performed on a variable speed motor, with the speed being measured by a SpeedVue Laser Speed Sensor. Vibration is measured on motor outboard and inboard bearings and the fan inboard and outboard bearings. The triax sensor measures horizontal, vertical, axial vibration plus provides the input for peak value (PeakVue) analysis.

While hardly a fair competition, it does demonstrate what the 4-channel simultaneous input capability of the CS 2140 has on improving the safety and efficiency of route-based vibration collection and analysis.

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