New sensor and apps for easier machine health monitoring
01 October 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916403
BEARINGS and rotation specialist, SKF, is empowering customers to monitor machine health without the need for extensive training or diagnostic expertise through a new system that combines as sensor and mobile applications.
Previously, in order to collect machine and process data customers needed expensive equipment and had to depend on in-house expertise to understand the data and diagnose machine problems effectively.
“The SKF Enlight QuickCollect makes it easy for customers to get started and its entry-level setup costs means that the capital expenditure is eliminated. As an affordable addition to the maintenance program, customers can collect valuable machine data and inspect and process this data swiftly and simply,” the company said in a statement.
“This advanced innovation combines a user-friendly SKF QuickCollect Sensor with mobile SKF QuickCollect apps to simplify inspection, process and machine health data collection and analysis.”
By utilising the sensor and the apps, customers can easily start checking the ‘on the spot’ condition of their rotating machinery. In addition to rapid identification of machine condition, this solution assists customers to also capture, share and store inspection as well as process machine health data across the company.
The handheld sensor monitors a wide array of issues relating to vibration and temperature. The sensor transmits data wirelessly to an app on a mobile device, providing instant machine diagnostics with the ability to store and share data for further analysis.
Customers can upgrade from the SKF QuickCollect app which delivers entry level, on-the-spot analysis, to the SKF DataCollect app to receive extended diagnostic capabilities, more detailed, colour-coded machine condition feedback based on ISO standards, customised forms for collecting all types of inspection and process data as well as guided measurement support.
The SKF DataCollect app also delivers customised forms to collect a wide range of useful data from around the customer’s facility. In addition to machine monitoring, operations employees can perform visual inspections guided by instructions and record information such as pressures, lows and lubrication levels.
Instructions can also be provided for operators to clean and inspect equipment and to tell them when and how to seek help when needed.
“This type of inspection data is invaluable to complement customers’ maintenance programmes and can also be utilised to automate support for activities such as plant safety and EHS audits, environmental /quality/air leak inspections, equipment checks and lubrication rounds. SKF QuickCollect assists the workforce to monitor plant machinery as limited training and no specialist skills are required.”