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Online vibration monitoring for machinery

A compact, robust and easily installed online measuring system is being introduced by Schaeffler Australia for the continuous real-time monitoring of plant, machinery and process parameters to enhance equipment reliability and efficiency while avoiding costly breakdowns.

FAG SmartCheck vibration monitoring technology comprises an innovative, modular online measuring system for continuous monitoring on a decentralised basis to optimise productivity and overall process management. It can be used on assemblies where such monitoring was previously cost prohibitive.

The intuitively operated and expandable technology is suitable for early detection of rolling bearing damage, imbalances, and misalignments, among other faults, on diverse machinery and plant.

Machinery to which it applies includes electric and geared motors, gearboxes and compressors, vacuum and fluid pumps, ventilators and fans, spindles and machine tools, separators and decanters and vibrating screens.

Features and benefits of FAG SmartCheck include: 

•    Comprehensive information on machine condition, taking account of process parameters such as load, pressure and flow rate
•    Condition of machinery shown at a glance in FAG SmartWeb
•    Information available on the longterm development of machine condition by means of the integrated data memory
•    Connection to control room or controller by means of interfaces
•    Reliable alarm system by means of alarm threshold adjustment applied for as a patent
•    Direct system access via Ethernet and Web interface
•    Protected data by means of a multistage access concept
•    Free of charge app for smartphones
•    Complete service for rolling bearings and for machinery diagnostics

FAG SmartCheck is ready for immediate use as delivered. As supplied, it already has a set of key data that facilitate general, reliable machinery monitoring. In addition, predefined configuration templates are available for monitoring of items such as fans, pumps and bearings. These can easily be matched to individual requirements, using the integrated bearing database of FAG and INA standard bearings, providing a data configuration which facilitates a more comprehensive and simpler analysis.

As well as the standard parameters of vibration and temperature, it is possible to record other classic operating parameters such as speed, pressure, flow rate etc. All parameters can be correlated with each other and included in the alarm configuration.

The data is recorded and analysed centrally by the system. The current machine condition can be displayed directly on the device or transferred to any control facility as required.

For more precise monitoring, a component template stored in the device can be selected for applications such as fans or pumps. The component template is filled with the component data. The device has an integrated rolling bearing database containing data for FAG and INA standard bearings. The user can add further rolling bearings to the database at any time.

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