a maintenance technician screens a machine with wireless vibration sensors

Wireless vibration monitoring typically happens as part of a predictive maintenance strategy. With wireless vibration monitoring, maintenance teams place Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sensors on important machines to collect vibration measurements over time and catch problems. Depending on the vibration sensor’s capabilities, it might detect, analyze, and even diagnose machine faults.

If left unchecked, abnormal machine vibration in assets like drive motors and driven devices can cause operational problems and severe damage. Wireless vibration monitoring can help prevent:

• Excess component wear that reduces equipment lifespan
• Risks to personnel safety
• Power consumption that could cause product quality issues
• Unplanned downtime and production loss

What is a Wireless Vibration Monitoring System?

Wireless vibration monitoring systems use multiple vibration sensors, tools, and devices to take key vibration measurements. Tracking excess vibration in rotating equipment is critical to identifying machine faults early, so maintenance teams can keep plants and facilities up and running.

By studying an asset’s vibration measurements, even non-experts can catch machine imbalance, looseness, misalignment, or bearing wear.

vibration sensors monitor a variety of assets

Vibration Sensors for Condition Monitoring

Not all vibration sensors have the same condition monitoring abilities – some collect more detailed readings than others. However, not all machines need detailed vibration readings.

Today, there are two common approaches to wireless vibration monitoring: screening vibration sensors and analysis vibration sensors.

Analysis vibration sensors are used for vibration monitoring on important, tier II machines. Analysis vibration sensors collect bursts of high-resolution data and they can detect the most common machine faults.

Screening vibration sensors are best suited for wireless vibration monitoring on standard machines – those that aren’t production critical – to detect basic machine health, like is the asset doing good or bad.

Beyond wireless vibration monitoring, there are also wired vibration sensors, like Pruftechnik’s VibGuard. These wired vibration sensors can collect constant, high-resolution vibration measurements to support extremely detailed data analysis. They work well for vibration monitoring on complex and production-critical machines, however, these advanced sensors require advanced training.

So, in many cases, maintenance teams choose wireless vibration monitoring.

Fluke 3562 Screening Vibration Sensors

Screening vibration sensors monitor machine vibration data in real-time and are used to detect abnormal machine vibration. They are typically mounted on standard machines, and they stream data to a central location, such as a cloud-based maintenance software. Centralizing data makes it accessible remotely from anywhere.

The Fluke 3562 Screening Vibration Sensor measures overall vibration levels, temperature, and humidity. A single gateway system can connect up to 1,000 vibration sensors, continuously sending data to the cloud.

The Fluke 3562’s wireless vibration monitoring abilities are powered by batteryless energy harvesters that generate electricity from a machine’s heat or the light in a room. That means they work well even in hard-to-reach places.

The sensors stream vibration measurements to a simple data analysis dashboard in a software application called the Live-Asset™ Portal, which trends the nine highest FFT peaks by magnitude.

Fluke 3562 LIVE-Asset Portal top software features: 

  • Displays overall machine condition, including vibration, temperature, and summary-level data by location
  • Trends and graphs vibration measurements, including the nine highest peak FFT results
  • Provides recommended and users-customizable thresholds on vibration levels
  • Alert notifications  when vibration thresholds are breached
  • Shows asset event history

Fluke 3563 Analysis Vibration Sensors

Like screening vibration sensors, analysis vibration sensors also continuously monitor machine vibration data. However, analysis vibration sensors provide a deeper dive into machine health.

The extended data from these wireless vibration monitors gives maintenance teams the ability to identify the exact source, or root cause, of a mechanical problem.

The Fluke 3563 Analysis Vibration Sensor is a great example of this kind of high-accuracy, wireless vibration sensor. The robust vibration sensor leverages powerful piezoelectric technology to collect asset performance and fault data continuously, streaming it to the cloud.

Maintenance technicians, regardless of experience, gain insights into machinery health and capacity from connected software. After users program software to recognize each machine’s specific vibration signal, LIVE-Asset Portal will identify the four most common machine faults: imbalance, misalignment, looseness, and bearing damage.

Fluke 3563 LIVE-Asset Portal Top Features: 

  • Displays overall asset condition with summary-level data visible by location
  • Monitor assets at a glance through data analysis visualizations, including:
  • Velocity and acceleration, respective bands
  • Temperature
  • Overall bearing severity

What are the Benefits of Using a Wireless Vibration Monitoring System?

Machine vibration screening and analysis systems are both essential parts of successful condition monitoring and predictive maintenance program. Choose from the available vibration solutions to fit your needs. Each offers different capabilities depending on the sensor. Also choose your vendor for their experience and expertise, giving preference to those that support your program after the sale.

Comprehensive solutions, like the Fluke 3562 Screening Vibration Sensor and the 3563 Analysis Vibration Sensor systems, are a complete package. Deploying them in your organization improves your vibration program for every plant and facility asset.

Wireless Vibration Monitoring Services and Support

Pruftechnik, part of the Fluke Reliability family, offers a wide range of Remote Condition Monitoring services and support to improve your maintenance program. From training to post-purchase setup, our remote condition monitoring experts can help you reduce unplanned downtime and prevent potentially catastrophic failures, using our vibration solutions to improve asset reliability.

Developing a predictive maintenance vibration monitoring program doesn’t have to be complex, time-consuming, or expensive. You can start small with a pilot program.

Remote Condition Monitoring and Onsite Services

  • Asset-to-sensor analysis
  • Network and schedule configurations, commissioning, and installation
  • Vibration training on core principles and taking data-based actions

Schedule a Call with a Wireless Vibration Monitoring Specialist

You can schedule a consultation with a Fluke Reliability expert to answer your wireless vibration monitoring and vibration sensor questions. If you’re interested, please request a demo today.  

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