For detecting wear and tear on mechanical components in an early stage in the process, Condition Monitoring Systems (CMS) use vibration measurement in combination with intelligent analysis procedures. This provides the basis for the change from a preventive to a condition based maintenance strategy.
This way, mechanical components are used in an optimal way over their real service life and the costs for unplanned downtimes and replacement parts are reduced.
Optimum planning of maintenance work
For reaching a maximum productivity, industrial plants need a high level of availability. Downtimes – especially unplanned ones – need to be prevented. Changes, due to wear and tear of the equipment, usually result in different mechanical vibrations. By means of vibration measurement, Condition Monitoring systems detect signs of wear in an early stage in the process and hence allow for an optimum planning of maintenance work.
Vibrational behavior in complex plants
For simple components without considerable external influences on the vibrational behavior, wear can be predicted quite reliably by means of vibration measurement. In complex production plants, the vibration behavior is influenced by a number of external factors, like e.g. changing loads in the process or the processing of different materials.
Only with the simultaneous monitoring of all machine, process, material and quality data, the damages on machine parts can be detected reliably. Moreover, the causes for exceptional wear can be determined.
Hardware and software for Condition Monitoring - perfectly matched
The Condition Monitoring solution by iba, with the Condition Monitoring Center ibaCMC and the Condition Monitoring Unit ibaCMU-S, offers powerful functions for monitoring wear on machines and process-induced vibrations as well as the possibility to correlate the data with each other.
The hardware ibaCMU-S that has especially been developed for Condition Monitoring applications, allows the on-site processing of vibration and process signals in order to determine characteristic values for damage levels.
Based on the iba modular system, up to 32 vibration signals can be processed. The interfacing to the process is done by the integrated ibaNet FO interface or via Ethernet TCP/IP. ibaCMU-S is configured using the Condition Monitoring Center ibaCMC by defining the single machine componen