It's now easier than ever to detect damage or contamination in machinery and equipment using the B&R APROL process control system. Vibration measurement results are now visualized in an interactive 3D graphic to help plant operators and maintenance technicians optimize performance.
The vibration measurement system uses a fast Fourier transform (FFT) to identify disturbance frequencies. The new 3D graphics make the results even easier to interpret. With multiple measurement series displayed simultaneously, changes in measurement points can be seen at a glance.
- Simple analysis
- Clear representation
- Prevention of costly downtime
Hovering over a data point shows the user a tooltip with its x/y-coordinates and timestamp. Clicking and dragging a box over a section of the diagram zooms in for greater detail. The 3D diagram replaces the waterfall diagram previously used for condition monitoring applications.
Harmonics are an effective troubleshooting tool. They can help identify which frequency is causing a vibration.
The first harmonic (fundamental frequency) is defined manually by selecting a peak. The remaining harmonics, the number of which can be configured, are calculated automatically and displayed in a diagram.
Marking side bands also helps to identify errors for specific frequencies. The user defines the base band and the first side band manually. APROL then automatically calculates the remaining side bands. The amplitudes of the side bands are displayed in a table as an absolute value and as a percentage of the base band value. The bands are identified by colored vertical lines.
These tools help users identify damage frequencies quickly and easily. Early detection of damage and contamination helps prevent costly downtime.