The modular X90 control and I/O system can now also be equipped with condition monitoring functions. Problems can be detected in their early stages and corrected before they result in unplanned downtime. Condition monitoring can increase machine availability and reduce the considerable cost of outages and unplanned service calls.
- High machine availability
- Lower maintenance costs
- Condition monitoring integrated in the control system
Mobile equipment is subject to high levels of stress and strain. Regular service intervals are therefore a necessity for operators of agricultural and construction machinery. Regular service does not, however, provide 100% protection against unexpected failures. Faults don't only cause downtime on the affected machine, they can often span an entire machine network. The cost for repairs can be immense. One cause for this can be the fact that the affected machines are located in hard-to-reach places, for example when used for mining. To achieve a high level of machine availability, it is therefore necessary to be able to detect impending failures at an early stage. Repairs can instead be timed to coincide with regularly scheduled service.
The X90 controller with integrated condition monitoring allows operators of heavy machinery to continuously monitor the health of their equipment. The results help determine exactly which components require maintenance and when. Typical applications include continuous monitoring of rotating machine components such as hydraulic assemblies, belts, gears and motors. The processed sensor data is also available for further use in the application.
In addition to typical characteristics of a condition monitoring system such as temperatures or current profiles, error detection using vibration measurement is indispensable. With rotating machine parts in particular, impending failures cause specific vibration patterns. The X90 controller with condition monitoring function records the data, evaluates it and makes it available to the application.