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PBUS-25-Renown-iAlertSensor-400.jpgMarch 8, 2021

The health of industrial machinery may be determined by measuring the equipment’s vibration signature. If a gear, fan, or other essential component is out of alignment or otherwise functioning incorrectly, the vibrations of the machine will change. Monitoring vibrations can help to proactively identify problems before they substantially impact operations.

Vibration analysis typically happens as part of a regularly scheduled maintenance cycle with data being compared monthly, quarterly, or annually. Analysts will gather a baseline vibration signature from equipment while it is functioning at optimal levels, then periodically compare that data with new vibration readings to identify potential issues.

The idea of constant monitoring has traditionally been impractical – until now. Thanks to advances driven by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and continuing developments in smart technology, equipment vibration can now be monitored in near real-time, enabling early identification of problems as they arise.

Renown Electric provides our customers with preventative and predictive maintenance solutions that will help them to avoid costly downtime and catastrophic equipment failures. With the i-Alert Monitoring Solution, manufacturers and other users of industrial equipment can monitor, troubleshoot, and gather data on many applications using only i-Alert® sensors and a smartphone.

About the i-Alert Monitoring Solution

The traditional periodic predictive maintenance (PdM) inspection model comes with inherent flaws. Inspections are not only expensive, but a lot can go wrong between inspection periods.

With the i-Alert system, industrial operations can reliability monitor the health of assets without worrying about the financial cost. This affordability also means that users can monitor a broader range of equipment instead of inspecting only the most critical machinery. The i-Alert2 Equipment Health Monitor tracks factors such as:

  •    -   3-Axis Vibration
  •    -   Temperature
  •    -   Kurtosis
  •    -   Machine run-time counter
  •    -   Fast Fourier Transform
  •    -   Time Waveform

 

Key benefits and features of the i-Alert Monitoring System include:

Asset Intelligence

i-Alert monitors the health of any rotating machine, including pumps, motors, fans, mixers, gear boxes, and more. The system monitors and stores up to 720 data points and will trigger automatically in response to any change in the state of your machinery, capturing critical spectral and time waveform data to help your PdM specialist diagnose problems quickly.

Safety

Data is easily accessed via Bluetooth from a distance of 30-100 feet away, which means inspectors don’t need to physically interact with each piece of equipment.

Ease of Use

The i-Alert app enables simple use by any everyday user with a smartphone. Data gathering can occur quickly and easily as part of normal operator rounds.

Time Saving

Time spent performing route-based data collection may be reduced by up to 50%, as the i-Alert scans multiple machines at once. Eliminating the time-consuming and costly process of temporary sensor mounting frees up vibration analysts to focus on chronic equipment health problems.

Early Detection

The data provided by the i-Alert® system allows early identification of upcoming system failures and provides information to address these problems proactively. With continuous monitoring, trends can be established without waiting for several months of periodic inspection data.

Accessibility

The i-Alert does away with the use of expensive vibration analysis tools, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars and require costly special training. Now, anyone with a smartphone can access the same information.

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DCS Siemens SIRIUS Controls Ensures Cold Beer 1 400

Breweries are known for transforming malt, hops, and yeast into beer in gleaming brewing kettles and large fermentation tanks linked by numerous pipes.

Over the centuries, the equipment for mashing, lautering, boiling, and fermenting beer according to carefully guarded recipes has been steadily perfected.

 

The chiller is the heart of the brewery

One of the most important parts of the brewery, and perhaps the least visible, is the chiller. The fermentation temperature of the beer is crucial, which means that the heat generated by the yeast fermentation must be carefully controlled by the chiller.

If the beer ferments at too high a temperature, the yeast can produce a variety of undesirable aromas that ruin the beer.

According to Justin Thomas, President of G&D Chillers, based in Oregon

"The chiller is the heart of the brewery. Owners invest not only a lot of money in the brewery and brewing equipment, but also a great deal of time in the production of beer. But if the chiller fails, all that goes out the window."

Partnerships to keep pace with growth

Thomas says that growth at G&D Chillers has been exponential over the past 15 years. To continue this rate of success, the company had to look for new ways to meet customer demands for reliable, state-of-the-art chiller options.

For example, G&D Chillers recently teamed up with Siemens and the global distribution and supply chain solutions company WESCO to meet these needs and stay ahead of the competition. "We're still a small manufacturing company, but big enough to produce some technically advanced equipment," says Thomas. "We've always been service-oriented and always stood by our equipment, no matter what the problem. We get the same kind of support and service from Siemens that we give to our own customers."

 

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