April 12, 2021
Many manufacturers use time-consuming and potentially dangerous manual processes to inspect servo motors for insulation issues. If this sounds like your company, it might be time to switch over to an automated, remote-based servo motor condition monitoring solution that works around the clock.
Omron’s new K7GE remote servo condition monitor is part of their predictive maintenance solution offering that’s designed to help manufacturers minimize downtime without sacrificing productivity. The need for predictive maintenance is increasing due to a current shortage of skilled maintenance workers and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let’s take a look at a few ways in which the K7GE can help you more easily cover your maintenance needs.
1. It provides reproducible measurements that incorporate the expertise of skilled maintenance employees.
The measured value of insulation resistance can vary quite a bit depending on a machine’s operating and wiring conditions, so conventional manual measurements by mega ohm meter typically don’t have high repeatability. The K7GE helps you get the highly reproducible measurements you need for comprehensive trend monitoring.
2. It enables low-voltage measurement with no overload on equipment.
The K7GE has a fixed applied voltage of 50VDC, which is much lower than the applied voltage of the mega ohm meter used for manual measurement (500VDC/1000VDC). This means that it doesn’t place an overload on the machine equipment.
3. You can get data from remote locations by connecting to a network.
The K7GE can provide remote monitoring environment by a network connection using human-machine interface (HMI), programmable logic controller (PLC) and/or serial gateway equipment for communication between manufacturing site and office. It’s also possible to check the measurement results at the site via the LCD display that offers high visibility.
4. It’s easy to use and scale up to your specific equipment and application.
You can add up to eight probe units for a single K7GE master unit to the target measurement equipment of the same system. The number of probe units can be installed according to measurement equipment need to maximize space efficiency.
The K7TM heater condition monitor. Manufacturers seeking to avoid downtime and work-in-progress due to heater failure in industrial ovens, kilns, and metal heat treatment applications can gain peace of mind from a new Omron solution that monitors heater condition with high accuracy on a 24/7 basis.
Industry leading automation solution provider Omron Automation Americas recently launched a new heater condition monitor that supports predictive maintenance by preventing heater failure. It allows engineers and maintenance managers monitor heater condition and reduce unplanned downtime in automotive, food and commodity, semiconductor, and electronic industries.
Heaters fail through a variety of methods like contamination, thermal fatigue/heat cycling and improper power input and wattage for application. When heater deterioration goes unnoticed, it can lead to excess product waste and costly machine downtime. What if you could be alerted to the early stages of deterioration when there is still plenty of time to get a replacement?
Omron has an exciting product offering for predictive maintenance solutions that allow the user to monitor the health of various types of equipment. This equipment condition monitoring allows for prediction of equipment failure, such that the necessary service can be performed and unplanned downtime avoided.
These products are currently among Omron’s Predictive Maintenance Product offerings:
S8VK-X EIP Connected Power Supply
K6CM 3-Phase Motor Condition Monitoring
K6PM Thermal Monitoring
K7GE Servo Insulation Monitoring