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Safe, rapid wireless transfer of valuable machine health data with SKF QuickCollect Sensors

SKF’s Enlight QuickCollect is a walk-around data collection system that performs front-line machine condition monitoring. Safe, fast and user-friendly, the system simplifies machine health monitoring as well as data collection and analysis, helping to optimise customers’ rotating equipment performance.

Combining an easy-to-use sensor with mobile apps, the system enables service, reliability, operations or maintenance personnel to quickly and easily identify machine condition, collect and share inspection, process and valuable machine health data company-wide without the need for training or diagnostic expertise. The user is able to monitor hundreds of assets per day and thousands of assets per month.

The QuickCollect CMDT 391 and 391-Ex sensors communicate with off-the-shelf iOS and Android devices through Bluetooth® low-energy version 4.2 wireless technology, using the SKF QuickCollect, DataCollect or ProCollect applications to capture overall machine vibration (velocity and enveloped acceleration), time waveform and temperature data. Data analysis can be done on the spot in real time or can be sent to the cloud for analysis.

When used directly on a machine, the wireless QuickCollect vibration and temperature sensor, which can be connected to a smart device, is able to simultaneously collect vibration and temperature measurements. Most machinery problems arise as a result of excessive vibration; vibration measurements are able to detect mechanical looseness, imbalance, soft foot (foundation), shaft bow, misalignment, bearing wear, gear defects, or rotor damage. When performing measurements, the sensor’s vibration output is processed to produce two very meaningful vibration measurements for each measurement point.

Temperature measurement is a useful indicator of mechanical condition or the load applied to a specific component. Bearing or lubrication failure results in friction causing a rise in temperature. By measuring temperature changes at the bearing potential problems can be detected early so that corrective maintenance can be scheduled thereby avoiding costly failures and unwanted downtime.

The rugged sensor uses a rechargeable battery, eliminating the hazards and inconvenience of cumbersome cables for enhanced operator safety. The collected data that is transferred to the SKF app is displayed on the screen with easy-to-identify colour-coded bars that indicate alarm status: Green for acceptable, yellow for alert and red for danger.

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SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. SKF offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication, condition monitoring and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2019 were SEK 86 013 million and the number of employees was 43,360. www.skf.com

® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.

Issued by: Laverick Media Communications T: +27(0)79 949 1090 sonia@laverickmedia.co.za / www.laverickmedia.co.za

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