Meet the experts

Dr. Christopher McLean

President and General Manager
Meggitt Maryland, Inc.

Innovation that puts you ahead

Another wave of operational advantage from the leaders in industrial vibration sensing

For more than 50 years, Wilcoxon has worked with customers to develop breakthrough sensors. Today, the world of vibration monitoring and analysis is changing fast but thanks to our solid understanding of industry and defense applications and imaginative investments in R & D, we’re once again launching next generation products.  

I have a doctorate in advanced measurement technologies and for more than 20 years, I've led teams developing analog, digital and wireless sensors for process automation, test and measurement and military and aerospace applications.  

It’s that experience that's enabled me to lead our team of sales, engineering, manufacturing and vibration experts and guide Wilcoxon through this exciting time.

The new product development machine

One of my key goals here has been to strengthen Wilcoxon innovation.

Today, we are pushing the boundaries in:

  • high-reliability accelerometers for high-temperature environments
  • low-frequency accelerometers offering clear signals at low-vibration levels
  • accelerometers that ensure reliable operation even in harsh electromagnetic environments
  • accelerometers for battery-powered wireless applications that deliver even at low voltages and micro-power 

Right now, however, we’re ready to provide the market with a brand new range of digital vibration products. 

Digital vibration measurement for plant managers

Bringing vibration sensors into the digital world and getting the data to end-users without the cost and complexity of building new networks has been one of our greatest innovations. We’ve worked hard to make sure customers can use existing process automation and condition-monitoring infrastructure to capitalize on this rich new source of vibration data.  

Our pioneering HART-enabled vibration sensor and our digital intelligent vibration transmitter are easy to install. And because they allow vibration condition monitoring via the Industrial Internet of Things, they are ideal for distributed balance-of-plant installations. 

I’m very proud that Wilcoxon continues to lead the market in vibration sensors for industrial applications. With our unique combination of expertise in a multitude of industries and our exceptional background in vibration analysis, you can expect a lot more innovative products from us in the years to come—every one of them adding value to your business.

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Nick Montana

Director of Sales and Marketing
Meggitt Maryland, Inc.

Everything you need in one place

Your one stop supplier for vibration sensors and accessories

At Wilcoxon, we lead in technology, reliability, service and breadth of product—we have all the vibration sensors and accessories you need to get the most out of your process automation machines, even in hazardous areas where we have the widest selection of certifications. 

Whatever industry you’re in, we can help you confidently predict maintenance, identify faults and minimize downtime.

That means you:

  • avoid expensive repairs
  • reduce operating costs
  • improve productivity, and
  • extend machine life 

I visit many customers in the industrial sector from power and pharmaceutical plants, through pulp and paper mills to oil and gas refineries. I’ve yet to find a customer whose needs we can’t meet. 

Plant optimization—the key to peace of mind 

Given vibration monitoring has been around for decades, it amazes me that even some very sophisticated plant owners don’t use it. They still don’t realize how critical it is—throughout the manufacturing process. 

One of my most memorable customers came to us because one of their machines blew up, scattering shrapnel through a conference room wall where ten people were having a meeting. With a Wilcoxon vibration monitoring system installed, it goes without saying that you can prevent potentially lethal risks. But helping you fine-tune the balance of plant from day to day is where our sensors commonly get to show their worth. 

If critical equipment goes down at an oil refinery, it could cost millions of dollars in revenue a day. With our breakthrough digital vibration solutions, you can leverage the Internet of Things to identify problems 18 to 24 months before they go critical. And because the vibration intelligence is now in the sensor itself, you don’t have to be a vibration expert to get data you can act on.

Start with a small investment, then extend across your plant

If the cost of a full system initially is too high, performance gains can be made even with a small initial investment. For example, we have a wide selection of 4-20mA sensors and transmitters for simplified condition-based maintenance. A steel mill, for example, might start with a small order of 200 and then order more to gradually cover the whole plant. Our handheld shakers allow you to test on the spot and speed up sensor commissioning.

What keeps us ahead? Wilcoxon has a 50-year history of breakthrough vibration firsts and ongoing investment has brought our expertise to its highest level ever. So whether you want the very latest or you have simpler needs, we have the vibration knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your plant.

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Tom LaRocque

Director, Research and Development
Meggitt Maryland, Inc.

Wilcoxon R&D delivers digital: longer life, less downtime, more efficient performance 

We’ve been pioneering vibration monitoring products for decades, always keeping pace with industry requirements. Anticipating the impact of the industrial Internet of Things, we reinforced our talent pool with new design and software engineers to explore how Industry 4.0 can deliver new ways of boosting safety and maintenance regimes. 

After a three-year investment program, we have created two digital vibration solutions that simplify the collection of vibration information from machinery, bringing actionable data directly into the control room. 

Actionable vibration data delivered via HART or Cloud 

Working with one of the best HART developers in the world, we’ve developed a HART sensor which can exchange information directly with distributed control systems. 

It runs on just 3% of the power required by a standard analog unit, freeing up power for digital processing. The compact design makes room for the necessary digital components without increasing overall size and, with three configurable bands, you can program the sensor in the field to get exactly the vibration measurements you need. 

What’s more, multi-drop installation allows up to 16 sensors for each single address port and there’s no need for expensive additional infrastructure as you can integrate with your existing networks.

So for the first time, plant managers can gather asset management information to optimize plant with a combined control and maintenance system.

You don’t have to be a vibration expert either. With balance-of-plant monitoring and control in one place, it’s much simpler to realize the reliability gains that digital manufacturing offers: improved safety, optimized performance and longer machine life are there for all to take advantage of.

Our second solution extends the same benefits to customers with analog vibration sensors. The iT300 Intelligent Transmitter is a simple interface between your existing sensors and the Cloud. It collects and processes vibration information from your plant, delivering actionable data such as alerts to PLC or SCADA systems, with MODBUS and TCP compatibility coming soon. 

Optimize remotely via the web 

Digital brings other benefits too. You no longer have to waste time and effort adjusting sensors manually. You can access both devices remotely via a simple web browser to select different options and adjust parameters when you need to.

We always look ahead, investing in R&D to make sure you can use vibration analysis to capitalize on the smart manufacturing breakthroughs that will become increasingly standard.

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Renard Klubnik

Technical Support Manager
Meggitt Maryland, Inc.

Looking for smart service? Ask a smart engineer

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, we are ready to answer your questions
When you’re deciding on vibration monitoring equipment for your plant, two things count.  
First, choose sensors engineered to the highest standard. We lead in technology and reliability so Wilcoxon is a safe choice. 

Second, make sure your supplier has skilled experts. You should feel confident they can: 

  • advise you on the solution that will work, first time 
  • deliver on time and budget 
  • fully support you during commissioning

After 40 years working in this field, I know what good service means. Let’s take a closer look.

The right solution, first time

Frequency range and vibration level vary depending on the machine and where sensors are located. We know the specific requirements of process technologies in virtually every industrial sector: oil and gas, pulp and paper, food and beverage, wind power, water, pharmaceuticals … you name it … and because everyone on our technical support team has field experience, we can help you select the right sensor.

We start by reviewing every order, even if it is submitted using our new on-line ordering system. If something doesn’t look right, especially the first time around, we call the customer to talk it through—from sensors right down to cabling and mounts, we know what is needed to optimize a system.

On time, on budget

There’s a two-day turnaround on quotes to keep your project on track. Our most popular products are guaranteed in stock and ship the next business day. And as we have one of the industry’s highest on-time delivery rates, you can be confident you’ll get your order on time.

Solve all your vibration monitoring problems

Predictive maintenance has to encompass the whole plant if you want to recoup the maximum return on your investment and we’re ready to help you crack the tough problems that stop you getting that return.

Troubleshooting can be the hardest part of good service but we get it right because we’ve got the knowledge— we have decades of education, product expertise and field experience behind us. 

Once a customer sent their vibration data to us claiming a misalignment problem between motor and gear box on a tire-making machine. Our analysis indicated an internal gear box problem. When we opened it up, we found about half the gear teeth were destroyed. 

With a 6 to 9 month lead on manufacturing new gears, a failure would have shut down the whole plant. But with our insight, the machine was nursed through to the next scheduled maintenance.

As I said earlier, it’s taken 40 years to build up my knowledge. I take great pride in putting it at your service.

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Harry Robbins, III

Director of Operations
Meggitt Maryland, Inc.

Sensors you don't have to worry about

At Wilcoxon, we’ve mastered quality at volume, making tens of thousands of reliable vibration sensors every year—and we make sure each one works every time. 

It’s down to on-going investment in our US factory and the professional pride of every single employee. Our production teams set the bar very high. 

Because of the exceptional quality of our soldering, welding and calibration, our sensors demonstrate low aging and high stability. 

And we test above and beyond the industry norm: each sensor is tested thoroughly at every stage of manufacturing, starting with raw materials and continuing with everything from resonance, isolation and feedback to shock, temperature and EMI. 

For our most common sensors, that means seven individual tests during production and a final inspection before we ship.

That’s why our products have the highest Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of any vibration sensor—probably in the world—and why even price-sensitive customers invest in our products. They have discovered the cost of poor data over the long term is just too high.

Our US facility is ISO 9001:2008 certified

Looking back at our history, you can see reliability in our DNA: for more than 50 years, we have worked in US defense, delivering marine and seismic sensors to the most demanding of specifications. It’s experience that equips us for extreme industrial applications. 

Wilcoxon has the highest Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of any vibration sensor

A sensor is for life

In over 25 years in operations, I’ve found that some suppliers offer a lifetime guarantee. What it means in practice is they come out and repair faulty sensors. But who knows how long that’ll take? 

If you want to avoid expensive downtime, take a look at our Lifetime Warranty. You won’t need to reinstall after two or three years: our products work as they should for decades. 

Actually, they often outlast the equipment they monitor. And that’s the way it should be—in my book, a sensor is for life.

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