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Applications and case studies

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Machinery monitoring

Machinery Monitoring Guide - Motors >

Quick one-page resource including recommended solutions to monitor motors.

Machinery Monitoring Guide - Pumps >

Quick one-page resource including recommended solutions to monitor pumps.

Machinery Monitoring Guide - Fans >

Quick one-page resource including recommended solutions to monitor fans.

Machinery Monitoring Guide - Gearbox >

Quick one-page resource including recommended solutions to monitor gearboxes.

Bearings

Slideshow: Bearing failure causes and cures >

Helpful explanation including photo examples of different types of bearing faults and conditions you should look out for to get to the root cause.

Product technote: Paper machines >

PT101: Wilcoxon accelerometers accurately measure the broad range of frequencies and low amplitudes occurring in slow speed roller bearing installations.

Compressors

Product technote: compressor gear set >

PT102: The gear set on a critical turbo-compressor was monitored with a Wilcoxon industrial accelerometer at very low frequencies.

Reciprocating gas compressor vibration monitoring >

Monitor reciprocating gas compressors with 4-20 mA loop powered vibration sensors.

Cooling towers and cooling fans

PT104: Vibration monitoring of cooling towers and process cooler fans >

Vibration monitoring of cooling tower fans, gear boxes, shafts, and motors provides early warning of machine degradation and impending disaster.

Vibration monitoring of coolers and chillers using 4-20mA >

Cooling towers, process coolers and HVAC cooling units can be monitored for vibration using the 4-20 mA analog input channels of existing PLC units.

Fans

Application solution: mounting 4-20 mA vibration sensors on fans >

Guidance to determine the number and location of 4-20 mA loop powered sensors to produce a reliable vibration monitoring system to protect fans, and to interface directly with a plant Programmable Logic Controller or Distributed Control System to provide a cost-effective predictive maintenance solution.

Gearboxes

Slideshow: Gearbox tutorial >

Helpful overview of vibration monitoring and some of the challenges specific to gearboxes.

Pumps

Know the health of your pumps >

Pumps benefit from regular check-ups to ensure there are no underlying problems. Diagnostics give us an indication of the health of the pump.

Pump cavitation detected with vibration monitoring >

A pump manufacturer used a Wilcoxon vibration sensor on a positive displacement pump and found that the sensor successfully detected cavitation.

Product technote: Pump vibration monitoring >

Vibration monitoring of critical and auxiliary pumping systems helps improve machine reliability, safety, and production capability.

Slideshow: Pump vibration monitoring >

Overview covers pump systems and failures, plus monitoring specifics and techniques that are designed to minimize damage, reduce downtime, and increase productivity.

Industry applications

Customer testimonials

Anderson Engineering testimonial >

Michael L. Anderson, P.E., and owner of Anderson Engineering, talks candidly about his success using Wilcoxon data collector cables and sensors.

MillerCoors brewery >

MillerCoors brewery uses Wilcoxon accelerometers for portable data collection

Water authority implements vibration monitoring >

After a catastrophic pump failure, Loudon County Water Authority implemented continuous vibration monitoring to trend machine health and prevent unplanned down time.

Vibration monitoring application solutions

Coolers and chillers vibration monitoring >

Cooling towers, process coolers and HVAC cooling units can be monitored for vibration using the 4-20 mA analog input channels of existing PLC units.

Helicopter vibration monitoring >

A major helicopter manufacturer needed an accelerometer designed to monitor critical bearings dependably while surviving extreme helicopter operational environment conditions

Nuclear power industry vibration monitoring >

Describes the conditions found in nuclear power factories, and appropriate vibration monitoring solutions.

Paper machines >

PT101: Wilcoxon accelerometers accurately measure the broad range of frequencies and low amplitudes occurring in slow speed roller bearing installations.

Printing and publishing vibration monitoring >

A scheduled re-build of a paper folding machine costs one-tenth of unplanned repairs. Vibration monitoring provides significant ROI by detecting machine faults before they occur.

Pulp and paper industry vibration monitoring >

Describes the conditions found in paper and pulp factories, and appropriate vibration monitoring solutions.

Rail car vibration monitoring >

Applying predictive maintenance technologies can improve efficiency.

Water and waste water vibration monitoring >

After a catastrophic pump failure, Loudon County Water Authority implemented continuous vibration monitoring to trend machine health and prevent unplanned down time.

Industry instructional presentations

Automotive accelerometer applications >

Vibration monitoring solutions for machines used in automotive manufacturing including turnmat machine, motors, pumps. How to detect and when to apply vibration monitoring, plus helpful and valuable tips

Machine tool applications >

Vibration monitoring solutions for industrial machine tool applications

Pharmaceutical applications >

Vibration monitoring sensors for air handler, chemical shaker, cooling towers used in pharmaceutical plant environments

Power generation applications >

Vibration monitoring solutions for pumps, fans, turbines, cooling towers at power generation plants and facilities

Power plant applications >

Vibration monitoring sensors for industrial machinery used at power plant applications

Pulp and paper applications >

Vibration monitoring sensors, cables and connectors for press and forming section, dryer section in paper plant environments. Sensor selection recommendations, and cable routing considerations.