Conveyor belt systems, although seemingly simple in design, can be catastrophic upon failure and in a fast-paced working environment, it’s vital that machines are kept up and running for as much of the year as possible.
If you’re unsure of how to optimize the time that your equipment is ripe and ready, it may be wise to look into vibration sensors for condition monitoring.
We’ve compiled 10 reasons that your conveyor belt needs vibration sensors (mounted in the right way) before it moves another product as little as 2 more inches.
1. To ensure machine monitoring point accuracy
If you’re using a machine day-in and day-out, the chances are that at some point down the line, the accuracy is going to be out slightly. Think of it as a watch that needs reset every couple of months when it starts to run fast – machines are exactly the same.
“Measurements that are close to a known value are said to be accurate”
To ensure machine monitoring point accuracy, it’s wise to keep updated with vibration sensors as your informative. You’ll be surprised at just how much information comes from the vibration of the components.
2. To ensure machine precision
Similarly, the precision of the machine is also affected by its lifespan.
“Measurements that are close to one another are said to be precise.”
With use comes the deterioration of precision. If the value of this precision decreases beyond tolerance, you’re going to want to know – and it is pretty difficult to see if you’re not using vibration sensors.
3. To ensure system reliability
Reliability is key in any form of industry and your conveyor belt can be vital to the performance of a system.
Constant condition monitoring that flags at the times you need it most is key and will ensure that minimal downtime is used.
4. To prevent fires
Built-in temperature sensors monitor the overheating of roller bearings due to conveyor belt tension.
Overheated roller bearings are prone to starting fires, fueled by dust, grease or paint. It’s vital to monitor these components, particularly in an automated system to avoid the flames and cooking your assembly line.
Installing vibration sensors on your conveyor belts can help you keep them safe and flame-free.
5. To diagnose mechanical and electrical faults
There’s nothing worse than undiagnosable mechanical or (even worse) electrical faults.
Vibration sensors provide valuable spectra information on some mechanical and electrical faults, meaning there’s less time drying the teeth and more time solving the issues.
Time is money in this business and it’s possible to display a fault reading within seconds, it’s a service worth its weight in gold.
6. Process equipment protection
Process equipment protection is yet another of the benefits of vibration sensors with the diagnosis of errors before they can materialize into faults.
Allowing vibration condition monitoring will allow the protection of the process equipment, potentially saving money in the long run.
7. Condition monitoring diagnostic
Similarly, with the use of condition monitoring, diagnostic tools can be utilized to solve faults and find the next steps.
With the analysis of the vibration characteristics, its never been easier to discover what’s gone wrong and why. A look at the vibration changes will give huge clues to the areas affected, narrowing down the potential culprits for issues within the system.
8. Comparison with the history of the machine
Vibration sensors also allow for the comparison with the history of the machine, showing real-time updates of the vibration patterns.
With a machine learning based approach, the vibration patterns can be observed and with a variety of algorithms, can be shown to exhibit a variety of behaviors characteristic of wear.
9. Comparison between similarly located machines
Each of the monitoring points can be compared to past records of other similarly located machines to ensure optimal machine performance and reliability.
Although some vibration reports will easily be able to show a shift and thus an issue e.g. a large shift in the natural frequency of a roller bearing, the ability to compare the history of other, similarly located machines optimises the ability of the software to predict and diagnose issues.
10. To prevent machine downtime
Ultimately, the main benefit of vibration sensors on a conveyor belt is the minimization of the downtime of the products.
By allowing for scheduled maintenance as and when the software recommends and the identification/diagnosis of faults as they occur – the downtime is minimized in the system, ultimately saving money.
Get a VTB-RS485 Conveyor Belt Vibration Sensor from Machine Saver
If you’re looking for vibration sensors to fit a variety of sizes, why not try the original award-winning VTB sensor for machine protection and diagnostics.
The VTB-RS485 Sensor is easily install-able with a one-size-fits-all approach. The smart programmable design equips reliability engineers and maintenance professionals with one sensor to rule them all. With suitability to fit motors, pumps, fans, compressors, engines, centrifuges and cooling towers – you’ll see vibration level outputs in x,y and z directions for acceleration, velocity and temperature to ensure maximum dynamic vibration information in real-time automated conditions.
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10 Reasons Your Conveyor Belts Need Vibration Sensors | Machine Saver, Inc. – Houston, TX