vibration monitoring for wastewater treatment

Equipment monitoring and maintenance in a wastewater treatment setting isn’t optional. Failures are often highly publicized events resulting in an angry public and regulatory sanctions. And so it should be. Each water treatment plant operator owes it to the public to ensure the quality of the water discharged.

It is imperative to protect the environment from dangerous levels of bacteria, chemicals, and toxins that could be released due to wastewater plant equipment failures.

There’s just no excuse to cut corners in waste water treatment, especially considering the high stakes involved.

vibration monitoring for wastewater treatment

Vibration Monitoring Solutions for Wastewater Treatment

In terms of vibration monitoring solutions, the wastewater treatment plant operator has many choices with various costs associated. In this article we’ll explain why the lowest cost options are usually insufficient in the context of waste water treatment, due to the potentially high cost of machine failures.

vibration monitoring for wastewater treatmentThe Lowest Cost Solution

The lowest cost solution for vibration monitoring is the simple mechanical vibration switch. These switches are simple devices designed to trip when excessive g-forces are detected.

Unfortunately, mechanical switch failures are often impossible to detect, which could leave machines totally unprotected. Use of mechanical vibration switches also means:

  • no data collection
  • no ability to analyze trends
  • no advance warnings of mechanical failure

For these reasons, mechanical vibration switches are unsuitable for the demanding applications associated with wastewater treatment.


The lowest cost solution is also usually the lowest quality one.


vibration monitoring for wastewater treatmentVibration Transmitter and Switch

Stepping up the scale are the two-wire loop powered vibration transmitter and the electronic vibration switch. These simple devices can be integrated with control systems, and do a better job providing vibration data than the mechanical switch, but don’t provide the robust data collection and analysis capabilities that Machine Saver’s line of vibration sensing equipment can.

These devices may also be susceptible to extreme temperatures and corrosive conditions often found in the modern wastewater treatment plant, and are therefore unsuited for use in wastewater treatment plants.

VTB-Trivibe Sensor

On the other hand, the VTB-Trivibe sensor from Machine Saver is ideally suited to operation in wastewater treatment plants.

VTB-Trivibe sensors have the ability to monitor vibration on three-axes with a supported frequency range of 0.4Hz to 5000Hz. Each VTB-Trivibe sensor also has digital temperature monitoring built in, and are rated to withstand temperatures from -40 to 105 degrees Celsius.

Multiple Trivibe sensors can be networked together via industry standard RS-485 interface and MODBUS protocol, providing visibility into all aspects of wastewater treatment. Vibration data from each sensor can then be collected using MachineGate LTE Gateway and analyzed using Machine Saver’s Web Portal.

Protect your Wastewater Treatment Plant with Vibration Monitoring

The various machines operating in a wastewater treatment plant are often times difficult or dangerous to access, making physical inspection impossible. Installing a vibration monitoring system from Machine Saver allows plant operators to virtually inspect every piece of equipment in the plant from anywhere in the world.

If vibration or temperature anomalies are detected, the operator can schedule preventative maintenance before failure happens. No other vibration monitoring solution offers the scalability, reliability, and flexibility that Machine Saver does.

vibration monitoring for wastewater treatment

The Importance of Maintenance and Vibration Monitoring in Wastewater Treatment Plants | Machine Saver, Inc. – Houston, TX