Types of Vibration Sensors

Machine Saver, Inc. is proud to manufacture the highest quality vibration sensors on the market, for a variety of industries and applications. At Machine Saver, we are committed to excellence, and you can find vibration sensors for any machine, any industry, and nearly every application.

Engine Vibration Sensors

Engine vibration sensors are a great way to protect your machinery. The most typical reasons an engine fails are overheating, improper lubrication, leaks, and shortage of proper lubrication.

Vibration sensors can prevent all of that from happening. Or, when it does happen, vibration sensors can help you understand why and fix the problem quickly so it doesn’t happen again anytime soon.

 

Other benefits of engine vibration sensors include:

  • Built-in automatic sensor test verification and diagnostics insures machine monitoring point accuracy, precision, and system reliability
  • Built-in temperature sensor to detect insufficient liquid coolant or flow of oil to prevent  excessive internal block damage and subsequent failure
  • Excessive machine casing vibration and/or temperature
  • Abnormal process equipment housing and engine block vibration
  • Vibration analysis will provide valuable spectra information on engine mechanical faults.  Specially designed algorithms are available to provide detection of power cylinder impact severity (mechanical looseness)  associated with  intake/discharge valves, internal crosshead lift/pin reversal, and piston rod load reversal
  • Power cylinder pre-detonation and detonation(engine knock)
  • Process equipment protection and condition monitoring diagnostics
  • Overall machinery vibration monitoring or user defined band-pass filters to customize the vibration monitoring for the type of process equipment or application, e.g., turbochargers
  • Unique vibration signature (x,y, and z vibration spectra) for each monitoring point can be compared to past records or other similarly located machines to insure optimal machine performance and reliability.

 

Motor Vibration Sensors

Need to protect your motors? The most common causes of motor failure include electrical overload, low resistance, overheating, contamination, and undue vibration.

Vibration sensors can help you prevent machinery failures from issues like the above, saving you thousands of dollars and tons of time.

Other benefits of motor vibration sensors include:

  • Built-in automatic sensor test verification and diagnostics insures machine monitoring point accuracy, precision, and system reliability
  • Built-in temperature sensor to provide additional over temperature protection to prevent AC or DC motor damage and subsequent failure
  • Excessive machine casing vibration and/or temperature – specifically at the bearing housings
  • Abnormal process equipment housing and foundation vibration
  • Vibration analysis will provide valuable spectra information on mechanical and some electrical faults
  • Process equipment protection and condition monitoring diagnostics
  • Overall machinery vibration monitoring or user defined band-pass filters to customize the vibration monitoring for the type of process equipment or application
  • Unique vibration signature (x,y, and z vibration spectra) for each monitoring point that can be compared to past records or other similarly located machines to insure optimal machine performance and reliability
  • As long as the VTB-Sensor is mounted radially at or around the bearings housing, the vibration signature reflects the real-time operating status of each set of bearings
  • The enhanced 3-Axis overall vibration detection provides continuous and real-time important multi-plane vibration levels for each process equipment machine asset

 

Pump Vibration Sensors

The most common reason pumps fail is leaking. Other reasons for failure include inadequate monitoring of auxiliary seal flush levels, improper installation, vibration, overheating, suction restriction and pressure, and cavitation.

This is why vibration sensors are so helpful for pumps; they can detect these issues early on, thus preventing major catastrophic failures.

Pump vibration sensors have other benefits, such as:

  • Built-in automatic sensor test verification and diagnostics ensure machine monitoring point accuracy, precision, and system reliability
  • Excessive machine casing vibration and/or temperature- specifically at the bearing housings and if possible near the impeller stage(s)
  • Abnormal process equipment housing, foundation, and piping vibration
  • Vibration analysis will provide valuable spectra information on mechanical and moving process liquid or vapor faults
  • Process equipment protection and condition monitoring diagnostics
  • Overall machinery vibration monitoring or user-defined band-pass filters to customize the vibration monitoring for the type of process equipment or application
  • Unique vibration signature (x,y, and z vibration plane) for each monitoring point that can be compared to past records or other similarly located machines to insure optimal machine performance and reliability. As long as the VTB-Sensor is mounted at or around the bearings housing, the vibration signature reflects the real-time operating status of each set of bearings.
  • The enhanced 3-Axis overall vibration detection provides continuous and real-time important multi-plane vibration levels for each process equipment machine asset

 

 

Compressor Vibration Sensors

Whether you’re working with reciprocating compressors or screw compressors, Machine Saver has innovative products that can help you protect them.

These devices typically fail due to a change in the air conditioning or refrigeration system, but can also fail for other reasons. If you’re experiencing any issues with your compressors, it’s time to install vibration sensors.

Vibration sensors can help you with rotary screw compressors:

  • Built-in automatic sensor test verification and diagnostics ensure machine monitoring point accuracy, precision, and system reliability
  • Excessive machine casing vibration and/or temperature – specifically high radial and axial acceleration levels.  As a starting point, a new rotary screw compressor can exhibit vibration levels around 0.155  in/sec rms; but overall vibration levels approaching 0.282  in/sec rms needs to be checked out.  Large rotary screw compressors with component faults can exhibit high acceleration levels up between 4.3 to 10.6 g, rms.
  • Abnormal process equipment housing and foundation vibration
  • Vibration analysis will provide valuable spectra information on mechanical and some electrical faults
  • Process equipment protection and condition monitoring diagnostics
  • Overall machinery vibration monitoring or user-defined band-pass filters to customize the vibration monitoring for the type of process equipment or application.
  • Unique vibration signature (x,y, and z vibration spectra) for each monitoring point can be compared to past records or other similarly located machines to ensure optimal machine performance and reliability
  • The lobe mesh frequency is an important vibration signature.  It is the speed of the male rotor (or female rotor) x the number of lobes.
  • The enhanced 3-Axis overall vibration detection provides continuous and real-time important multi-plane vibration levels for each process equipment machine asset

 

But they can also protect your reciprocating compressors:

  • Built-in automatic sensor test verification and diagnostics ensure machine monitoring point accuracy, precision, and system reliability
  • Excessive machine casing vibration and/or temperature.  Of all the process measurements that can be made on a reciprocating compressor- crankcase frame vibration and impact severity will be the most cost-effective.
  • Abnormal process equipment housing and foundation vibration
  • Vibration analysis will provide valuable spectra information on mechanical faults.   For integral reciprocating compressors, there are specially designed algorithms available to provide detection of impact severity (mechanical looseness) for compression cylinders and abnormal combustion gas engine detonation for the power cylinders
  • Process equipment protection and condition monitoring diagnostics.  The most common maintenance item on any reciprocating compressor is the compressor cylinders valves.  The single most costly item on any reciprocating compressor is the crankshaft
  • Overall machinery vibration monitoring or user-defined band-pass filters to customize the vibration monitoring for the type of process equipment or application, e.g., turbochargers
  • Unique vibration signature (x,y, and z vibration spectra) for each monitoring point can be compared to past records or other similarly located machines to ensure optimal machine performance and reliability.
  • There are several supports and main crankcase bearings that can be a mixture of bearing types.  As long as the several VTB-Sensors are internally mounted as close as possible to the main bearings, the vibration signature reflects the operating status of each set of bearings

 

Centrifuge Vibration Sensors

Centrifuges act as gravity, but by substituting a stronger but similar force to separate different materials. Many of these devices rotate at high speeds, but some industries use low-speed centrifuges (below 5000 rpm). On the other end of the spectrum, you may use ultracentrifuges (above 100,000 rpm).

If you’re seeing frequent failures, it may be due to improper installation, such as not properly securing the lid on the rotor or the rotor to the drive. Other causes of failure include improper balancing of tubes, using tubes not meant for that speed, incorrectly attached buckets, and overloading the rotor’s maximum mass.

No matter the issue, centrifuge vibration sensors can solve it by PREVENTING it from failing. In any case, the best way to protect your machine is to prevent failure from happening in the first place. Vibration sensors do just that by giving you real-time information about your centrifuges and notifying you of any issues. This way, you can fix them before they turn into catastrophes, saving you time and money.

Fan Vibration Sensors

Fans tend to fail due to issues like damaged pieces, incorrect alignment, loose bearing or shaft, and poor inlet conditions. Likely symptoms of these issues include low or too high airflow, excessive or not enough noise, excessive vibration, and overall fan failure.

But don’t wait until your fan fails to take care of it. Here at Machine Saver, we do not support a run-to-failure approach. Instead, we create top-of-the-line vibration sensors to help you save time and money – and your fans by protecting them with preventative maintenance.

Other benefits of fan vibration sensors include:

  • Built-in automatic sensor test verification and diagnostics ensure machine monitoring point accuracy, precision, and system reliability
  • Excessive machine casing vibration and/or temperature – specifically the fan support structure and the bearing housings
  • Abnormal process equipment foundation, housing, and structural vibration
  • Vibration analysis will provide valuable spectra information on mechanical and moving process liquid or vapor faults
  • Process equipment protection and condition monitoring diagnostics
  • Overall machinery vibration monitoring or user-defined band-pass filters to customize the vibration monitoring for the type of process equipment or application
  • Unique vibration signature (x,y, and z vibration plane) for each monitoring point that can be compared to past records or other similarly located machines to ensure optimal machine performance and reliability.
  • As long as the VTB-Sensor is mounted at or around the bearings housing, the vibration signature reflects the real-time operating status of each set of bearings
  • The enhanced 3-Axis overall vibration detection provides continuous and real-time important multi-plane vibration levels for each process equipment machine asset

 

Cooling Tower Vibration Sensors

If your cooling towers are falling prey to lack of maintenance, unexpected rises in temperature, excessive noise and vibration, water loss, reduced water flow, or lowered cooling capacity, you’re not alone. Thankfully, cooling tower vibration sensors can help.

Some of our most notable customers use vibration sensors to protect their cooling towers, including Conoco, Evapco, and Hudson.

Other cool benefits of cooling tower vibration sensors include:

  • Built-in automatic sensor test verification and diagnostics ensure machine monitoring point accuracy, precision, and system reliability
  • Built-in temperature sensor to provide additional over-temperature protection to prevent AC or DC motor damage and subsequent failure
  • Excessive machine casing vibration and/or temperature – specifically rotating large fan imbalance and system mechanical resonance during start-up
  • Abnormal process equipment foundation, housing, and cell tower structural vibration
  • Vibration analysis will provide valuable spectra information on mechanical  and some electrical faults
  • Process equipment protection and condition monitoring diagnostics
  • Overall machinery vibration monitoring or user-defined band-pass filters to customize the vibration monitoring for the type of process equipment or application
  • Unique vibration signature (x,y, and z vibration spectra) for each monitoring point can be compared to past records or other similarly located machines to ensure optimal machine performance and reliability
  • As long as the VTB-Sensor is mounted at or near the bearings housing, the vibration signature reflects the real-time operating status of each set of bearings
  • The enhanced 3-Axis overall vibration detection provides continuous and real-time important multi-plane vibration levels for each process equipment machine asset

 

Conveyor Vibration Sensors

Both Honeywell and Intelligrated trust Machine Saver’s conveyor vibration sensors to prevent catastrophic failures due to issues such as improper installation, belt slipping, damaged or worn out pieces, incorrect alignment, too much tension, mistracking, blockages, spillage, and seized rollers.

While all conveyor belts have a finite lifespan, there are ways to make them last as long as possible. And with vibration sensors, it’s easier than ever before to protect them and make them last.

Benefits of conveyer belt vibration sensors include:

  • Built-in automatic sensor test verification and diagnostics ensure machine monitoring point accuracy, precision, and system reliability
  • Built-in temperature sensor to monitor the overheating of roller bearings due to conveyor belt tension.  Overheated roller bearings can also start fires, fueled by dust, grease or paint
  • Excessive machine casing vibration and/or temperature especially the electric motor, damping coupler, gearbox and the coupler that connects the output shaft to the drive pulley
  • Abnormal process equipment housing and foundation vibration
  • Vibration analysis will provide valuable spectra information on mechanical and some electrical faults
  • Process equipment protection and condition monitoring diagnostics
  • Overall machinery vibration monitoring or user-defined band-pass filters to customize the vibration monitoring for the type of process equipment or application.
  • Unique vibration signature (x,y, and z vibration spectra) for each monitoring point can be compared to past records or other similarly located machines to ensure optimal machine performance and reliability.
  • As long as the VTB-Sensor is mounted radially at or near the bearings housing, the vibration signature reflects the operating real-time status of each set of bearings
  • The enhanced 3-Axis overall vibration detection provides continuous and real-time important multi-plane vibration levels for each process equipment machine asset