Why are details so important when it comes to wireless vibration monitoring?
When it comes to wireless monitoring, you want reliability. The last thing you need is for your monitoring equipment to fail. Otherwise, what’s the point in monitoring in the first place?
At Icon Research, we have more than just a little experience with the development of condition monitoring equipment. We’ve also had our fair share of conversations with businesses that seem hesitant to adopt condition monitoring methods because of their negative experiences with this technology and its applications. That’s why we developed the WiVib range: strong, sturdy, reliable, and built like tanks. The development process involved a lot of analysis into what details were important to invest time and energy into. As a result, we’re aware of all the things a solid wireless condition monitoring system needs to be both functional and reliable.
In this blog, we’ll take you through some of the most important details to look out for when it comes to wireless vibration monitoring, and why, more often than not, one of the WiVib products fits the bill.
Highest possible build quality is essential
The most important feature any condition monitoring equipment, including the WIVib products, is how well they are built. Saving on material costs is a technique that that most manufacturers employ to keep the price of their products low. We opted for a different route. By spending a lot of time and effort on the research and development of the WiVib range, we can keep the price low without compromising on the build quality, the components, the sensors themselves, and the materials used. As a result, we use a stainless-steel base with a sealed body with an incredibly wide temperature range, with an in-built power-saving algorithm – all of which is made possible by the way in which we combine technology and external interfacing.
The Devil is in the detail
It’s not always easy to make a good product for a fair price. But when it comes to condition monitoring, the WiVib products really do pass all the most important tests. These days, a bit of marketing and a nice product blurb make almost any condition monitoring system seem high-tech. However, it’s only once you delve into the details that you start to notice any potential shortcomings. For example, if you don’t invest into the integration of your system, then the quality itself may be high, but the usability may be completely limiting. Furthermore, it means your system, and all the set-up that went into it, may actually already be outdated in a few years. Additionally, it’s important that you have systems in place that allow you to view local connection diagnostics in real time, allowing you to assess connection issues as they happen. These are just a few of the many considerations that need to be kept in mind when purchasing a vibration monitoring system. By addressing these issues during the design process, we can anticipate any potential issues that might arise when theses systems for different applications and in various situations.
Flexible when required
We think that the hallmark of any good monitoring system is keeping the application as wide as you can, without making the system too general in its scope. That’s why we have different versions of our products – each with their own speciality, features, and functions:
WiVib‐11: temperature only
WiVib‐12: speed measurement
WiVib‐21: overall vibration and temperature
WiVib‐31: high resolution spectrum, bearing condition, overalls and temperature
That way, you can get the product you need, with the right number of features, which means you won’t have to pay for anything that your systems don’t require.
We also made sure that our sensors could be moved around or repositioned if necessary, making them flexible and portable in a literal sense as well.
Lastly, we made sure that the WiVib systems were durable and future-proofed, which is why we made sure that they could integrate with existing systems and platforms in an easy and secure manner.
That’s three tiers of flexibility, because we believe that’s how much it takes for a product to be worth your time and money.
Get started with WiVib Condition Monitoring systems
We care about our product and that people get the right condition monitoring systems for their needs. This starts by informing people about the most important factors they need to be aware of. We hope that this blog has helped clarify what elements are important to keep an eye on – if you have any more questions or want to discuss what WiVib products could work for your business, then please get in touch with us today.