Vibration Sensor Eases Data Collection


According to Fluke, vibration monitoring is one of the most effective ways to detect potential equipment failures before they cause downtime. However, vibration analysis is complex, and it can be cost-prohibitive to place sensors on noncritical assets. The company’s 3561 FC vibration sensor is said to improve uptime by adding remote, continuous vibration monitoring to virtually any rotating equipment. With a frequency range of 10 to 1,000 hertz, the sensor detects and notifies users of conditional changes caused by critical faults like imbalance, misalignment, looseness and bearing wear, providing warning of impending equipment failure.


The 3561 FC sensor is small enough to fit in hard-to-reach locations on equipment and allegedly affordable enough to install on many assets. Reportedly, installation and setup are simple and the triaxial sensors deliver continuous measurements while the asset is in use, permitting maintenance technicians to remain at a safe distance, away from dangerous rotating equipment.


Vibration data from the sensor is wirelessly transmitted via Fluke’s 3502 FC Gateway to Fluke Connect Condition Monitoring (FCCM) software. The Fluke Connect app allows teams to view vibration data, enabling them to screen for potential equipment degradation. FCCM software aggregates real-time and historical data from all Fluke Connect-enabled tools and sensors for a comprehensive picture of equipment health. Teams are empowered to make informed maintenance decisions. The software also generates automatic alarms when assets experience conditional changes outside the Fluke Overall Vibration Severity scale parameters, notifying maintenance team members before issues become critical.


For more knowledge, checkout the 3561 FC Vibration Sensor and Fluke 3502 FC Gateway resources and datasheet, call 800-443-5853), and/or email [email protected].