Technology Showcase: PdM Tools & Services
EP Editorial Staff | December 19, 2013
Versatile And Precise Temperature Scanner
Fluke Calibration’s 1586A Super-DAQ Precision Temperature Scanner features up to 40 analog input channels and scan rates as fast as 10 channels per second. With the flexibility of both internal and external input modules, the 1586A is designed for use both on the factory floor where channel count and scan speeds are important, and in the calibration laboratory where accuracy and quick input connections are required. The 1586A can measure thermocouples, platinum resistance thermometers (PRTs), thermistors, dc current, dc voltage, and resistance. It also offers temperature measurement accuracy of plus-or-minus 0.005 degrees Celsius for PRTs, 0.5 degrees Celsius for thermocouples and 0.002 degrees Celsius for thermistors. It features four modes of operation (scan, monitor, measure and digital multimeter) and alarms that indicate when a channel measurement exceeds an assigned high or low limit. The scanner is suited for applications such as thermal mapping, process sensor calibration, quality control testing, life-cycle testing, process monitoring and more.
Handheld TTR Tester
Megger now offers a handheld, battery-operated transformer-turns-ratio (TTR) tester, the TTR20. The instrument measures turns ratio, polarity and excitation current in single-phase and three-phase transformers, current and potential transformers, as well as voltage regulators. TTR20 uses replaceable AA batteries and can measure high turns ratio of 10,000:1 with the lowest excitation voltage and excitation current up to 100 mA. The TTR20 tests at 55 Hz to provide consistent results, features multiple voltages to keep current low, and will not saturate cores. The unit has leads available in four lengths and features a large backlit LCD screen. Megger claims repeatability to be better than 0.5%. The design of the TTR20 allows the user to operate the test set while holding it in one hand; the unit needs no additional software and comes ready to use complete out of the box.
Belt/Sheave Laser Alignment
The Mr. Shims Belt/Sheave Laser Alignment System shows both parallel and angular misalignment, making aligning equipment faster and more accurate than other methods. It’s also possible for the alignment to be done by one technician. Mr. Shims comes in a carrying case with a battery-operated, laser line emitter and three adjustable targets that all connect magnetically to the sheaves. The laser and targets set up in minutes, showing you exactly what to do. According to the company, the system can help reduce vibration, extend the life of belts and sheaves, aid in proper belt tensioning, and help eliminate downtime and production delays.
Villa Park, IL
Automated Oil-Analysis Reports
Tribologik’s expert system generates oil-analysis reports automatically without human intervention, which can help prevent errors and interpretation differences among experts. Tribologik® ISO 17025 : 2005 laboratories monitor the condition of lubricants and equipment, including oil and equipment diagnostic, maintenance recommendations and the logic behind these recommendations. They also provide raw test results, testing history of equipment and trends. Tribologik contains over 2,000 maintenance rules and algorithms applied to industrial and transport oils, greases, coolants and equipment, including engines, hydraulics, bearings, gearboxes, differentials, transmissions, compressors, etc. It is the result of more than 20 years of continuous research and development on oil analysis, tested in real maintenance by major corporations. Thousands of performance rules have been assembled and new information is continually being added from maintenance manuals, manufacturers, technical data, oil tests and human experience, improving the accuracy of Tribologik’s oil-analysis reports and recommendations. Tribologik is available under licensing or SaaS agreement.
Montreal, QC, Canada