App Enables Predictive Maintenance of Multiple Machines
GTI Predictive Technology’s VibePro 24/7 combines route data collection and analysis with wireless online vibration and temperature sensors for rotating equipment and bearing health.
GTI Predictive Technology’s VibePro 24/7 combines remote data collection and analysis with wireless vibration and temperature sensors monitoring rotating equipment and bearing health.
The app provides predictive tools on an iPad platform to monitor a variety of assets. It is said to offer portability, connectivity and affordability as a scalable predictive maintenance product that performs continuous asset vibration and wear monitoring. An unlimited number of wireless motes (sensor nodes) are managed by a central base station to acquire data for intelligent tracking. All machine data is collected in one place, enhancing route collection, the company says.
The unit contains a three-axis acceleration and temperature sensor for higher frequency bandwidth while maintaining sensitivity, says the company. Designed for demanding environments, the hardware is said to require minimal time for installation. An expanded antenna selection aids long-range data collection tasks.
VibePro 24/7 combines the features of GTI’s VibePro8 software and GTI-220 wireless portable sensor. Through the VibePro web app, asset condition and predictive data are can be accessed from internet-connected devices.
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