- December 15, 2016
- Yokogawa Corporation of America
December 15, 2016 - Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced that it has developed an ISA100 Wireless-based field wireless vibration sensor with the ability to quickly update data and a long battery life, and will release it in North America in January 2017. By providing real-time updates on vibration levels in plant facilities, this sensor helps users quickly detect equipment anomalies and enables predictive maintenance.
With a field wireless system, plant field devices and analyzers are able to communicate wirelessly with host-level monitoring and control systems. The rising need to improve productivity and enhance safety by collecting more data on plant operations is driving the demand for field wireless devices, which can be installed even in difficult to access locations. Field wireless devices have the added advantage of reducing installation costs.
Vibration sensors are useful for the condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of plant machinery such as compressors, pumps, and motors. Conventional methods for monitoring vibration include the use of vibration sensors that rely on wired communications with a host system, and patrols by maintenance staff to collect vibration data.
Since releasing the first ISA100 Wireless-based field wireless devices and wireless systems, Yokogawa has expanded its lineup of field wireless devices that measure temperature, pressure, flow rate, and the like.
The principal components of this field wireless vibration sensor are the FN510 field wireless multifunction module, the LN01 piezoelectric type acceleration sensor, and the FN110 field wireless communication module. Via a gateway device, the FN510 uses the ISA100 Wireless communications protocol to exchange data with a host-level system such as a DCS. The data collected with this vibration sensor enables plant operators and maintenance staff to monitor vibration levels in real time. Both explosion proof and non-explosion proof types are available.