18 December, 2017

User-friendly automatic fault-finding CM system

17 August, 2016

Precision bearing manufacturer Schaeffler has launched a standalone system for monitoring the condition of rotating plant and equipment with fixed or variable speeds from 100 to 15,000 rpm. Schaeffler reports that, due to its automatic fault assessment feature, the system can be operated by maintenance staff with little or no expertise in vibration monitoring technology.


The FAG SmartQB is a ready-to-use, pre-configured condition monitoring system for pumps, compressors, fans gearboxes and electric motors, which is claimed to be simple to install (commissioning takes just five minutes), requiring no specific skills or knowledge of vibration diagnosis.

When changes occur in the condition of the equipment, FAG SmartQB automatically generates plain text messages on its 7-inch display.

The FAG SmartQB early warning system comprises of a FAG SmartQB sensor unit (a variant of the existing FAG SmartCheck condition monitoring device), a cube-shaped housing with touchscreen display, and a cable for power and data transmission (Power-over-Ethernet).

Plug-and-play condition monitoring

Dr Steve Lacey, engineering manager at Schaeffler UK, commented: “FAG SmartQB allows any customer to monitor their machines without needing vibration monitoring experts or extensive training. Customers want a plug-and-play condition monitoring system that is easy to install and operate, and which provides automatic, clear answers to any machine problems that occur. FAG SmartQB achieves all of this at a very favourable price-performance ratio.”

A total of six sensors can be connected to one FAG SmartQB and allocated to multiple machines, individual machine components or sub-assemblies as required. Additional sensors can be easily added using the display – in a similar way to initial system installation.

Due to its 24/7 monitoring capability, FAG SmartQB can help companies reduce machine downtime and maximise plant availability. The system is therefore suitable for use in a wide range of industry sectors including cement, paper, steel and water, as well as other process manufacturing and mechanical engineering industries. The system is currently being trialled in various customer projects in these sectors.

www.schaeffler.co.uk




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