B&R introduces a new X20 module with onboard intelligence for vibration analysis that can make condition monitoring an integrated and standard feature in every machine.
Preventive maintenance based on data from permanent condition monitoring has been rarely practiced due to the high cost of conventional systems. Preventive maintenance control based on the condition of the machinery can be planned more effectively and performed during breaks in production.
By maximising machine availability while minimising the time and money spent on maintenance, the new X20 module allows significant reductions to the total cost of ownership of machines and systems.
B&R’s X20CM4810 module is a new dedicated condition monitoring tool for machine builders and end users. Eugene Mayevsky from Australian B&R distributor DAANET explains that the innovative X20 module allows operators to continuously monitor the status of an entire system, with the results used to determine the specific machine parts that require maintenance.
The condition parameters generated by this module not only provide operators with the information they need to optimise maintenance intervals, but are also available for use directly as input in the automation software.
With a width of two slots, the module provides four input channels with an IEPE interface for querying acceleration sensors. This interface supplies the sensors with power, samples their signals and processes them internally to generate more than 70 condition parameters, which are then transferred directly to the CPU via POWERLINK or any other standard fieldbus system.
According to Mayevsky, the main criteria B&R focused on when developing these modules was that they needed to be easy to use as part of an overall automation solution without requiring expertise in vibration mechanics.
Key features of B&R’s X20CM4810 modules:
- Provides four input channels with an IEPE interface
- Fits alongside standard X20 range PLC IO modules
- Integrated evaluation of vibration patterns completely eliminates the need to forward raw data to an external CPU for analysis
- Reduced load on the fieldbus and system CPU as well as elimination of superfluous interfaces
- Simple programming significantly reduces time and effort spent working with software