Wireless: New equipment health monitoring platform

12/20/2007


Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has raised the ante for wireless instrumentation platforms by introducing its OneWireless Equipment Health Monitoring (EHM) system. HPS is offering this in conjunction with SKF , using a combination of hardware and software from both companies. This system is aimed at applications where equipment is not super-critical, since those installations usually already have monitoring. EHM installations will typically be those that are the next level down, where traditional monitoring systems have been considered too expensive to be cost effective.

OneWireless EHM will transmit complete spectral information wirelessly– including vibration amplitude and operating parameter information – from the field to the plant control room, helping reduce equipment failures and improve business performance through lower maintenance costs. The system centers around a basic device that is designed to monitor one equipment installation. The EHM device has eight instrument channels: four are designed for vibration sensors and four accept standard 4-20 mA transmitters of any kind. In this application, those will typically be temperature, rotation or current level sensors.

The OneWireless EHM isn’t just a box, it’s a full solution, says Jeff Becker, global wireless business director for HPS. “It includes the infrastructure, software, and services to get it up and running. There’s software at a couple different layers. The EHM box itself takes the vibration data and performs FFTs (fast Fourier transforms) on the device. It sends that data back to an analysis package that’s on the network that can take the data and perform trending, different kinds of threshold alarming, etc. That software interfaces to other DCS software using an OPC interface to pass data.”

Honeywell says the EHM system collects acceleration, velocity, temperature and bearing condition data and delivers it to process operators and maintenance personnel to alert them of any equipment problems. The device is a cost-effective and efficient alternative to the manual inspections that many industrial facilities employ to monitor the health of rotating equipment such as pumps, compressors and motors.

The EHM software can deduce probable bearing defects, misalignment, pump cavitations and impeller wear. The software can then translate the data into alarms that can be configured to appear in the plant’s DCS and asset management platform. Additionally, the system can be installed in less than four hours on a pre-installed OneWireless network, and readily integrates with Honeywell DCS or other platform using OPC.

“Wired equipment instrumentation solutions provide effective condition monitoring, but the equipment and installation costs may be impractical, and the few wireless alternatives are very limited in functionality and the information they provide,” says Becker. “OneWireless EHM provides all the information needed to pinpoint problems before equipment failure. It acts as another set of eyes in the field and helps technicians better anticipate maintenance and avoid downtime.”

In addition to stand-alone OneWireless EHM components, Honeywell offers OneWireless EHM starter kits, which contain everything necessary to monitor between four and eight plant assets wirelessly, depending on individual facility needs.

—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com ,
Control Engineering Weekly News





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40; Future vision: Where is manufacturing headed?; Electrical distribution, redefined
Strategic outsourcing delivers efficiency; Sleeve bearing clearance; Causes of water hammer; Improve air quality; Maintenance safety; GAMS preview
World-class maintenance: The three keys to success - Deploy people, process and technology; 2016 Lubrication Guide; Why hydraulic systems get hot
Flexible offshore fire protection; Big Data's impact on operations; Bridging the skills gap; Identifying security risks
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me