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Integrated machine vibration analysis with every B&R X20 module

14 November 2012

B&R's X20 module includes a vibration analysis function enabling condition monitoring to be set up as an integral standard feature for every machine equipped with this device.

Until now, preventive maintenance based on data from permanent condition monitoring has been rarely practiced due to the high cost of conventional systems. The X20 module remedies this by maximizing machine availability while minimizing the time and money spent on maintenance, allowing significant reductions to the total cost of ownership of machines and systems. Preventive maintenance control based on the condition of the machinery can be planned more efficiently and performed during breaks in production.

Machines can be continuously monitored and the results can then be used to determine exactly which parts of the machinery, if any, require maintenance. With a width of two slots, the module provides four input channels with an IEPE interface (integrated electronic piezoelectric) 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 like configurable damage frequency values, which are then transferred directly to the CPU via Powerlink or any other standard fieldbus system.

The condition parameters generated by this module not only provide operators with the information they need to optimize maintenance intervals, but are also available for use directly as input in the automation software. B&R Automation Studio makes it easy to configure the X20CM4810 and programme how the machine should respond to a status change, significantly reducing the amount of time and effort spent working with software.


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