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Vibration Levels - Only a Click Away

30 April 2007

Monitran, a world leader in the design and manufacture of vibration sensors, has launched VI-sage (“visage”), a combined hardware and web-based solution to assist companies to monitor vibration data remotely as part of their asset management and predictive maintenance routines. Further, VI-sage can also notify users, via SMS text messaging and email, if user-defined vibration levels are reached.

Employing the technologies of UK-based t-mac®, the VI-sage hardware is available with either eight or 26 input channels (for sensors) and either four or 16 outputs respectively. Users can log into their accounts (from any PC with Internet access) and check near real-time data, view historical data and control VI-sage’s outputs.

Neill Ovenden, Monitran’s Sales and Marketing Director, comments: “By enabling users to access vibration levels via the web we’re making visible, from anywhere in the world, the very information that will help companies realise truly cost-effective, remote monitoring and control. There’s no need for expensive cables, no need for bespoke software and, if all’s well, a reduced need for site visits.”

The VI-sage hardware units can either connect directly to accelerometers and other sensors or they can interface with one or more networks of sensors via Monitran’s MultiSelect products. The units also integrate seamlessly with Monitran’s shutdown protection systems.

Data is uploaded to www.vi-sage.com into secure user accounts. Ovenden: “The VI-sage web server provides users with 24-7 access to their data, in the form of graphs and tables.” Data can also be exported as comma separated values (i.e. .csv files) for analysis in spreadsheet and database packages.

VI-sage (hardware) settings are made on the web site and then automatically downloaded to the units, where the new configuration takes immediate effect. In addition, the site’s user interface can be customised to present the most relevant data in the most relevant format, and it is easy to set up additional user accounts - configuring each with varying levels of access.

Ovenden concludes: “Monitran’s VI-sage, as an off-the-shelf solution, has brought about a new era for remote asset management and predictive maintenance. For example, it’s easy to imagine a scenario where a maintenance engineer may be at home but on call-out. Upon receipt of an email or text message, the engineer could access the asset’s condition monitoring solutions and decide whether corrective measures can be implemented remotely or whether a site visit is necessary.”

Monitran’s VI-sage, powered by t-mac, is available immediately. Also, to celebrate the launch of this revolutionary system, Monitran is, making special introductory offers available including a free site survey for every potential installation, subject to status.


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