TE Connectivity introduced Wireless Vibration Sensors for Condition Monitoring


TE Connectivity (TE) is a global technology leader, providing connectivity and sensor solutions essential in today’s increasingly connected world.

Condition-based monitoring of rotating equipment assets is a proven method of managing plant reliability and safety that has been practiced for decades. Vibration monitoring is a dominant portion of that. Traditionally, vibration sensors have been installed on the machine and hardwired back to a central machinery protection system (e.g. vibration monitor). While reliable, this technique is expensive and therefore usually reserved for large rotating machines; typically steamdriven turbines or large combustion (gas) turbines, deemed “critical” to the plant’s operation. For less critical assets (the so-called balance-of-plant machines), such as centrifugal pumps and compressors, the business case for installing such a condition monitoring system is less clear, or even untenable. The loss of availability of such machines, however, are in some cases no less important to the safe, reliable operation of a plant. There still exists, then, a need to economically condition monitor balance-of-plant machines.

As a solution, wireless vibration sensors have been proposed for over a decade. Many commercial implementations have met with mixed results, for a number of reasons. TE Connectivity (TE) feels that technology and market forces have converged sufficiently, however, to introduce such a wireless sensor.

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