Maintaining Acceleration and Velocity Sensors and How It Affects Your Bottom Line

Published by Cyndi Rude   – August 24, 2015
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Portability, ease of use, and ruggedness made ReferenceMate, a handheld shaker from Meggitt formerly Wilcoxon, a stand out in predictive maintenance and condition monitoring. Quickly and easily users can check operation and set-up of accelerometers and velocity sensors in the field. This ensures confidence in the entire measurement chain before beginning expensive tests and calibration.

The REF2510 promotes continuous cost savings through affordability and steady equipment performance. Being able to check acceleration and velocity measurements with no imperial-metric conversions means no extra steps and no calculations. This saves valuable time and increases employee efficiency. In the field users can simply select frequency and measurement type (peak or RMS) at the push of a button.

ReferenceMate has been designed with multiple features that ensure accurate readings and proper operation. LED indicators activate if battery levels are low or if the unit is overloaded. A built-in reference accelerometer maintains a 1 g test level for sensors weighing up to 250 grams. Additional features include a belt clip for portability; carry case with shoulder strap, 40 continuous battery hours, magnet mounting for hands free operation, and an anti-roll design to keep the unit in place.

Typical applications include use with industrial and manufacturing equipment, rotating machinery, online monitoring systems, protection systems, and cable integrity checks. Sensor calibration or replacement can lead to full-scale plant shutdowns. Machinery downtime can result in lost profit of up to tens of thousands of dollars per hour. The REF2510 helps minimize downtime by providing a way to efficiently check sensors, enabling real-time decisions in the field. This simple verification can result in cost savings and increased reliability of monitoring systems.

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