Advanced wireless conditioning sensor

Louise Smyth

Plant reliability specialist AVT Reliability has launched the latest in its new suite of intelligent condition-based monitoring and maintenance (CBM) products,­ the wireless Machine Sentry MSF-1 tri-axial vibration and temperature sensor.

The MSF-1 constitutes an advancement in the field of digital CBM, offering improved visibility, safety, speed of data transfer and environmental sustainability.

The sensor incorporates full tri-axial vibration measurement and automatic fault diagnosis assistance (ADA) to identify potential problems and enable pre-emptive action. It offers continuous monitoring, which reduces the chance of fault conditions being missed.

The MSF-1 can be paired to any Android tablet or smartphone, connecting to Machine Sentry software via Bluetooth.

Data can be collected from up to 50m away, allowing the safe and efficient monitoring of assets that would be difficult to monitor using a traditional wired accelerometer, such as collection points behind guards and large or rotating assets such as gearboxes on agitators.

A combination of low-energy Bluetooth and classic Bluetooth protocols optimises battery life and increases data transfer speed, while intelligent data compression utilities optimise the amount of data that can be stored internally.

The time waveform is stored in a high-definition raw format, giving maximum flexibility for post-processing.

Lee McFarlane, technical director at AVT Reliability, says: “The MSF-1 offers excellent real-time insight into, and analysis of, the condition of business-critical assets and plant safety.

“It constitutes a step forward in the AVT Reliability drive to make condition monitoring and asset management not only faster and more efficient, but also cheaper and user friendly. These factors have made Machine Sentry a reliability tool of choice for organisations around the globe.”