Conditonal monitoring applies to various industries such as energy, automotive, construction and many more requiring to boost their productivity levels and decrease production and maintenance costs. With the expansion of advanced technologies in the modern era, industries have become more keen in developing sustainable technologies that utilize conditional monitoring.
Conditional monitoring helps in assessing the quality of a product during the production process itself and control key factors affecting the results such as temperature, vibration, contamination and other factors. These factors are controlled and improved in order to ensure safety, decreased environmental risks and optimised plant efficiency.
Monitoring the commutator in electric motors
For electric motors located in difficult-to-reach places, continous monitoring of commutator condition is advisable. The commutator monitoring practices are employed in research and development laboratories, for quality control during and following production, or during commissioning of plant. For performing these monitoring tasks, eddy current sensors are incorporated to monitor the mechanical condition of the commutator in DC electric motors or generators.
Vibration displacement measurement in road tests
The automotive industry requires the testing a chassis or the base frame of the vehicle for ensuring driving safety of a vehicle. For doing this, highly robust sensor technology is required that can also withstand the high demands of road tests. Draw-wire sensors are considered suitable for performing this type of measurement for they are available in miniature size, are easy to fit and use and highly economical.
Measuring vibrations on an engine manifold
An internal combustion engine demands continuos optimization of processes. For this, a whole series of engine management operations are required. This includes temperature measurement of the exhaust gas that is done using a thermocouple within the manifold and examining the propensity to vibrate in the comubustion engine. It is also important to examine the way the combustion engine is attached and the mechanical rigidity of the structure. To perform this kind of measurement, blue laser sensors are incorporated.
Brake disc topography measurement
In the automotive industry, brake disc testing is carried out in order to check the wear of the brake pads. They can be made from a variety of materials such as grey cast iron or ceramics. If a brake disc has been made with ceramics, it is more likely to exhibit great response characteristics, braking power and component weight reduction. To measure any wear in the brake pads, several tests are conducted. The major challenge faced during these tests is the changing surface structure such as matt, glossy, rough or smooth.
Load detection in washing machines
Load measurement in washing machines is required to ensure reduced operating costs and lesser environmental damage. The load must be measured before the washing starts, in order to determine the approprate dosage of detergent required to wash a certain amount of clothes. A cost-effective and efficient way to do this is by using magneto-inductive displacement sensors in the process. These sensors are directly integrated in the damper.