(Cary, NC - Nov. 2, 2005) - LORD Corporation - a leader in the management of motion, vibration and noise - has announced a new portable balancing instrument and vibration analyzer, the LORD Balance Check.
Designed with an intuitive user interface that makes it easy to use for beginners and experts alike, the LORD Balance Check can be used to detect unbalance, identify the correction capacity required to offset unbalance, and verify balance once it is restored. With its flexible instrument platform, the portable tool can be used in the field for machinery diagnostics, quality testing on production lines, vibration or FFT analysis, bump (rap) testing, and live signal recording. Such flexibility provides users with a single tool capable of providing effective maintenance, inspection and diagnostic solutions for a broad range of services.
The LORD Balance Check hardware is based on a high-performance handheld computer. The instrument uses a 400MHz XScale processor, large color display, easy operation function keys and has high-speed data acquisition capabilities through USB, IrDA & RS232. Designed with durability in mind, the rugged Balance Check instrument has IP65 (dust and water) sealing and a two-meter (Mil-Std 810 spec) multiple drop test rating to ensure it withstands the daily abuse associated with an industrial environment. Data integrity is maintained through the internal 64-MB flash memory and external SD/CF/PCMCIA storage. The protective cover and color screen make the device suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Capable of high precision static or dynamic reading in one or two planes on fans, impellers or machine tools, the on-screen step-by-step guide to balancing makes the instrument easy to use. The Balance Check can verify general machine health by checking vibration measurements to international standards, as well as provide operator feedback and easy diagnosis of common machinery faults. Other potential uses include bearing analysis to reduce potential downtime, recording of live dynamic signals for complex analysis and logging of static signals such as temperature, gaps and alignment over a period of time.
The LORD Balance Check's modular approach to measurement allows the user to customize the firmware running on the instrument to suit their specific needs. The instrument also provides the option to upload images of actual machinery and transducer measurement positions to ensure valid data collection. Data can also be easily transferred to a PC using Microsoft ActiveSync and can be imported into Microsoft Excel for graphing and accurate reporting.
With eight decades of experience providing vibration, motion and noise control solutions, LORD Corporation has a wide variety of technologies and products for virtually any industry. According to Stephen Williams, LORD Corporation Balancing Sales Manager, LORD Corporation decided to launch the LORD Balance Check instrument to provide a cost-effective means to reliably protect and predict downtime associated with unbalance.
With headquarters in Cary, NC, and sales in excess of $500-MM, LORD Corporation is a privately held company that designs, manufactures and markets devices and systems to manage mechanical motion and control noise and vibration; formulates, produces and sells general purpose and specialty adhesives and coatings; and develops products and systems utilizing magnetically responsive technologies. With manufacturing in eight countries and offices in more than 15 major business centers, LORD Corporation employs more than 2,400 worldwide. Visit www.lord.com for more information.