Press Release Summary:
AsÂ stand-alone unit or integrated intoÂ control system, SKF Machine Tool Observer MTx connects all operating-parameter sensors to actively monitor, observe, and log performance history of machine tool spindles, grinding machines, or other rotating equipment. Accumulated condition levels, with continuous recording and long-term storage of critical data,Â allow intelligent monitoring. MCU-based electronics assembly with internal memory can connect to up toÂ 6 different types of various sensors for monitoring multiple parameters.
Original Press Release:
New SKF Machine Tool Observer MTx Serves as Single Device Connecting all Sensors for Active Monitoring and Data Logging
The new SKF Machine Tool Observer MTx serves as a single device connecting all operating-parameter sensors to actively monitor, observe, and log the performance history of machine tool spindles, grinding machines, or other rotating equipment. This flexible solution collects information about the accumulated condition levels of a machine tool via the connected sensors to provide intelligent monitoring with continuous recording and long-term storage of critical operating data. The MTx can be used as a stand-alone unit or integrated into a control system, whether for OEM or end-user applications. The technology ultimately supports preventive maintenance objectives by helping to detect operating abnormalities before they can escalate.
The system consists of a microcontroller-based electronics assembly with internal memory for data storage in real time. The electronics assembly can be connected to up to six different sensor types for monitoring vibration, speed, temperature, humidity, eddy probes, and oil streak, among other parameters. It supports a wide range of different types of sensors, where a maximum of 14 of these sensor types can be connected at the same time. The system compiles detailed documentation of machine tool history and working conditions and enables traceability of incidents by accurately logging their duration, date, and time.
For parameterization and data presentation a sophisticated Server/Client software package has been developed for standard Ethernet (LAN) interface with DHCP/IP protocol. The software package allows users to effectively manage and run multiple units installed on a PC, network, or over the Internet. Each connected sensor can be monitored online for ongoing accessibility and shared evaluation.
The compact MTx is easy to install and requires minimal wiring. In addition, two relay outputs can be configured for alarm or emergency stops and email alerts can be generated, based on predetermined sensor limits.
SKF USA Inc.
Direct Web link: www.skf.com/MTx
SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2013 were SEK 63,597 million and the number of employees was 48,401. www.skf.com