Whether you’re new to vibration monitoring and considering which accelerometers are appropriate for your application or are simply replacing existing accelerometers, making sure you select the right equipment for your requirements is critical to the effectiveness of the vibration monitoring process.
So, before you begin conversations with accelerometer suppliers, we recommend asking yourself a number of important questions to help make specification easier, while also ensuring better results. Here are our top ten:
1. What is the vibration range I need to monitor?
2. What is the vibration frequency span I need to monitor?
3. What is the temperature range in the environment I’ll be monitoring?
4. Will the accelerometer(s) come into contact with chemicals or debris?
5. Is the atmosphere hazardous, or is there a risk of explosion?
6. Are there electromagnetic fields present that could affect the accelerometer(s)?
7. Could electrical noise in the environment affect the data?
8. Will the accelerometers(s) be exposed to liquid?
9. Can I/my team easily and safely access equipment to collect data?
10. Is the surface that the accelerometer(s) is mounted on grounded?
Armed with the answers to these questions, you can work alongside an experienced specialist supplier to choose the right accelerometers for your needs.
About the Author
Chris HansfordManaging Director, Hansford Sensors
Chris Hansford is a qualified electromechanical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the vibration monitoring industry. In 1986, he was involved in the formation of a sensor manufacturing company and, as Managing Director for 20 years, successfully grew the business and gained a wealth of commercial experience within the UK market. In 2006, Chris moved on to set-up Hansford Sensors Ltd, a manufacturer of accelerometers and ancillary equipment that has already become a global market leader.