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09.01.2017 Measuring performance of vibrating machines with a smartphone

Schenck Process, Darmstadt, Germany, has launched its first app, vibe2know™, which allows anyone to determine a vibrating machine’s current performance. The user simply inserts a smartphone into a specially designed mount and attaches it to the equipment. The app then immediately measures vibratory amplitude, frequency, oscillating angle and operating speed, thereby enabling the user to visualise the vibrating machine’s motion pattern. By obtaining a quick indication of these key parameters, operators can avoid a sudden production outage and plan timely maintenance intervention. vibe2know is already available via app stores for iOS, Android and Windows. It is said to be highly intuitive to use and includes a brief tutorial. The mount, which is easily attached to equipment by means of a magnet on its reverse side, can be obtained directly from Schenck Process.
The idea for vibe2know came from a Schenck Process employee in the company’s in-house R&D department, which was taken up and implemented by the new ‘future lab’ (see EBS News for week of 31 October 2016).
Checking if screeners and other vibratory machines are giving good vibes by means of vibe2know 

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