If you’ve ever collected vibration data, you know it can be an uncomfortable process even at the best of times. Bending, crouching, stretching, climbing, reaching… If you’ve done it for the last 5 or so years, you’re probably an expert in yoga (even though you may never have practiced yoga in your life)! What yoga gurus don’t have to worry about though is; managing an accelerometer and cable that literally tethers you to any given machine.
Most of us know what it is like to be vigilant and constantly ensuring your cable isn’t caught or snagged in rotating plant or, making sure it doesn’t get hung up on something while just walking around. Even the most vigilant analyst cannot avoid every possible scenario where a cable can be snagged and managing the safety risk 100% of the time is impossible.
In contemporary workplaces, these issues of health and safety are of major concern. What does the Hierarchy of Hazard controls say about the most effective action to take? ‘Eliminate the risk’. Or in this case, ‘get rid of the cable’.
Formerly, the cable has been an essential part of the data collection process but hey, it’s 2019 right?
Just about everything is wireless. Why not your routine vibration sensor too?
• Imagine if you no longer had to worry about cables and could simply stand comfortably alongside the machine.
• Imagine if you were not limited by the length of the coiled accelerometer cable and could stand comfortably and safely, well away from the machine.
• Imagine if you had no cable connections to break or fail.
• Imagine if you didn’t have to always be managing that cable.
• Imagine if you didn’t need an accelerometer cable at all.
On this note, GVS and Frontier have got great news for the vibration data analyst:
You no longer have to imagine any of the above. You can now experience it!!
Frontier brings wireless functionality to your existing vibration analyser and makes data collection much safer, much faster and much easier.
Frontier is a two-piece design consisting of a Sender and Receiver. The Frontier Sender is designed to attach to any 2-pin ICP Accelerometer. It powers the accelerometer, captures the analog signal and digitally streams continuous data via wireless link to the Receiver from up to 5 metres away.
The Frontier Receiver attaches to the vibration analyser and connects via a small pigtail directly into the channel connector to receive the data. Frontier is invisible to your data collector, so there is no need for any settings changes or configurations.
For those of you who like to listen to the vibration signal, it also includes a Bluetooth output to your wireless Headphones thus removing another cable. Frontier’s Listening Amplifier includes a switchable 2kHz High Pass Filter which allows you to filter out that low frequency component and makes it ideal for listening for bearing tones.
The Frontier’s 24bit A-D Convertor and 128kHz high resolution sampling rate more than matches your data collectors’ specification and its rechargeable Lithium-ion battery comfortably allows up to 10 hours battery life.
Collecting portable vibration data has now become safer, more convenient and faster than ever before.
Get in touch with GVS to learn more!