Rotational Balance Correction Tool

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Smart field balancing tool can be used to perform instant vibration analysis on rotating machinery

The VibXpert 3 Balancer can diagnose and correct rotational unbalance either in situ or in the field

Fluke Reliability has introduced the VibXpert 3 Balancer smart field balancing tool, which can diagnose and correct rotational unbalance in the field or in situ, solving a leading cause of failure in rotating assets like fans, pumps and motor-driven tools.

Unbalance often goes unnoticed by maintenance teams, especially under harsh or extreme conditions. Today, balancing tools are typically only available through custom, costly upgrades to already pricey handheld vibration analysers. The VibXpert 3 Balancer is purpose-built to combat unbalance. As a precision smart device, it is user-friendly, intuitive, and built to withstand the toughest environments. Even non-experts can use the VibXpert 3 Balancer to identify and correct unbalance swiftly and efficiently.

The VibXpert 3 Balancer is equipped with six synchronous channels, so it can record multi-channel vibration measurements simultaneously. This lets users quickly take measurements from multiple angles, compare them to historical data, and identify the root cause of the unbalance directly at the source. As a result, it’s one of the fastest and most accurate devices available.

Teams can view measurement data on one convenient dashboard, receive step-by-step guidance on rectifying the unbalance, and measure again until the issue is thoroughly resolved.

The VibXpert 3 Balancer can detect subtle changes in vibration levels that indicate unbalance, long before it becomes visible to the naked eye. The device can perform resonance tests, phase measurements and deeper analysis using the FFT spectrum data to diagnose complex unbalance issues.

Detecting these early prevents them from developing into costly, hazardous problems. The result is increased uptime, improved productivity and reduced maintenance costs. The interactive interface functions like a tablet, making it accessible to today’s workforce. Its robust and durable design withstands extreme temperatures, moisture, and dust, making it suitable for fieldwork.

“The VibXpert 3 Balancer is a useful tool for both experts and expertise-constrained teams, letting them easily identify and correct unbalance issues, enhancing productivity, increasing uptime, and reducing maintenance costs,” says Fluke Reliability Product Manager Charly Achter.

AI-Powered Vibration Analytics

Consolidating and improving its presence in vibration analytics, Fluke has also recently acquired Azima DLI, a remote condition monitoring and AI-powered vibration analytics software supplier.

The company’s Watchman 360 vibration analytics platform detects specific faults, predicts time-to-failure, and recommends corrective action. With an advanced automated diagnostic engine, the software analyses up to ~93% of machine tests without human intervention. This means the algorithm filters out issues that do not need expert analysis, helping industrial teams prioritise during the current skills shortage.

The acquisition also includes remote condition monitoring services, where a team of Azima DLI experts perform complex vibration analysis. This provides customers with reports on maintenance actions.

According to Fluke Reliability President, Ankush Malhotra, the acquisition will provide vibration diagnostic capabilities that revolutionise operations, optimise productivity and enable data-driven decision-making.

“It is a natural fit for us as we continue to support businesses on their predictive maintenance and connected reliability journey and is a significant step forward to drive our customer’s growth and success in the industry,” he says.

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