Whether the industry is food and beverage, warehousing, or assembly, conveyors must operate, often 24/7. Predicting when a conveyor may go down, or just needs maintenance is now easier with the Model M411-106-10K wireless diagnostic system. This system aids in the real-time evaluation and predictive maintenance of conveyor systems, with remote data transmission capabilities of up to 750 ft.
The system works by simultaneously measuring the tensile and bending forces experienced by a moving conveyor system. It is comprised of a multi-axis sensor link with onboard amplifiers and 12-bit SAR ADCs per axis, an onboard 915 MHz transmitter with antenna, and a remote FM base station that connects to a user-supplied PC through USB.
When properly installed on a conveyor system, the diagnostic system gives real-time moving measurements of tensile forces (Fz), horizontal bending moments (Mx), vertical bending moments (My), and twisting moments (Mz). An external 4.8 Vdc rechargeable NiMH battery pack provides 3.3 Vdc excitation. The sensor link and its
battery pack weigh a combined four pounds. The supplied intuitive, user-friendly software package acquires conveyor system data, displays them, with offers the added capability to archive measurements for later comparison and analysis.
Rated capacities are 5K lb-in. for Mx, 1.5 K lb-in. for My, 2K lb-in. for Mz, and 10 K lb for Fz, with 0.5% of rated output accuracy. Maximum safe load is 150% of rated capacity for moments and 300% of rated capacity for tensile forces.
Working from a line schematic supplied by the conveyor supplier, SensorData experts are present for and help troubleshoot the proper product installation. The resultant data points are presented in report format as combined stresses detected within the conveyor line during operation. This timely and relevant information allows production line personnel to identify, diagnose and prevent costly systems breakdowns, as well as to help establish benchmarks for new or retrofitted conveyor systems.
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