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J.M. Canty for Brewing

June 20, 2022 | Product News

Did you know J.M. Canty specializes in many applications for the Brewing industry?  Some applications include foam detection & level control, turbidity / color, sight glasses, and vessel lights.

 



Product Highlight: Alta Solutions 400 LightSpeed – Transient Data Analysis Software

June 20, 2022 | Product News

This software allows the user to quickly configure a multiple sensors to capture the startup and shutdown of large turbo machinery in a matter of minutes.

The user can easily analyze the real-time data with standard machinery visualization plots both asynchronous and synchronous to the machine shaft speed.

Key Features

  • Real-time Analysis of Multiple Channel
  • Able to “Configure and Go” in Minutes
  • Startup and Shutdown Visualization
  • Both Synchronous and Asynchronous Analysis
  • Full Digital Recording of Transient Run

Plots

  • Time, Orbit, Spectrum
  • Bode, Polar, Shaft-Centerline, Amplitude Phase Time
  • Full-Spectrum, Demodulated Spectrum
  • Waterfall, Cascade
  • Sync Time, Sync Orbit, Sync Spectrum

See the full brochure here! 



Why Choose Metrix DPS? The Perfect Solution for Power Plant Upgrade

May 31, 2022 | Product News

Digital Proximity System (DPS) Provides Perfect Solution for Power Plant Upgrade

Introduction

A power company in the Midwest USA recently evaluated multiple vendor solutions for upgrade of their existing vibration instrumentation on one of their unit’s main steam turbine generators, induced draft fans and boiler feed pump trains. Having already made a substantial investment in transitioning the power plant from a coal to gas-fired boiler, and with significant life left in the unit, improved vibration monitoring capabilities were justified to ensure reliable operations.

Metrix worked closely with the end user, system integrator and their machinery protection and condition monitoring system partner to define, propose and deliver a turnkey solution. Ultimately, Metrix’s Digital Proximity System (DPS) was selected for upgrade of the existing proximity probe systems and to retrofit the boiler feed pump trains to monitor vibration, position and phase.

Challenge

Although the steam turbine generator and induced draft fans had previously been retrofitted with proximity probe systems, they had been installed for 20 years. Replacements were becoming more challenging to come by, and often carried long lead times. In the case of the boiler feed pump trains, neither the motors or pumps had existing proximity probe systems, and as a result, retrofit was necessary to achieve best practice monitoring. A variety of probe system configurations were required, including various case diameters and lengths, electrical lengths, linear ranges and in some cases, Metrix’s TightView applications.

Specific to the boiler feed pump trains, and almost anytime a machine retrofit is required for proximity probes, it was not known until the machines were disassembled exactly what probe configurations would be required. As a result, it was critical to the end user that probes systems could be acquired in a timely manner once the design for installation was complete to avoid delays to machine reassembly and plant startup.

Solution

Metrix’s DPS was an ideal solution for upgrade of the existing vibration instrumentation and retrofit of the boiler feed pump trains. With a vast number of probe configurations, all of the existing transducer systems were easily upgraded without the need for additional brackets or adaptation to existing probe mounting provisions. Furthermore, for retrofit of the boiler feed pump trains, DPS Drivers, Probes and Cables were supplied in a timely manner to meet the end user’s schedule. Finally, as DPS is configurable, it allowed for field configuration changes in the case of the boiler feed pump phase triggers which enabled DPS Drivers, originally configured for 80 mils of linear range, to be increased to 160 mils of linear range. Without this field configurability, the Drivers would have to be reordered, which would have caused delays to machine reassembly and startup.

DPS proved to be the right solution for the project, and enabled the customer to leverage readily available and state of the art vibration instrumentation within their new machinery protection and condition monitoring solution.

Benefit

Through a close working relationship with the end user, system integrator and monitoring system partner, Metrix delivered quality and flexible instrumentation on time and at a competitive price. Metrix stayed out of critical path during the unit overhaul and deployed reliable instrumentation that will be leveraged to protect and monitor the health of the end user’s machinery for years to come.



How are you managing your rotating and reciprocating machines?

April 18, 2022 | Product News

Run to Failure (worst) – most expensive way to operate. Run the machine until it fails then replace it.

Preventative Maintenance (good) – repairs to the machines are made on a periodic basis, regardless of the machines condition. Oftentimes, the preventative repairs are more damaging to the machine than if the machine was left alone – this is the next most expensive way to operate.

Predictive Maintenance (better) – repairs to the machines are made based on the condition of the machine, based on predictive technologies like vibration monitoring, thermal imaging and lubrication analysis – this is one of the least costly ways to operate, but needs a consistent investment in permanent monitoring via transmitters integrated with the existing Control System (PLC’s, SCADA, RTU’s, etc.).

Proactive Maintenance (best) – repairs to the machine are made based on the condition of the machine, based on predictive technologies like thermal imaging, lubrication analysis, combined with continuous vibration monitoring with data correlation with the plant process parameters of pressure, flow, power level, capacity, etc. – this is the least costly way to operate, but has the highest initial startup cost. 

Find out how NSI’s team of expert engineers can provide the best vibration monitoring solution for your plant! Contact us here



Switch to SCADA Cloud-Based Monitoring and Control

April 5, 2022 | Product News

Water and wastewater treatment plants, lift stations and wells rely on alarm notifications to alert them when critical events happen. Without notifications, incidents can have severe consequences to businesses and end-users. Traditional phone lines are susceptible to lightning, surges and other weather-related events causing undetected communication losses. Cloud-based solutions monitor the status of communications and can notify personnel immediately of a communication failure. They provide 24/7 access to communication status, critical events and data from any laptop or mobile device.

Watch a 20-minute REPLAY webinar where we focus on the risks of using phone line alarm dialers. Hear from our guest speaker, Tim Tomasko with The DAS Group, as he reviews first-hand customer experiences and benefits when switching to a real-time cloud-based solution.

Join the REPLAY here


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