Vibration sensor selection
The following is a guide to SKF's experience in sensor use in the most common industrial sectors that employ vibration monitoring.
For each industry, the top four features required of a quality vibration sensor are stated and explained. Industrial sensor choices are graded as follows:
- Good - A general purpose choice that has adequate measurement and physical characteristics for condition monitoring programmes, where data is trended for change and absolute precision is not so important.
- Better - A general purpose choice that has adequate measurement and physical characteristics for condition monitoring programmes, but adds a specific feature such as an extended temperature range or mounting orientation better suited to the application.
Best - A premium choice that has optimum measurement and physical characteristics, but also offers the longest history as evidence of reliability. These are particularly suited to critical machinery applications where the sensor may be used in safety-related functions such as machinery protection.
Below is a list of the most common industrial sectors that employ vibration monitoring. SKF's experience in sensor use can help you select the best vibration sensor for the selected industry.
- Pulp and Paper
- General Purpose, Food and Beverage
- Oil and Gas, Refining, Petrochemicals
- Power Generation (fossil fuel, nuclear, hydro)
- Power Generation (wind turbines)
- Mining, Mineral Processing and Cement
- Specialized models for portable data collector/analyzer usage
- Other specialized models
SKF offers a variety of accessories that are available for vibration sensors, including sensor cables, connectors, mounting accessories, and much more. Refer to the SKF Vibration Sensors Catalogue for a description of the various accessories available for vibration sensors.