Vibration sensor selection

Oil industry
Food and Beverage industry
Power Generation industry
Power - Wind industry
Cement industry
The range of vibration sensors offered is wide, as a vibration sensor has many different characteristics that may vary, including measurement related factors such as frequency response, sensitivity and accuracy. Physical characteristics such as temperature rating, size and connector orientation are also considerations.

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.

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.

Common industrial sectors

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