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Reference case

ifm

The sensor and automation specialist ifm has selected Treon Industrial Node and Treon Gateway to its portfolio of vibration monitoring products – products designed for a reliable vibration and temperature measurement over a wireless network and to identify changes in the behavior of industrial machines.
ifm wireless sensors

Introduction

ifm - Leaders in automation technology.

ifm develops, produces, and sells sensors, controllers, software and systems for industrial automation and digitalization worldwide. The family-run ifm group of companies has subsidiaries, development, and production sites in more than 70 countries. ifm is one of the market leaders in automation technology with high product quality and accurate technical data.

The
challenge

Condition monitoring – A new way of doing things.

If an organization has been operating with breakdown maintenance or regular planned maintenance, a change over to condition monitoring can provide major improvements in plant availability and reduced costs.

Machine vibration and surface temperature are typical examples of condition data that can be collected from rotating equipment, including AC induction motors, pumps, compressors, conveyors, blowers, fans, and more. Changes in temperature or vibration patterns can be indicative of arising faults, or a need for maintenance.

Wireless sensors- The key to scalability.

Only critical equipment is usually monitored with wired sensors. The high cost of installation and maintenance presents the biggest scalability challenges. That’s why the rest of the plant equipment, whether it’s motors, pumps, fans, or gears may not be monitored at all.

This gives rise to the need for wireless sensors for condition monitoring. Wireless battery-operated sensor is easy and much more cost-efficient to deploy than the wired one. Their cost can be up to 4x less expensive per measurement point and even 15x faster to deploy than a wired sensor.

The
solution

Mature ready-to-go products.

The sensor devices and gateway operate in an intelligent wireless mesh-network enabling massive scale. Single network can consist of hundreds of sensors and multiple gateways. All sensor devices measure data as well as route data from other sensors. Without any centralized network management, the devices connect automatically to each other and choose the most efficient route for the data to the gateway. From gateway the data is sent to ifm condition monitoring software over a wireless or wired connection. Wireless data transfers are secure and resilient to interference in industrial environments.

“Treon impressed us with their mature ready-to-go products that fit well into our portfolio”, says Dr. Thomas May, Member of the Board at ifm group. “Wireless vibration monitoring is a strong emerging trend in the condition monitoring market. Without any wiring needed, wireless battery-operated sensors offer quick cost-efficient integration and easy access to hard-to-reach locations”.

The
results

A comprehensive plant monitoring system.

The sensor and the gateway allow for regular monitoring of machine condition according to ISO 10816 to detect imminent damage. Maintenance can be scheduled on demand-basis to prevent major damage and costly downtimes. The vibration sensor detects and transmits single or triaxial v-RMS value as well as temperature of the measurement point.

“We’re humbled to work together with ifm, one of the most respected companies in the sensor and automation industry. This speaks highly to the versatility of Treon Industrial Node and Treon Gateway platform”, says Joni Korppi, CEO of Treon. “Our products enable a perfect cost-efficient solution for the large number of in-directly critical machines in a plant that may not be monitored at all today”.

With the completely wireless sensors and intuitive ifm software for analyzing and visualizing the data, a comprehensive plant monitoring system is quickly set up without any extra work.

“Sensor installation can be done in minutes. Devices need only to be turned on and data starts flowing via the Gateway. The benefits can be huge”

Dr. Thomas May
Member of the Board, ifm group