A ‘plug and play’ digital pulse meter from SKF allows for the real-time monitoring of flow rates, helping operators stay on top of lubrication control.
has developed a new digital pulse meter, called IPM, that monitors real-time flow rates in oil circulation systems.
The device helps to optimise lubrication activities and in turn, can reduce machine downtime, raise productivity and simplify maintenance operations.
Speaking on the benefits of the device, Falko Liebing, product manager for lubrication systems at SKF, says the device is important for any systems that require precise control.
“IPM is an ideal replacement for existing oil flow monitoring systems, such as those that rely on pulse feed or static signals,” Liebing said.
The IPM device monitors multiple lubrication points and sounds an instant alarm if conditions are out of specification. This precise control of lubrication can have many positive effects, including reduced repair costs, longer machine lifetimes and improved environmental performance.
An intuitive digital touchscreen allows parameters to be set-up quickly and easily. The display allows field configuration, and control of individual parameters for up to 45 lubrication points. Each point is monitored against nominal flow value, but this can be amended for the start-up period – in order to prevent unnecessary alarms.
IPM is available in six different designs, to accommodate vertical and horizontal designs, and input sizes. It can be combined with flow meters and flow limiters. Developed using standard, proven components by SKF, customers can integrate their existing process control system with almost any oil circulation lubrication system.
In addition to local alarms, the control panel has five relay outputs with 15 alarm combinations. Due to the modular design, IPM can be supplied with customised ethernet connections as an option. It also includes an API that allows higher-level process control through a field-bus connection.
Application areas include mining and mineral processing, cement production and the metals industry.