Balluff's all-in-one solution for condition monitoring
Condition Monitoring Toolkit
Balluff: Normally, a variety of hardware and software components are re-quired to visualize and analyze the conditions of machines and sys-tems. The new Condition Monitoring Toolkit from Balluff bundles all the necessary components – and thus enables early fault detection and predictive maintenance quickly and easily.
Wouldn't it be helpful to know at an early stage which machine or com-ponent of a plant could cause problems in the near future? The experts at Balluff thought so too – and developed the Condition Monitoring Toolkit (CMTK). "Many existing plants cannot afford additional condition monitoring. Yet unplanned downtimes and thus costs can be avoided," says Balluff Product Manager Dr. Thomas Meissner. The CMTK is a complete, stand-alone solution that can be easily retrofitted to any ma-chine or system. The system includes everything the user needs to moni-tor machines or processes – from the sensors through to the base unit that collects the sensor data and the pre-installed software that enables monitoring and setting of threshold values.
Flexible system, set up in minutes
"Our Condition Monitoring Toolkit can be used to monitor motors, pumps, fans, conveyor systems, and also individual components of machines," explains Meissner. The Condition Monitoring Sensor BCM detects vibra-tions, such as those that occur during milling or grinding in metalworking. But other characteristics are also of interest, such as temperature or pressure. "The flexible system quickly provides a deeper insight into the actual condition of the machines and systems and can thus detect devia-tions and problems at an early stage. All components are perfectly matched to each other," says Meissner. In this context, the CMTK is par-ticularly important for maintenance and service teams, but also for pro-cess engineers who want to monitor and improve production processes. "The system is easy to operate and can be set up in just a few minutes," explains Meissner.
Wide range of applications
The sensors are connected to a base unit that operates independently of the machine control – so existing structures and processes are not dis-turbed by the query and evaluation of the additional data. The range of applications of the CMTK is diverse. All IO-Link sensors available on the market can be integrated into the system: Vibration, temperature, pres-sure and pressure flow sensors or even level sensors – up to four sen-sors simultaneously.
Data always and everywhere in view
The software included in the CMTK visualizes and evaluates the collect-ed data directly in production. The dashboard is automatically created and configured based on existing sensor data – saving time and effort during system setup. The user can set limit values individually. If the limit values are exceeded or not reached, a warning message appears; notifi-cation via e-mail is also possible. Browser-based software displays the data on various end devices. Thus, remote monitoring is also possible from any location.
About the company Balluff
The success story of Balluff began exactly 100 years ago with the set up of a precision mechanics repair workshop in Neuhausen a. d. F. On the occasion of the 100-year anniversary, with 3600 employees worldwide, the global company stands for innovative technology, quality and cross-sector experience in industrial automation. As leading sensor and auto-mation specialist, this family-owned company in its fourth generation offers a comprehensive portfolio of high-quality sensor, identification, network and software solutions. In 2019, the Balluff Group reported rev-enue of around EUR 469 million. With 38 subsidiaries and other repre-sentatives in a total of 68 countries, Balluff guarantees fast worldwide availability of the products and a high caliber of advice and service local-ly.