Portable vibration data collection and analysis

20 March 2012

The SCOUT100 and SCOUT 140 portable vibration analysers are the latest additions to the product range available from the Bently Nevada business of GE Measurement & Control.

Based on a design with a proven track record, the new vibration analysers are expected to find applications throughout the oil and gas and power generation sectors, as well other applications where reliable and accurate condition monitoring of rotating plant is necessary to ensure productivity and safety.

“The new SCOUT series represents the first products resulting from our acquisition of Commtest in 2011,” explains Don Marshall, product manager at Bently Nevada. “The platform fits well with our plans to expand our plant-wide monitoring capabilities as we bring together wireless monitoring, motor monitoring and in situ scanning, diagnostic and surveillance system as well as portable vibration analysers.”

Important features of instruments in the SCOUT platform are their ease-of-operation, accuracy, real-time data collection and outstanding storage capacity. Ergonomic design, a large, high resolution backlit LCD and true left- and right-hand operation facilitate walk-around data collection. 2-or 4-channel input, which can be simultaneous, from sensors measuring acceleration, velocity, displacement and current or voltage, plus dual plane balancing, enable quick diagnosis and correction of dynamic unbalance.

A 1GB memory enabled virtually unlimited waveform and spectra storage. A USB host port allows data transfer to external USB memory and a 10 hour battery life and a lightweight IP65 case ensure that the instrument can be used for a whole shift.

The SCOUT series includes Ascent software, allowing it to be programmed with thousands of separate machine definitions covering a number of route choices. A library of more than 300 customisable parameter sets are available, enabling a wide array of measurement options. The software also incorporates waveform analysis tools and unlimited reporting flexibility, as well as statistical alarm creation and adjustment.

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