Wireless vibration monitoring system prevents drive gearbox failure

A large manufacturer and supplier of precast concrete solutions in the UK installed Ronds’ wireless vibration monitoring system on four bullet skips, which feed fresh concrete throughout the factory in a track system suspended in the factory roof.

The Challenge

The bullet skips are not accessible during normal production hours as there are many interlocked gates which cut off the system if it is accessed by personnel.

The Solution

The solution was to fit Ronds wireless vibration sensors to the drive motors and gearboxes on all the bullet skips.

The Results

An email alert was sent to members of the maintenance and management team after an alarm threshold was triggered on a drive gearbox. Upon inspection, the drive chain tensioner had snapped meaning the chain was jumping teeth when starting and stopping.

The team immediately replaced the drive chain tensioner to prevent catastrophic failure, which would have resulted in a loss of one day’s production and required a lot of resources to replace the drive train components.

It was estimated that a catastrophic skip failure can cost up to £15,000 per hour in lost production, resulting in a potential cost savings of around £120,000.

For more information on our wireless vibration monitoring system, visit https://pcmseng.co.uk/services/wireless-condition-monitoring/

 

Manufacturing
United Kingdom
£120,000 Cost Avoidance
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