Slow speed gearboxes – why CBM is challenging and what are the options
Monitoring wear on low speed drives as part of a condition based monitoring (CBM) programme can prove difficult, leading to machine failure, expensive remedial action and downtime
If you have critical machines running below 600rpm, then vibration monitoring will struggle to give reliable condition data due to insufficient vibration amplitude (see case study).
Alternative strategies can complement existing CBM approaches and effectively provide an early second opinion, before problems become critical.
If you’re interested in understanding how continuous real-time wear detection fits into your CBM portfolio then see the attached case study, Wear Debris Monitoring on Low Speed Drives.
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