Feb 08, 2010

Fluke 810 Vibration Tester Provides Diagnosis of Mechanical Problems

Diagnostic technology provides expertise for maintenance teams ‘on the spot’

Fluke Corp., a provider of portable electronic test and measurement technology, has introduced the Fluke 810 Vibration Tester. A troubleshooting instrument available for vibration, the company said the Fluke 810 enables maintenance teams to rapidly collect data and diagnose and solve mechanical problems with an affordable, easy-to-use tool.

The tool is designed to diagnose the most common mechanical problems of unbalance, looseness, misalignment and bearing failures in a wide variety of mechanical equipment, including motors, fans, blowers, belts and chain drives, gearboxes, couplings, pumps, compressors, closed coupled machines and spindles.

When it detects a fault, the Fluke 810 identifies the problem and rates its severity on a four-level scale to help the maintenance professional prioritize maintenance tasks. It also recommends repairs. Help menus provide new users with real-time guidance and tips.

The company said the combination of plain-text diagnoses, severity ratings and repair recommendations helps users make better maintenance decisions and address critical problems first.

Mechanical diagnosis with the Fluke 810 begins when the user places the Fluke triaxial TEDS accelerometer on the machine under test. The accelerometer has a magnetic mount and can also be installed by attaching a mounting pad using adhesive. A quick disconnect cable connects the accelerometer to the Fluke 810 tester. As the machine under test operates, the accelerometer detects its vibration along three planes of movement and transmits that information to the Fluke 810. Using a set of advanced algorithms, the tool then provides a plain-text diagnosis of the machine with a recommended solution.