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Level 1 Level 2


FFT data collector and machine analyzer

VIBCODE compatible

"Just give me something that works!" When asked to name the greatest pitfall to machine condition monitoring, one expert replied, "Instead of making life easier, many modern instruments seem to have 'lost sight of the forest for all the trees': complex technological 'advances' mean more specialist training, more time and effort for measurement - yet often enough deliver results that are either difficult to interpret or do not characterize the actual machine condition." What the maintenance specialist really needs is simply an industrial tool that works. It must give clear, repeatable measurement results, quickly and reliably, without a lot of previous training or experience. VIBROCORD is made to fit the bill: its entire design is truly machineoriented to provide maximum benefit to a wide range of users at the lowest possible cost. It gives the 'power user' all the advanced functions he needs, but perhaps even more important, its operating elements and procedures let nearly any operator collect reliable measurements tailored to the particular machine class and application with no uncertainty or confusion.

The 'low-maintenance' monitoring strategy

Level 2 Level 1

Level 1 Level 2
Trend mode Analysis mode

When the trend rises above tolerance, an FFT spectrum is measured for diagnosis.

Detection vs. diagnosis: Level 1 / Level 2 strategy Most rotating machines don't need frequent vibration frequency analysis for condition monitoring so why bother wasting specialists precious time and effort on unnecessary measurement and data handling? VIBROCORD lets anyone confirm machine health during normal operation (Level 1) based upon specific machine-oriented characteristic overall values. When conditions worsen, the characteristic signal level rises: VIBROCORD automatically switches to its Route Expert mode and records the FFT spectrum (Level 2) to pinpoint the cause of signal elevation. This twolevel strategy makes more efficient use of manpower and data archival, yet ensures full information on machine operating condition.
The reference spectrum taken in 'good' condition allows meaningful comparison.

Why 'characteristic overall values'? In order to deliver reliable results, Level 1 trending values must be based upon the special characteristics of the machine, for example, vibration severity for low-speed machines which require monitoring all the way down to 2 Hz instead of the usual 10 Hz. VIBROCORD trends specific overall values that include all damage frequencies characteristic of a particular machine element, not just the standard RMS vibration level so that when Level 2 is signaled, you know that a significant condition change has occurred.

Minimum overall time and effort

Quick, easy configuration for nonexperts, thanks to predefined knowledge-based measurement setups

Optimum usability
Knowledge-based setups: quick results, accurate comparison Now for the first time ever, VIBROCORD offers a time-saving menu of predefined measurement situations based upon expert knowledge of specific machine types. Beginners can use these setups asis to obtain immediate results; standardized settings allow reliable comparison with previous measurements for diagnosis. And even the expert can reduce setup time by optimizing any desired details before beginning collection - or he can define his own complete set of measurement parameters instead.

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Machine-oriented OMNITREND PC software for experts and nonexperts alike

Expert guidance for reliable results

VIBROCORD Route Expert collects diagnostic measurements as needed according to momentary machine condition, eliminates follow-up alarm routes

MultiSpectrum optimizes resolution in every frequency range with only one wideband spectrum

2-plane rotor balancing module available optionally

VIBROCORD knowledgebased setups offer a wide selection of standard measurement situations. Each measurement mode - overall value, spectrum and time waveform has its own separate setup list.

Built-in expertise for spectrum evaluation: frequency markers highlight critical areas, general or machine-specific

Overall values tell the whole story at a glance The 'overall value' screen (here shown for ISO vibration severity standards, machine class I) gives a clear overview of the situation. A single glance shows how the current reading stacks up against warning and alarm limits, the last reading taken, and reference values for 'good' operating condition.

True machine-based measurement

Full support of international standards like ISO (alarm levels) and MIMOSA (events), even for special machine types

Characteristic overall values, characteristic spectra for specific machine types

DualMode shows signal stability during measurement by simultaneous display of time signal and FFT spectrum

Adjustable acceleration envelopes according to machine type provide high-reliability bearing diagnosis

'Ref': reference level for 'good' operating condition 'Last': most recent measurement level 'Warn'/'Alarm': warning and alarm levels from threshold file, e.g. ISO standards 'Spec': stored value for comparison with current measurement 'Diff': difference between stored value and current measurement : measured value exceeds warning threshold : measured value exceeds alarm threshold

The 'event' softkey lets you select a standard MIMOSAcompliant machine event and enter a comment to store with the measurement.

Route Expert adapts to current machine condition How does a vibration expert approch machine condition monitoring? When things are running smoothly, he's satisfied to collect overall value trend readings from a minimum of measurement locations. But when an elevated reading spells trouble, he knows on the spot exactly where to collect which types of additional readings and Good condition

Expert assistance
FFT spectrum measurements for accurate machine diagnosis. The VIBROCORD Route Expert feature acts in exactly the same way to adapt its route to current machine condition: it immediately calls for further specific measurements as needed even at additional locations eliminating the need for extra follow-up 'alarm routes'. Bad condition

Route Expert needs only a few characteristic overall values to confirm good operating condition.

When the characteristic overall value rises, Route Expert automatically collects a characteristic spectrum for diagnosis and takes additional measurements at further appropriate locations.

MultiSpectrum: proper resolution, fewer spectra Proper resolution setting can make or break machine diagnosis! By using an appropriate resolution for each different region of the spectrum, MultiSpectrum automatically ensures clear distinction between adjacent spectrum peaks in any situation. MultiSpectrum therefore provides optimum resolution with just one wideband spectrum at effective resolution of up to 8960 lines! The experienced user may adjust the overall range and number of lines per division as desired.

High Resolution

Medium Resolution

Low Resolution

Df = up to 0.03 Hz
In the low-frequency range, high resolution is needed to clearly distinguish spectrum peaks for example, to distinguish between mechanical problems (e.g. unbalance at 49.97 Hz for a machine at 3000 RPM) and electrical ones (seen at 50 Hz mains frequency).

Df = up to 0.31 Hz
In the medium-frequency range, the spectrum is recorded with medium measurement resolution, e.g. to analyze gear mesh.

Df = up to 3.1 Hz
In the high-frequency range, relatively low resolution generally suffices, e.g. in order to monitor the bearing signal range.


Evolutionary transducers

Freedom of choice The TIPTECTOR probe is ideal for hand-held measurement of FFT vibration spectra all the way up to 2 kHz and high-frequency shock pulses for reliable evaluation of anti-friction bearing condition and pump cavitation. Our magnetic probes (not shown) offer easy temporary mounting. Patented Tandem-Piezo industrial accelerometers are available for permanent installation in remote locations, and bonded mounting offers the perfect solution for thin-walled housings. Ask about our full range of other sensor products as well, including: n RPM probes, n Temperature sensors, n Remote switches, n Cables, conduits, adapters, n Mounting tools, etc.

VIBCODE Positive ID Location Machine number Measurement types Alarm limits FFT spectra
VIBCODE Eliminates trending errors Mixed-up measurement locations and missing readings can mean expensive remeasurement or, even worse, fatal trending errors but now there's a better way: the rugged VIBCODE transducer frees you from fixed routes by automatically reading the location of specially-encoded measurement studs. VIBROCORD then knows the exact types and setups of measurements to collect, including FFT spectra if machine condition readings exceed specified alarm limits. A simple twist of the transducer assures accurate trending and reliable broad-band spectrum measurements including shock pulse readings.

Rugged ABS case (included) with contoured foam lining withstands years of daily industrial use.

The data collector

Rugged nylon carrying pouch has extra pockets for probes and accessories; rubber-coated housing is waterproof and shockproof.

Dot-matrix display uses clear graphics to depict detailed plots

Softkey labels appear in the display to offer functions appropriate to the situation at hand.

Long-life power supply for 24 hours operation (typical use)

Flat rubber keyboard is impervious to moisture, provides positive response to each keystroke.

Connect any transducer type to measure any desired type of signal: - ICP transducer - mV signal - shaft vibration - microphone - voltage - temperature (type L thermocouple) - current clamp

VIBROCORD offers all the measurement functions you'd expect of a full-featured FFT analyzer: n Triggered time signals n Spectrum range up to 40 kHz n Startup/coastdown analysis n Adjustable acceleration envelope n Shaft orbit n Tracking analysis n 2-plane balancing (optional) n RPM mode and much more! See the Technical Data section for full details!

Two-channel measurement inputs and separate trigger input allow two-plane balancing. Parallel (Centronics) and serial (RS-232C) interfaces are built in for easy printing and data transfer to a PC. Plug-in memory card provides all the take-along storage capacity youll ever need - up to 20 MB at a time!

QuickStart overview OMNITREND shows you alarm conditions and important changes in machine operating trends at a glance with a red line. The clear tree diagram of the machine park contains all aggregates, machines and subordinate measurement locations.

Smarter routing made simple Program a basic route sequence with drag-and-drop convenience, then define a 'contingency plan' of diagnostic measurements and locations for immediate action to be taken on site by the VIBROCORD Route Expert whenever characteristic overall values exceed warning limits.

Jump into the VIBCODE Pool OMNITREND also defines locations for inclusion in the VIBCODE Pool to ensure positive identification regardless of measurement sequence.

Advanced diagnosis tools Standard cursors include x/y main, delta, harmonic and zoom cursors. Root cause monitoring of spectra can be performed via mask spectra and frequency bands.

RPM-normalized frequency markers Select from a list of root causes to mark spectrum lines with recognized machine defects.

Diagnosis Multiview Specify any desired combination of measurement displays for monitored machines and components with drag-anddrop convenience. Select among multigraph, waterfall or multisample diagrams for signal trending and diagnosis. DualTrend even lets you plot RMS and 0-P characteristic values in the same diagram!

Machine-oriented condition monitoring, vibration diagnosis and analysis

Designed for ease of use Operation could not be simpler, with self-explanatory entries and program functions, analysis tools and report output, all designed to reduce (or even eliminate) training effort. The program runs in 'trend mode' or 'analysis mode' according to the type of user. Passworded access levels can also be set for specific user classes according to their particular needs. Alarms with intelligence Adjustable three-stage alarms can be programmed to allow proactive maintenance well ahead of damage - or select from preprogrammed ISO alarm limit files to allow immediate evaluation of condition-based characteristic overall values and spectra, even without specialist knowledge. Time-controllable and time-weighted trending functions allow failure prediction from the rise in characteristic overall values. Ultimate connectivity: Open-door software policy Interface with all MMS systems via MIMOSA data structure and interface to ODBC/SQL relational databases; default startup database also supplied with initial setup. OMNITREND can be used with all PRFTECHNIK data collectors and analysis instruments, with shared databases. The integrated bearing and machine database contains information on standard bearings and standard machine defects and is continuously expanded via updates.

Machine-oriented features OMNITREND lets you customize settings, evaluation, diagnostic assistance by machine class and application type. Include actual machine characteristics such as machine type and rpm through use of predefined knowledge-based measurement setups - or optimize the setups to reflect your own experience with the machine at hand.

Standard event list Integrated, expandable MIMOSA-compliant event list for routes, trends and reports

Made for Windows 95/NT!

Technical data
VIBROCORD hardware
Measurement channels 2 analog channels, selectable: ICP signal (2 mA, 24 V max.) Current line drive (10 V, 10 mA max.) Protective low voltage AC: up to 3 V Temperature (-30C to 500C / -22F to 932F; Type L thermocouple (Ni-CrNi)) 1 digital trigger channel (RPM) Frequency range 2 Hz to 40 kHz Overall dynamic range greater than 126 dB Measurement dynamic range greater than 72 dB Sample frequency dependent upon measurement range (to 100 kHz and beyond) Integrator 2 integrator stages switchable Envelope AM demodulator stage with adjustable frequency bands Keyboard 6 variable-function softkeys, 16 fixedfunction hardkeys, 4 dual-function keys (Arrow/digit) Memory PC card with 4 MB storage; 4 MB suffice for 4000 two-channel spectra @ 400 lines or 640 one-channel spectra @ 3200 lines. Display LCD flat display with contrast adjustment 60 x 95 mm / 2 3/8" x 3 3/4", 200 x 320 pixels; with external illumination Power supply indicators 4 LEDs: main supply depleted, auxiliary supply depleted, AC connected, 'sleep' mode activated Power saving functions 'Sleep' mode: LCD display off, measurement suspended (adjustable shutoff time) Interfaces Parallel printer connection (Centronics) and serial data port (RS-232C, 57 kBaud) Power supply - Rechargable NiCad battery Nominal voltage 7.2 V Capacity 2.8 Ah Charging time 0.1 to 6 hours (with regeneration) - 'C'-cell batteries, 6 x 1.5V (IEC LR 14) - AC supply 115V / 230V switchable; power output < 400 mA at 12V 5% Auxiliary battery: 9V (IEC 6LR61), for approx. 15 min. backup operation (depending upon sensors in use) Operating time (rechargable) approx. 24 h (2-channel intermittent use) approx.8 h (2-channel continuous use) Environmental protection IP 65 (dustproof / spray waterproof) Operating temperature 0C to 45C / 32F to 113F (-10C to +50 C / 14F to 122F) Transport and storage temperature -10C to + 60C / 14F to 140F

Relative humidity 10 % ... 90 % Dimensions approx. 210 x 240 x 70 mm (W x H x D) approx. 8 1/4" x 9 1/2" x 2 3/4" Weight approx. 2.9 kg / 6.4 lb. (w/o batteries or strap) Carrying case Black ABS plastic, approx. dimensions: 550 x 380 x 205 mm 21 5/8" x 15" x 8 1/8"

Time domain 24 ranges from 2.5 ms to 32 s (depending upon number of lines) Diagnosis - Vibration severity according to ISO - Machine fault diagnosis - Bearing/gear damage detection (shock pulse technique and envelope analysis) - International standard selection list of tolerances for machine types - Machine-specific selection list of characteristic damage frequencies - Display of characteric damage frequencies - Phase measurement for extended monitoring of the vibration condition - Order filter for time signal, balancing, phase measurement - Motor current analysis - Sound pressure spectrum Process parameters Manually-entered measurement variables Units According to ISO or selectable: - mm/inch - C/F - Hz/cpm

- Network compatible, with passworded login and individual user rights - Two general user levels ('trend' for general use and 'analysis' for specialists) - 'Diagnosis Multiview': specific combinations of graphs can be preprogrammed for trending and for analysis at each location. Application Machine condition monitoring and diagnosis via - Trend measurement of machineoriented characteristic overall values and characteristic signals - Diagnosis of machine vibration and anti-friction bearings - Signal and data analysis Compatibility VIBROCORD, VIBSCANNER, VIBROTIP, SYSTEM 2 VIBROSPECT FFT, other FFT instruments upon request System requirements 100 MHz Pentium processor; 32 MB RAM; 20 MB HD capacity; VGA graphics (800x600); operating system: Win95B/98/ ME/NT4(SP5)/2000

VIBROCORD firmware and OMNITREND PC software

Operating modes Route mode (data collector) - Condition-based route guidance with 'Route Expert' - Standard route for PC trending - VIBCODE measurement location recognition Pool mode for machine park measurements Multimeter mode for analysis and diagnostic measurements - VIBCODE compatible - Measurement data can be stored and exported Program structure Knowledge-based procedure with over 50 machine-oriented measurement setups. Comments Standard events and user defined comments Display Linear or logarithmic scaling in frequency and time domains; graphic zoom function; list of 10 highest spectral peaks; autoscaling available, MultiSpectrum Cursor Point: main, delta and zoom cursors Line: harmonic cursor Zoom Adjustable as desired using zoom cursor Measurement range Adjustable (limit) or 'autoranged' Sensor adjustment ICP / current line drive / dyn. measurment variables (3V); scalable/adjustable to any desired units Trigger - Channel A & B; freely-adjustable threshold - 'Trigger' channel (TTL input); Rising/falling flanks, selectable Resolution Number of lines: 100 to 3200 (up to 8960 with MultiSpectrum) Line interval: 0.03 Hz Windows Rectangular, Hanning, Kaiser, FlatTop; selectable Averaging parameters Linear, exponential, peak hold; Number of samples: 1 to 999 (adjustable) Display: static, dynamic Frequency domain 9 ranges from 200 Hz to 40 kHz (switchable to cpm)
when used with VIB 6.140 mobile industrial accelerometer

VIBROCORD firmware
Measurement variables and ranges Shock pulse (anti-friction bearings) -9 to 80 dBsv Units: dBsv, dBn , each with carpet and maximum values Cavitation Temperature Accuracy -9 to 80 dBCAV -30C to 500C -22F to +932F 3%

Mobile industrial accelerometer VIB 6.140

Sensitivity 3% 1.0 A/ms-2 at 159 Hz, 25C = 9.8 A/g at 159 Hz, 77 F Frequency range 5% 2 Hz to 8 kHz 3dB 0.3 Hz to 20 kHz Resonant frequency 36 kHz Temperature range -30C to +100C / -22F to +212F Transverse sensitivity < 5% at 10 kHz Temperature sensitivity < 0.05 ms-2/K Magnetic sensitivity < 5 ms-2/T (at 50 Hz) Base strain sensitivity < 0.1 ms-2/m/m Shock limit 250 kms-2 = 25000 g Environmental protection IP65 (IP 67 with greased plug) Connector type TNC plug Dimensions (w/o adapter) length 38 mm / 1 1/2" diameter 19 mm / 3/4" weight 33g / 1.2 oz. Mounting variants available - M5, flat (transducer) - Magnet for curved surfaces (VIB 8.736) - Contact probe (hand-held, VIB 3.450) - Bonded adapter (VIB 3.430) - M5 / 120 threaded adapter (VIB 3.435) - M8 / 90 threaded adapter (VIB 3.440) - UNC 5/16 / 90 threaded adapter (VIB 3.441)

Vibration 0 - 10 to 5000 [m] - displacement3 - velocity3 0 - 5 to 2000 [mm/s] 0 - 10 to 5000 [m/s2] - acceleration3 Accuracy 5% (DIN 45662, Class I) RPM Accuracy 60 to 65535 RPM 0.1%

Rotor balancing (optional) Graphic-oriented 1- or 2-plane balancing with calculation routines for fixed location, fixed weight or tape measure location corrections. Requires reference transducer.

Features - True 32-bit application - Relational database system with ODBC/ SQL interface; meets ISO / MIMOSA standards - Machine-oriented MIMOSA-compliant data structures for data transfer with MMS ('Maintenance Management System') software - Handles trend and multimeter measurements; sets up measurements, instrument display and PC depictions. - Manages event lists, frequency markers, tolerance files and sensor settings - Manages machine condition data, machine information and bearing data

1 with PRFTECHNIK sensor and new rechargable battery under controlled conditions

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Printed in Germany VIB 9.596.06.04.G VIBROCORD , VIBCODE , VIBROTIP , TIPTECTOR and OMNITREND are registered trademarks of PRFTECHNIK Dieter Busch AG. No copying or reproduction of this information, in any form whatsoever, may be undertaken without express written permission of PRFTECHNIK AG. The information contained in this leaflet is subject to change without further notice due to the PRFTECHNIK policy of continuous product development. PRFTECHNIK products are the subject of patents granted or pending throughout the world. Copyright 1998 by PRFTECHNIK AG.

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