SKF, the knowledge engineering company, will present the new SKF Wireless Machine Condition Sensor at this year’s Offshore Europe exhibition on Stand 1F41, Hall 1. The wireless sensor provides an efficient, economical and safe method of monitoring and maintaining large amounts of plant equipment that currently goes unmonitored or is monitored on a periodic basis.
The SKF Wireless Machine Condition Sensor is designed for monitoring non-critical machines, such as motors, fans and pumps and ideal for use in hard-to-reach locations and hazardous atmospheres found in chemical and petrochemical plants. The wireless sensor offers condition monitoring capabilities that simply are not possible with hard-wired systems and hand-held data collection and analysis devices. With ATEX Zone 0 certification, the sensor can also be used in hazardous environments.
SKF will also be showcasing its advanced hybrid cryogenic pump bearings, which offer exceptional levels of reliability and performance where moving parts are exposed to abrasive particles, corrosive gases and liquid contaminants, vibration and electric currents. SKF hybrid bearings combine specially developed ultraclean, high-nitrogen steel, which gives excellent impact toughness, high fatigue resistance and corrosion resistance, with tough rolling elements constructed from silicon nitride. By comparison with conventional bearings, the latest hybrid devices have the ability to extend bearing life by at least 600%.
Also on show will be SKF’s latest intrinsically safe and ATEX approved condition monitoring instruments and solutions for asset efficiency optimisation, which can help to extend system life and cut operating costs. These include the rugged SKF Microlog AX, a high performance, four channel portable instrument with a large, high definition colour VGA display for fast data collection and analysis, while the SKF Multilog IMx is a sophisticated online system that provides automated machinery monitoring for up-to-the-minute information to help you optimise the operation of key production assets.
Similarly, the latest SKF sealing solutions have been developed to offer long and maintenance-free operating life under harsh conditions. The company can supply a wide range of seals manufactured from advanced materials, including ED-resistant thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers with a high resistance to hydrolysis at temperatures up to +90°C. Also available are seals in fluoro-rubber (FKM) and hydrogenated acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR), which resist heat, ageing, ozone and chemicals, making them ideal for use in applications where sulphur, HFD pressure fluids, sulfonated crude oil, aliphatic hydrocarbons and sour gas are encountered.