Gearbox Monitoring Cuts Downtime

A gearbox condition monitoring system reduces unexpected downtime on the Baker Perkins MP range of twin-screw extruders for the powder coating and pharmaceutical industries. The system is available on new extruders and as an upgrade to existing machines.


The principal benefit is elimination of unforeseen loss of production: maintenance scheduling is significantly enhanced by the ability to anticipate and plan for a gearbox repair or replacement. This simple low-cost system continuously measures the frequency and amplitude of vibrations within the gearbox, allowing the ongoing condition of vital components to be monitored.


Green, amber or red signals indicate that the gearbox is operating within limits; requires inspection or maintenance; or needs urgent attention. The easy-to-understand self-monitoring system is pre-calibrated for Baker Perkins extruder gearboxes, with transition points benchmarked and highlighted immediately by the ‘traffic light’ system.


Additional features include full reporting for in-depth data analysis, with retention of data for three years. Historical trend analysis allows the creation of an ongoing preventative maintenance schedule and can be used to monitor the utilisation efficiency of the extruder over time.


The system may be integrated into the PLC control system of new machines or be fitted as a stand-alone system on existing installations.


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