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Fig. 1. Process manufacturing facilities invariably
have large populations of critical rotating equipment, such as these pumps, that can be subject
to vibration problems. In addition to vibration
inherent to such equipment, potentially harmful
vibration can also be transmitted, to some
degree, by way of piping and support structures
from other machinery within a process unit.

Leverage Wireless
Communication for

Vibration
Monitoring

ACCORDING TO SHUJI Yamamoto of
Yokogawa Electric Corp. (yokogawa.com,
Tokyo), when people think of process manufacturing facilities, they tend to picture
pipes, tanks, valves, and instrumentation.

NOVEMBER 2017

At the same time, however, they often tend
to overlook how much rotating equipment
there is and how critical it is to the overall
operation (Fig. 1, above). If, for example,
a pump, compressor, or other device fails,

Transmitting
vibration data
through wireless
networks makes
continuous
monitoring of
rotating equipment
more practical and
cost effective.

Jane Alexander
Managing Editor

it can have a serious effect on production.
The fact that many pumps are configured
in dual-redundant installations gives an
indication of their importance.
As Yamamoto describes it, vibration,
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