Frequently Asked Questions about Vibration/Accelerometer Sensors

The user will configure the wireless transceiver node to wake-up every X minutes and take readings.  Typically this is every 15 minutes.

The vibration sensor is activated and it runs for 3 seconds – taking readings on the X, Y, and Z axis at 5000 Hz on each axis.

The 45,000 vibration data points are then edge processed into metrics that are proven to indicate problematic changes in machine vibration.  The X and Y axis are combined to report a “radial” or “rotating” direction.  The Z axis is used to report the axial vibration that is parallel with the motor shaft.

The data is then edge processed into metrics for radial and axial vibration.

  • RMS acceleration weights the higher frequencies – friction, rubbing, grinding
  • RMS velocity weights the lower frequencies – misalignment or fatigue, unbalance, belt issue, poor mounting
  • Peak acceleration will detect serious impact forces such as bearing defects and chipped gear teeth
  • Crest Factor – Instability usually from impulses

One, or all, of these vibration metrics will typically increase from its baseline level to 2X normal baseline levels when failure happens.  Alerts are typically set at 1.5X baseline levels.

Yes.  Talk to one of our experts to find a good first-application to try a wireless sensor.  We will work with you to configure a proof of concept system for you that will be low-cost and easy to install. We will provide a detailed quote with photos and an estimated ROI that you can share with the purchase decision-maker.

Also, ask for a log-in to our demonstration system to give the system a try over the internet.

After a great first experience, the Leap system can support every type of industrial use case imaginable.

In most use cases, the battery will last 3 to 5 years in a motor monitoring application where the transceiver node has multiple sensors.

Yes. This node can support up to 16 vibration nodes (on one daisy-chained cable).  Each of these vibration nodes has a temperature sensor also.

There is also an option to add one or two thermocouples and one to three electric current transformers. Contact us to talk to an expert.

One gateway can handle up to 60 device nodes.  After that, more gateways can be added to expand the system.

A Range Extender can be used, if needed, to pass the signal from a far-away sensor node.

We offer a wide range of options for the software and data hosting:

  • On a single-board computer inside the gateway connected to a PC or your local area network (behind your fire wall).  A great option to get started.
  • Software deployed on your local server
  • Software on our cloud – or your private cloud.

No.  We have options where you own the software and database and have full control of it.  A one-time purchase for locally hosted software is an option.

Yes – we have several options to pass data from our database to your software or PLC.  Popular options are our Modbus interface or our web API.  Contact us and we can explain all the options.

Common Applications for Vibration/Accelerometer Sensors

  • Wireless vibration sensor for monitoring remote equipment
  • Wireless motor monitor with wireless temperature sensor and current transformer
  • Remote wireless pump sensor monitor
  • Wireless motor vibration sensor for remote equipment
  • Wireless compressor sensor for predictive maintenance
  • IoT wireless vibration sensor
  • Wireless temperature and vibration sensor applications
  • Wireless vibration sensor alarm
  • Wireless MEMS vibration sensor for industrial equipment
  • Wireless motor current transformer
  • Equipment and motor overheat alarm
  • Condition monitoring vibration sensor for remote rotating equipment
  • Web-based online vibration monitoring
  • Pump vibration monitoring
  • Contract vibration monitoring service
  • Electric motor overheating sensor
  • Motor predictive maintenance
  • Rotating equipment maintenance
  • IoT predictive maintenance technology and solutions
Using Wireless Sensor Data to Detect Impending Failures