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Vibration Sensor App by TRACTIAN: Predictive Maintenance Made Easy

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Predictive maintenance, especially through real-time data sampling and vibration monitoring, has emerged as a game-changer in the quest for operational reliability and minimized downtime.

At the forefront of this technological evolution is TRACTIAN’s Vibration Sensor App, providing real-time insights and predictive maintenance features directly to mobile devices, enabling remote analyses and mobility on shop floors.

What Sets TRACTIAN’s Vibration Sensor App Apart

The TRACTIAN mobile app seamlessly integrates with Smart Trac, our IoT sensor for condition-based monitoring. It works like this: the sensor collects real-time data and sends it straight to the cloud via 4G/LTE connectivity. From there, the sampled information – which is transmitted in the form of vibration, temperature, and hour meter data – is displayed on the platform.

Some of the app’s unique features are:

Asset Trees and Status Tracking

Gain a comprehensive overview of your entire factory and monitor the status of each asset, down to the specific components within every piece of equipment. The TRACTIAN App provides an intuitive interface that allows you to navigate through your asset hierarchy effortlessly.

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Online Status of Maintenance Activities

The app serves as a centralized hub for tracking all maintenance activities and monitoring the health of equipment. Whether you’re overseeing the entire factory or focusing on specific machines, TRACTIAN’s app provides a real-time status update for informed decision-making.

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Real-time Insights and Notifications

Powered by our sensors capable of detecting over 70 types of failures, the app delivers real-time, AI-generated diagnostics. At the first sign of an issue, receive an insight notification plus a comprehensive analysis through the app, empowering you to proactively address potential failures before they escalate.

Each notification comes equipped with specific instructions, or prescriptions, tailored to the unique characteristics of the situation, enabling your team to respond promptly and effectively.

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Communication and Built-in Chat

Team chats, mentions, voice messages, and file attachments are integrated within the platform, which allows team members to communicate within the app, eliminating the need for additional communication tools.

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Offline Mode

Uniquely designed to cater to diverse working environments, TRACTIAN’s app operates seamlessly in offline mode. Whether your technicians are in remote locations or areas with limited connectivity, they can carry out tasks without the fear of data loss. Progress is remotely monitored, ensuring a continuous flow of information between teams.

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The Role of Vibration Monitoring in Predictive Maintenance

Detecting and predicting failures before they become critical damage to production lines is the essence of predictive maintenance, or PdM. But how can you execute it without properly understanding machine health levels through accurate data?

That is where vibration monitoring comes in. It is a critical cornerstone for the successful implementation of predictive maintenance strategies, and enables a proactive approach to maintenance instead of a reactive one.

Unwanted vibration patterns can be early warning signs of impending failures. With an optimized predictive maintenance strategy in place, it’s possible to detect early signs of:

  • Misalignment
  • Unbalance
  • Cavitation
  • Lack of lubrication
  • Mechanical looseness
  • Gear failure
  • Bearing wear
  • And many other types of failure

Real-Time Data: A Game-Changer in Maintenance Strategy

The significance of real-time data in industrial maintenance cannot be overstated, it represents a transformative shift in how companies approach equipment condition. Having instantaneous access to vibration data empowers maintenance teams with a continuous stream of insights into the operational health of machinery. Unlike traditional periodic monitoring, real-time data allows for the immediate detection of abnormalities in vibration patterns, enabling a proactive response to potential issues.

TRACTIAN’s Vibration Sensor App provides instantaneous vibration insights based on data sampled in real-time, empowering maintenance teams to make data-driven decisions promptly. This means that maintenance teams can streamline decision-making and make maintenance planning more efficient.

If issues are identified before they can cause serious damage to production lines, maintenance teams and technicians can act in a targeted and timely manner, which also decreases unplanned downtime as a consequence, since the risk of unexpected breakdowns is also smaller.

User-Friendly Interface: Making Complex Data Accessible

The process of adopting a new strategy or tool that generates complex data every few minutes may be daunting. Understanding and interpreting that data can be even more difficult.

All of that, however, is made effortless with TRACTIAN’s user-friendly interface and user-centric design. All platform and app screens are thought out with simplicity and accessibility in mind, ensuring that even complex vibration data becomes comprehensible for maintenance teams without specialized expertise.

Reports are displayed in chart-form, and intuitive dashboards provide a clear and concise overview of machine health and critical information. But the most important part: vibration data doesn’t need to be interpreted by an expert to make sense in the TRACTIAN app. Our artificial intelligence algorithms provide actionable prescriptions for every insight, with clear instructions on what should be done to avoid a future failure.

Case Study: TRACTIAN’s Vibration Sensor App in Action

Let’s take a real-world example to showcase the tangible benefits experienced by industries using the TRACTIAN Vibration Sensor App.

Yara International is the largest fertilizer manufacturer in the world – it operates in 140 countries across the globe with over 200 facilities, blending units, and bagging facilities in 60 of those countries. They pioneered the use of nitrogen-based systems in the industry, and continue to lead innovation in the crop nutrition sector.

High asset availability and reliability rates in an industry like this are indispensable – after all, Yara is responsible for fertilizing around 80% of the food chain. Four years after the start of the project, they now have hundreds of sensors monitoring their most critical assets in real-time.

The maintenance team over at Yara International found what they wanted in the integration between Smart Trac and our Vibration Sensor App. Together, sensors and platform learn machine behavior patterns and compare each data sample with collections from other similar assets around the world. All this is to be able to detect, diagnose, and prescribe potential failures automatically.

Read more about Yara’s partnership with Tractian here.

Yara improved asset reliability by 45% and prevented 141 failures in less than a year with the help of our condition monitoring sensors, vibration analysis, and mobile app.

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Getting Started with TRACTIAN’s Vibration Sensor App

After all this information, you’re probably in need of a comprehensive step-by-step on how to implement and start using the app.

After getting your Smart Trac sensors, all that’s left to do is install them. Through Plug & Play technology, they’ll be installed in minutes and online in a few hours. The mobile app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

If you need more information on how to get started or would like to get a demo of our technology, speak to one of our experts by clicking here.

Conclusion

The adoption of TRACTIAN’s Vibration Sensor App emerges as a key decision in redefining industrial maintenance strategies towards a more predictive approach. With real-time vibration monitoring, actionable insights, a user-friendly interface, and the ability to take it anywhere on a mobile device, the solution is a game-changer for industrial operations, enhancing reliability and availability and eliminating unplanned downtime.

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Billy Cassano

Specialist and salesperson at TRACTIAN, Billy focuses on helping frontline maintenance professionals get the most out of their machines by using cutting-edge condition monitoring and real-time analytics.

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