http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.66Change: 0.05
R/$ = 10.95Change: 0.07
Au 1200.15 $/ozChange: 1.99
Pt 1226.50 $/ozChange: 3.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 20, 2012

Company provides new machine health solutions to mechanical industry

Back
Electra Mining|ID Canary|Motornostix|System|Systems|Analysis Software Application|Contracting|Energy|Equipment|Maintenance|Mining|Product|Products|Real Time-like Availability|Service|Services|Software Integration|Solutions|Systems|Electra Mining|Johan Grobler|Power|Bearings|FluidTest Service|Machine Health Surveillance|Machine Health Surveillance Service|The Communicator
Electra Mining|System|Systems|Contracting|Energy|Equipment|Maintenance|Mining|Products|Service|Services|Solutions|Systems|Electra Mining|Power|Bearings||
electra-mining-company|id-canary|motornostix|system|systems-company|analysis-software-application|contracting|energy|equipment|maintenance|mining|product|products|real-time-like-availability|service|services|software-integration|solutions|systems|electra-mining|johan-grobler|power|bearings|fluidtest-service|machine-health-surveillance|machine-health-surveillance-service|the-communicator
© Reuse this



Machine solutions provider Motornostix’s Identification (ID) Canary and online Machine Health Surveillance systems are suitable for monitoring any rotating machine or equipment that emits energy in the form of vibration, temperature or acoustic emissions, says Motornostix director Johan Grobler.

The company states that it is continuously improving its products and services to incorporate new developments. The newest addition is the ID Canary vibration logger.

Motornostix held ID Canary trials towards the end of 2011 and officially launched its first installation during March.

The ID Canary’s software integration and the company’s existing analysis software application for online Machine Health Surveillance were developed through user input from clients and analysts, says Grobler.

The ID Canary enables users to take machine vibration measurements and eliminate mistakes through the use of ID buttons fixed onto the machine’s main features.

“These are the differentiating factors between our product and our competitors’ offerings to the condition monitoring market,” he states.

Clients can appoint their employees to log the machine vibration measurements, which is more affordable than contracting a qualified vibration analyst to drive to site and take measurements.

The ID Canary’s measurements are also more reliable, as mistakes are eliminated. The product allows users real time-like availability of the expert vibration analyst or the user is able to perform the analysis himself, he adds.

Online Machine Health Surveillance
Motornostix also offers an online Machine Health Surveillance service.

“The growing need to perform condition monitoring on a broader range of criticality levels of machines and across more types of machines has to be dealt with, as more and more clients change their maintenance strategies based on the condition of their assets,” says Grobler.

He adds that machine owners are demanding that original-equipment manufacturers, especially in the mechanical power transmission sector, incorporate machine health surveillance in their service contracts.

“The ability to perform continuous health surveillance on any machine from anywhere in the world will benefit any industry,” states Motornostix, adding that its online Machine Health Surveillance service provides a permanent ‘finger on the pulse’ solution.

“Because of cost and criticality, a number of the machines on a plant are only monitored on a periodic basis,” he says, adding that this approach is costly and less reliable, as many machines are not monitored for long periods of time and cannot be maintained according to their condition.

The company identified a need in the market for an affordable and easy method to determine the health of a machine through vibration analysis, as well as a need for the provision of reliable information in real time.

It is, and always will be, a high-cost item to contract the services of a specialist to perform the duties of an artisan, states Motornostix.

“To combat the cost of having to contract a vibration analyst to perform on-site logging of machine vibration measurements, we decided to develop an online surveillance system.

“This meant that a wider range of machines could be monitored at a more affordable cost. The online surveillance also includes the analysis of other energy-emitted measurements, such as temperature and acoustic emissions, giving the online surveillance approach a huge return on investment (RoI),” says Grobler.

Further, the company’s newest software development, the Motornostix Communicator, enables it to report machine condition directly to clients’ desktops and eliminate the old-fashioned portable document format report system.

The Communicator software application was rolled out to a selection of clients during a validation period that started in February and active collaboration with its clients allowed the company to put the Motornostix Communicator into practice.

“The Communicator allows for immediate communication between the Motornostix analyst and the client,” Grobler notes.

He stresses that client feedback and involvement during the development process were key reasons for the successful launches of the Communicator application, as well as the ID Canary machine health monitoring programme. It entailed testing the hardware in harsh conditions, such as the mining and chemicals industries.

FluidTest Service
Motornostix’s FluidTest service, which was launched during the 2010 Electra Mining exhibition, has since been implemented by many clients, reports Grobler.

The main benefits of this service are a one-stop integrated condition monitoring service provided by Motornostix and a single report management system that is accessible by all users.

“Clients change their maintenance strategies, which requires investment in new maintenance solutions and, by meeting their needs, we hope to achieve a profitable RoI for them,” says Grobler.

He adds that the company’s aim is to broaden its offering by enabling its clients to perform condition-based maintenance on most of their producing assets, while covering all levels of criticality – from the smallest and slowest piece of equipment, such as slew bearings, to the largest and fastest rotating machine, such as a compressor.

The company states that, to combat industry challenges, such as economic pressures, it consults with clients to inform them of the value and benefits of implementing and maintaining a well-developed condition-based maintenance plan.

Motornostix will showcase its new developments at this year’s Electra Mining exhibition in September and adds that it is already planning its exhibition stand.

“On the development side, we are already busy with the next solution and are very excited about it,” Grobler concludes.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Information Technology News
Icasa extends submission date for draft radio frequency plan At the request of several operators, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Tuesday said it had extended the deadline for submissions on the draft Radio Frequency Spectrum...
DOROS HADJIZENONOS Check Point also includes its threat emulation capabilities in the system to protect enterprises from unknown and new threats
Enterprises can protect their data – even if employees use their own devices for work – using data protection company Check Point’s Capsule system. The system, which enforces partitions on the devices to store data and routes all business communications through a...
Entry-level fleet owners can enjoy increased peace of mind regarding the safety of their large, cross-border vehicle fleets, owing to the cost-effective QIC-SUR global postioning system (GPS) tracking unit. Asset management solutions provider QCIC director Brian...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 1 hour 15 minutes ago Sub-Saharan Africa faced downside risks because of its links to China's economy, ratings agency Moody's Investor Service said on Tuesday. Countries demonstrating strong regional trade links faced lower risk than those that relied on commodity exports, said Matt...
The South African National Accreditation System (Sanas), which operated under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is embarking on a drive to develop synergistic accreditation bodies across Africa to bolster international trade. The continent’s...
Eskom capital division group executive Dan Marokane
Electricity utility Eskom says it and Anglo American have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that maps out the process to be followed to enable the parties to conclude a final coal-supply contract for the Kusile power station, which is currently being...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) Rebosis Property Fund achieved a distribution growth of 8.1% to 99.45c per linked unit in the financial year ended August 31, despite volatile market conditions.
JAMES ROBERTS The MOM incubator was designed to help babies in developing nations who were dying in conflict-struck nations or who do not receive hospital care
A low-cost, inflatable incubator won this year’s international James Dyson design award, which aims to encourage and inspire the next generation of design engineers.
The World Bank released its ‘Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency’ report last month and ranked South Africa 43 out of 189 global economies for its ease of doing business, with Singapore topping the rankings.
Air Products South Africa officially launched its R300-million Eastern Cape air- separation unit (ASU), at its new manufacturing facility in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), earlier this month. It is the second facility that Air Products launched in South...
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks