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ifm efector's VK Vibration Switch

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ifm efector's VK Vibration Switch

The ifm VK Vibration Monitoring Switch is designed to permanently mount on a machine to continuously monitor the machine's vibration level. By detecting vibration level changes when they first occur, the VK can help to prevent equipment from catastrophically failing, reduce secondary damage, and eliminate expensive downtime. The compact VK switch measures only 73 mm high and features two setup dials that rotate to quickly establish the maximum velocity setpoint and time delay. The switch combines both switching function and transmitter into one small housing. It is designed to monitor vibration on motors, pumps, compressors, fans, centrifuges and vibratory feeders. It also offers the advantages of a high performance vibration monitoring device at a fraction of the price - only $219 (US). The switch eliminates the challenges with traditional vibration monitoring such as spectrum analysis and data collectors. Implementation is based on the ISO10816 standard which defines vibration monitoring of machinery. Based on this standard, the VK monitors the frequency range of 10 Hz - 1000 Hz. Most moving components on typical motor-driven equipment from 600 to 3000 rpm will fall within this frequency range. The VK switch integrates cost effective MEMS technology, and software is not required for configuration .In just 5 min, a vibration monitoring switch can be installed and ready for operation. Compared to complicated vibration diagnostic systems and Smart accelerometers, the ifm VK vibration switch makes implementing vibration monitoring easy and straightforward. Setup is simple using the switch's rotating setup dials that establish maximum velocity setpoint and response time delay. Highly-visible LEDs provide output status of power and alarm if the setpoint is exceeded. An analog output enables trending of vibration levels. With the switch's MEMS technology, the VK switch provides a cost-effective solution that previously was only available at a high price.

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