SKF and Baker Instrument Company, a specialist electric motor management company, have joined forces to launch the new NetEP online motor analysis system for ongoing automated evaluation of critical electric motors, with the aim of reducing significantly the cost of ownership. This networked system has been designed to allow data analysis to be accessed globally at any time via the internet, providing vital data for industries where critical electric motors are operated over extended or continuous periods and are only shut down during planned outages, such as in the power generation and utilities sectors.
Offering reliable and consistent monitoring between planned outages, the NetEP system identifies weakening or faulty rotating equipment that could lead to motor failure, potentially costly and unexpected downtime, and production losses. Perhaps most importantly, this online analysis system warns users of critical situations with an easy-to-read interface, maintaining all database functionality, as well as providing enhanced data trend analysis. In doing so, NetEP makes a positive contribution towards overall plant safety, particularly in view of the risks associated with live electrical networks.
In addition, the new system eliminates the need for route-based monitoring with portable devices, as data can be collected on more than 140 parameters from 32 motors at the same time, with results that can be accessed from any internet connection.
Curt Lanham, President of Baker Instrument Company, says: "We are extremely excited to announce the launch of this new online system, which is a natural evolution in our electric motor testing portfolio. It takes the proven capabilities of our market leading EXP technology, adding 24/7 monitoring with multiple user-defined parameters.
"By increasing the frequency of monitoring, we improve our knowledge of a motor's health, allowing us to identify early signs of concern and to spot any deterioration patterns through data trends. As a result we can help our customers achieve significant maintenance and operational related cost savings. In addition, the system can aid in cost and energy savings through better understanding of a motor's efficiency and performance in a given application, helping achieve better energy savings."
SKF says the NetEP online motor analysis system builds on nearly 50 years of Baker heritage, complementing the SKF range of vibration-based condition monitoring systems.