New predictive maintenance system


Grace Engineered Products has announced the GraceSense Predictive Maintenance System. This technology helps users find failures before they occur. A complete end-to-end solution featuring wireless sensors, configurable hardware architecture and a user interface, the predictive maintenance system is designed to curb unplanned downtime and provide a swift return on investment.

The initial product offering consists of four products and a web-based user interface. The battery-powered GraceSense Vibration and Temperature Node can be deployed onto any rotating equipment to predict anomalies before they become catastrophic failures. The battery-powered GraceSense Temperature Node monitors the surface temperature of any asset. Finally, the GraceSense Panel-Mount/CloudGate collects data wirelessly from the nodes that it transmits to the remote cloud using either a long-term evolution (LTE) or plant WiFi connection.

In addition to the wireless nodes, GraceSense also offers a non-conductive temperature monitoring device called the Hot Spot Monitor (HSM). The HSM is designed to detect temperature abnormalities in electrical equipment such as switchgear, motor control centres (MCCs), transformers and busbars using bolted connections. A single HSM can be deployed to monitor up to 18 critical connections within critical electrical assets.

With the nodes and/or HSM deployed and operational, the GraceSense Maintenance Hub serves as a secure remote user interface for configuring the devices and monitoring their analytics. When the monitored equipment parameters exceed a preset threshold value, the Maintenance Hub issues SMS or email alerts to maintenance personnel with step-by-step remediation instructions.