Brüel & Kjær Vibro, one of the leading worldwide independent suppliers of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery, has launched the Vibroport 8000 (VP-8000) portable vibration analyzer for rotating and reciprocating equipment.
The new VP-8000 is a specially configured and packaged version of Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s VC-8000, which is an internationally renowned machinery protection system. The VP-8000 features the same universal measurement modules (UMMs) and the rugged and field-proven design as the VC-8000, but is optimized for portable dynamic data collection and diagnostics.
There is a wide range of applications for VP-8000 for both plant operators and service providers. It is ideal for verifying the condition of machines after a turnaround and those repaired prior to service start-up. It is also used for steady state and transient condition monitoring (i.e. during a run up and coast down) for observation and trending of machines following an event (e.g. operational process changes or machine fault detection). VP-8000 can also be used as a mobile platform for monitoring a number of machines within the plant that are not instrumented or that only have protection systems.
VP-8000 can be used both as a portable data collector and as an analyzer. Advanced diagnostics offered by Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s best-in-class Setpoint® condition monitoring software (CMS) include:
- Shaft/bearing – Orbits, full spectra, shaft centerline plots, Bode plots, polar plots, etc.
- Reciprocating compressor – PV plots, rod load, rod reversal, impact monitoring, etc.
- Two-plane balancing.
The VP-8000 connects to rotating machines and captures real-time vibration and process data for immediate monitoring and diagnosis of equipment health, or via the VP-8000 flight recorder for storing data for remote analysis. The VP-8000 can be connected to the buffered outputs of most machine protection systems with BNC outputs, or it can be used with temporally mounted sensors on machines where there is no monitoring system. Data can also be exported to the OSIsoft PI data historian.