Balluff Condition Monitoring Toolkit Visualizes Data for Manufacturers

Standalone System Provides Cost-Effective, Reliable Solution to Gain Machine Condition Data

Ballluff's new condition monitoring toolkit (CMTK) provides an easy-to-implement solution for adding condition monitoring to existing machines and processes with an excellent cost-benefit ratio. With the flexible condition monitoring toolkit, manufacturers can quickly gain deeper insights into the actual condition of their machines and systems, allowing them to detect problems early.

This flexible system for comprehensive machine monitoring provides a smart and low-cost option for retrofitting plants. The condition data gained through the CMTK provides continuous status information on connected machines, allowing for predictive maintenance. This greatly reduces unplanned downtime and the unnecessary costs associated with it. And it does all of this completely independent of a cloud connection or machine control system.

Each system needs only three pieces in order to capture, process and visualize the machine process:

Sensors - up to four IO-Link sensors to obtain condition data from the machines
Software - A one-time purchase, preinstalled on the base unit, it collects the data to be visualized and evaluated
Base Unit - a small computer that connects to and processes the data from the various sensors
The condition monitoring toolkit works independently, providing actionable data no matter what controls systems are in place. The base unit is a miniaturized computer which can be installed on a DIN rail in a control cabinet for easy deployment. Four IO-Link ports allow to the addition of sensors to measure the factors, like temperature, vibration, humidity and pressure. Built-in software stores this data, visualizes it on a dashboard, and can send alerts and export data. Built-in LAN ports connect the CMTK either directly to a computer or to an existing computer network. Depending on the sensors selected, the condition monitoring toolkit can be used for various monitoring tasks.

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About Balluff Inc.
Balluff Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany. Balluff is a leading supplier of networked IO-Link control system architectures that unlock the potential of the IIoT and Industry 4.0. Balluff offers a wide range of intelligent IO-Link and industrial Ethernet sensors in a variety of technologies including inductive, photoelectric, capacitive, and magnetic as well as magnetostrictive linear position sensors, magnetic tape linear encoders, industrial RFID systems, and industrial vision systems. Balluff provides cost-saving, process-enhancing solutions to machine builders and manufacturers to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences. Industries served include: automotive, packaging, food processing, beverages, tire, primary metals, conventional and alternative energy, semiconductor, plastics, and fluid power.

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