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Vibration Analysis System Maximizes Product Uptime


By Mark S. Kuhar

Operations relying on screening as a key component in their value chain are now able to maximize product quality, uptime and profit by closely monitoring their vibrating screens to achieve peak performance and efficiency, thanks to the wireless Vibration Analysis System and Vibration Analysis Partnership Program completely designed by W.S. Tyler. The system and the program can help mines and quarries enhance product quality, improve productivity, reduce unscheduled maintenance and extend screen life, all of which translate to more profitability.

“We set out to create vibration analysis options that will positively impact the bottom line for mines and quarries,” W.S. Tyler Technology Manager Dieter Takev said. “We’ve accomplished that by designing technologically advanced systems that cater to the unique characteristics of vibrating screens and which are user friendly.”

The goal of the vibration analysis system is two-fold. On one hand it offers the capability to conduct preventative and predicative maintenance. On the other, it pursues the ideal screening performance by optimizing the parameters of the screen in a way that particles find as many opportunities as possible to pass screen openings.

The Vibration Analysis Service is an in-person program that customers can utilize at intervals they deem necessary for their operations. Through the service, certified W.S. Tyler technicians visit customers’ sites to collect data from the vibrating screens. The technicians are equipped with signature wireless vibration analysis systems used for monitoring, data collection and analysis of speed, stroke and overall performance of any vibrating screen.

Following each analysis, W.S. Tyler provides a detailed, easy-to-comprehend report that helps mine and quarry operators to better understand the interaction between their feed material, screen media and vibrating screens. Unlike standard diagnostic services, Tyler’s Vibration Analysis report not only contains all the data and information from the analysis, but offers a translation of the results into complete and easy-to-follow recommendations for improving the tested screens’ performance, maximizing screening efficiency and minimizing unscheduled downtime.

To help customers maintain consistently high performance, W.S. Tyler also offers a complete, ongoing and technology-based Vibration Analysis Partnership Program. Through the program, W.S. Tyler provides the complete Vibration Analysis Technology Kit, consisting of:

  • Eight wireless Bluetooth accelerometers that are attached to the outside of the vibrating screen to take readings at intervals determined by the customer.
  • A hand-held data collection and analysis device (PDA).
  • The analysis software.
  • Batteries and chargers.

With the hand-held device, customers easily download vibration data and visualize initial findings. For a more in-depth report, customers simply transmit the data to W.S. Tyler via email. The company provides feedback to customers within 24 hours by sending a simple one page report, containing all recommendations. The process also creates historical data that customers and W.S. Tyler can use to evaluate performance over extended periods.

Initial training on the program ensures each customer knows how to work the vibration analysis tools, how to submit the readings and what to look for in the reports. W.S. Tyler will provide this training at their facility in St. Catharines, Ontario. It consists of a combination of classroom and infield sessions designed to familiarize operators with the system, its readings and the recommendations.

W.S. Tyler’s new programs work hand-in-hand with the company’s Pro-Deck approach. The Pro-Deck approach optimizes screen media performance by incorporating the ideal screen media for each of the three separate phases of the screening process.

Information courtesy of W.S. Tyler.