Insight FDS is a low cost non-intrusive sensing system for fluid film bearings that indirectly measures bearing forces to provide time waveform, spectral, and 0-20mA overall condition monitoring capabilities comparable to proximity probes without the need for equipment downtime or machine work to install.
Why is this a problem?
Why do you need protection?
Benefits Over Proximity Probes:
For Rotating Equipment Using Fluid Film Bearings:
The video above shows a side by side comparison of data from an accelerometer, a proximity probe, and our new Insight Force Detection System or Insight FDS. This data is from all three types of sensors installed on fluid film bearings. The accelerometer is used sometimes because of the low price and non-invasive install, but the data is of limited use. The proximity probe provides more useful data for sure, but each probe costs substantially more and necessitates an invasive installation requiring the machine to be down for a long period of time.
The Insight FDS provides a signal that is just as clean and as useful for diagnosing faults and assessing machinery health as the proximity probe. In addition, it’s approximately half the cost of proximity probes and the installation is noninvasive, while often times allowing for no down-time on your machines.