Predictive maintenance is essential to maintaining the value and the long-term, reliable function of expensive machinery and systems. This can be easier said than done. Systems, equipment, and machinery in industry and mobile hydraulics often have complex designs due to increasing requirements, and error analysis can quickly become extremely costly and time-consuming. Parker SensoControl has the solution to these issues, with its broad range of sensors, measurement connections, and different measurement devices.
Despite the hard work equipment can do, the inner electronics and components can be rendered useless by pressure spikes, flow surges, and temperature changes. Such things can go unnoticed by operators who monitor their equipment and systems with conventional mechanical measuring devices. Being able to effectively monitor equipment systems and diagnose issues before they become problems can help alleviate costly downtime and prevent damage to expensive equipment. The SensoControl products give end users an edge in downtime prevention with a full complement of condition monitoring and diagnostic equipment that is ideal for individual components or entire systems.
The new Parker Service Master CONNECT fulfills the demand for faster, simpler, and more precise diagnostics. Quickly and easily recording measurement data, the Parker Service Master CONNECT is a diagnostic device used to measure pressure, temperature, flow rate, speed, and frequency that differs from other measurement devices in many ways. At first glance, its compact design and 7” anti-glare display make it very similar to a tablet. Its lighting and high resolution allow users to read measurement data without errors, even in dark working environments. At a weight of less than 2 kg, it is also easy to handle.
Rugged design: The measurement device is equipped with a rugged, oil-resistant, cover, and designed in accordance with protection code IP65. This means the CONNECT is securely protected against impacts, moisture, and dirt, making it a great choice for measurement tasks in rough conditions, such as those involved in mobile hydraulics.
Reliable operation: Added tactile keys ensure the measurement device is easy to operate, even under difficult conditions such as vibrations and shocks. The 3 mm thick touch screen can even be operated while wearing gloves and responds quickly and reliably to finger movements. Icons on the control panel are clearly designed to guide users intuitively through different functions.
What kind of technology does The Parker Service Master CONNECT offer under its rugged shell? What makes this device such a useful tool for users?
Customer-specific equipment solutions: The Parker SensoControl integrates individually exchangeable measurement modules, allowing the device to be used in almost any testing situation and offering the user outstanding flexibility. The “CONNECT” also has variable measurement inputs, broadening the “playing field” for many different tests: Parker analog and CAN sensors with automatic sensor detection, analog sensors, SAEJ-1939, CANopen, frequency, and digital inputs and outputs.
Multiple data recording methods: Data from up to 100 different channels is recorded automatically, collected in a large, internal measurement value memory, and can then be analyzed immediately on a PC using SensoWin analytic software. Multiple data recording methods can be used, from the start/stop, data logger with circular buffer, point measurement via trigger and trigger logic, to fast measurement. USB interfaces allow the device to be connected to other components, such as bulk storage.
Unique ways to present recorded measurement data: Users can display either numerically or using bar graphs, indicators, or curves. If necessary, screenshots can be made and processed at the touch of a button. Another benefit of the “CONNECT” is its intuitive user interface, which can be expanded with customer-specific tools via software applications.
Remote monitoring and operation: Supported by a LAN, WLAN, or USB interface. Firmware can be easily updated via USB. The new CONNECT measurement device is multifunctional and can process not only measurement data, but also templates and media data such as instructions, service schedules, etc.
Flexible and versatile: The Parker Service Master CONNECT has exchangeable input modules. In addition to a CAN module with two separate CAN Bus networks, the CONNECT also offers 2 analog input modules (with and without galvanic isolation) to connect Parker sensors with sensor detection, as well as the option of connecting external sensors – including with high-speed functions.
The concept of The Parker Service Master CONNECT makes it more like a PC than a measurement device. It can be used to store not only measured data, but also project templates, images, maintenance plans, and schematic diagrams. Missing data can be stored on the CONNECT from the company network. This saves service technicians time and improves communication between colleagues since all key machinery data is stored on the CONNECT.
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This article was contributed by Georg Kälble, manager marketing service, Parker Hannifin Corporation's High-Pressure Connectors Europe.