SKF launches lubrication monitoring system

has developed a new digital pulse meter that monitors real-time flow rates in oil circulation systems. The ‘plug and play’ device, called IPM, helps to optimise lubrication activities as it monitors multiple lubrication points and sounds an instant alarm if conditions are out of specification. In addition to local alarms, the control panel has five relay outputs with 15 alarm combinations.

“IPM is an ideal replacement for existing oil flow monitoring systems, such as those that rely on pulse feed or static signals,” said Falko Liebing, Product Manager for Lubrication Systems at SKF.

An intuitive digital touchscreen allows parameters to be set up quickly and easily. The display enables field configuration and control of individual parameters for up to 45 lubrication points. Each point is monitored against the nominal flow value, but this can be amended for the start-up period to prevent unnecessary alarms.

Some of the benefits of IPM include: reduced machine downtime, raised productivity, simplified maintenance operations, reduced repair costs, longer machine lifetimes and improved environmental performance.

IPM is available in six designs accommodate vertical and horizontal designs and input sizes. It can be combined with flow meters and flow limiters.

Typical application areas include pulp and paper, mining and mineral processing, cement production and the metals industry.