Monitor/recorder for industrial condition monitoring

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Metrix Instrument’s Datawatch IX monitor/recorder is now available in the UK from Ixthus Instrumentation. The 3.5 inch colour TFT display is said to offer clear visualisation of vibration, acceleration and other process parameters through four or eight universal inputs with configurable views plus alarm, shutdown and data recording/storage capability. In addition the panel-mount device is claimed to offer communication with PLC, SCADA, DCS or remote terminals over its integral Modbus TCP/IP port and is also capable of handling 30 virtual channels that can be used to view Modbus inputs, maths, counter and other values within the instrument.

Aimed at proactive machinery protection for pumps, compressors and large rotating equipment, the Datawatch IX is suited to where there is a need to add permanent condition monitoring to existing plant. The device displays horizontal and vertical trends or bar graphs, numeric information and alarm panel and status. The device can be configured via USB or EtherNet, or from the front panel without the need for PC connection. Configurations can be stored, modified off line and/or cloned for use in other instruments which is said to help reduce engineering and commissioning times.

The freely configurable input mix includes DC volts and current as well as thermocouple and digital contact closure types. Two digital and two relay outputs are also provided.

The Metrix Datawatch IX also features a ‘Store & Forward’ self-healing, validated archiving system that automatically stores data in the measuring device during a communications failure and then forwards this when communications have been reinstated. This is claimed to result in secure electronic recording with total data integrity.

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