Vibration monitoring to boost efficiency

In this article Chris Hansford, Managing Director of Hansford Sensors, explains how predictive maintenance, in particular vibration monitoring, helps to maximise the efficiency of machinery used in cement manufacturing, by reducing downtime to a minimum. It includes advice on how to specify and install suitable solutions.


Cement manufacturing is one of the most aggressive of all production processes. The chemicals used to produce Portland and Masonry cement – particu­larly silicates, aluminates and aluminoferrites – can combine to create high levels of very fine particles, creating significant problems for production and handling equipment. Rotating components are at greatest risk, and they are commonly found in the motors, pumps and fans used in crushers, mills, precipitators, kilns and silos.

Equipment with moving parts is usually fitted with a protective cover, or sealed to high IP standards, but...

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