Parker Hannifin offers vibration sensor for hydropower project equipment monitoring

Technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin has introduced a wireless vibration sensor as part of a conditioning monitoring system that could have applications for hydropower project owners and operators.

Parker Hannifin said the units attach easily to machinery to monitor vibration and temperature, wirelessly transmitting data to a local server or cloud. The data can then be used to assess and monitor machine health.

“By monitoring the changes in vibration and temperature, our sensors can help trend the pertinent information needed by users to extend machine life and predict failure before it occurs,” said Parker business unit manager Mario Calvo. “This helps to avoid costly downtime as well as saving money by reducing unnecessary maintenance routines.”

The sensors can be configured to transmit data at user-specified intervals and are capable of sending notifications when conditions meet alarm thresholds. The units are powered by a 3.6-volt lithium ion battery and are small enough to fit in the palm of a hand.

Parker’s Quick Coupling Division also offers receivers — each of which is capable of collecting data from 24 of the vibration sensors — and collection servers, which can host up to six receivers.

Parker Hannifin will be exhibiting at HydroVision International 2014 in Booth No. 1001.

HydroVision International, now in its 20th year, is the world’s largest hydro event. This year’s conference and exhibition takes place July 22-25 at Nashville’s Music City Center.

For more information about HydroVision International 2014, visit

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