Spotlight For High-Speed Engines

Following the success of its Spotlight Monitoring System for Compressors (see “Spotlight Shines Bright For Windrock,” Gas Compression Magazine April 2018, p. 49), Windrock has introduced the Spotlight Monitoring System for High-Speed Engines. The system has the ability to monitor valve trains, power cylinder conditions, turbo health, main bearings, and frame vibration on a high-speed engine.

“Spotlight for High-Speed Engines is outfitted with four channels per Peripheral Universal Connection (PUC) module,” said Dylan Abel, product manager at Windrock. “Each channel is for an accelerometer. We offer various ranges of accelerometers from 10 to 100 mV/G depending on what parameters are going to be monitored.”

Designed to provide a complete picture of reciprocating assets in a single application, Spotlight users manually set alarm thresholds and windowed bands based on unique machine geometry and the parameters being monitored.

“With artificial intelligence-driven algorithms, Spotlight can proactively predict and pinpoint failures long before they happen, helping avoid the cost of catastrophic failure and repair,” said Abel. “This happens through the Windrock Enterprise software platform that can monitor various assets through a user-friendly interface. Various parameters on the engine can be monitored. The main parameter is power cylinder vibration. This is suitable for two- and four-stroke engines. We have a new banding system looking for different events such as exhaust blowdown, detonation, valve events, piston slap, etc. Other parameters include the monitoring of …”

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