RPM Phantom™ Installation
The RPM Phantom™ sensor is an easy way to keep track of the velocity of your fans, rotors, or engines without taking the risk of being close to them. Here we will show you how to easy install the sensor on your machines and how to assign to a Machine on DigivibeMX® 11.
We will cover just the physical installation and configuration settings. For the Database registry visit the Phantom System Setup tutorial.
Hall Effect Sensor
To work, the sensor uses an electromagnetic effect called Hall effect and needs a special sensor to achieve this measurement. This sensor is included when you buy an RPM Phantom™ sensor and it’s a 2 meters (6.56 Ft) line with a T head on one side and a LEMO connector in the other.
The pack also includes a neodymium magnet with 12 mm (~ 0.5 inches) in diameter. This magnet creates the magnetic field necessary for the sensor to work properly. (Also, we will send you a spare magnet).
Installing the RPM Phantom™
To achieve correct measurements using the RPM Phantom™ Sensor there are some considerations we need to understand. The first step to follow is to attach the magnet to the surface of your machine with the North Pole facing out of the machine. Be sure to attach it very firmly so the centrifugal force would not shoot out the magnet.
An easy way to know which pole are you looking at, is to compare the magnet with our magnetic key (the one which reset the phantom). All magnetic keys have the south pole facing towards the key, this means if one face of your magnet feels attracted to the key, that face it’s the North Pole.
Once done, locate the sensor with the bump side facing towards the magnet with a maximum distance of about 1 cm (0.3 inches). If located farther than this, the sensor could have some difficulties to read the correct velocity of the machine.
Go to the Phantom™ window and select Wizard. The Phantom Configuration Wizard screen opens in a new window. Click the Next button. Following we need to add our phantom device, in the select phantom window we have the next options: Option A allows us to manually enter a phantom code, and with option B we can scan the phantom QR code.
You can add phantoms by using an 11-digit ID code, select the Manually button. The Code window opens. Manually enter the 11-digit Phantom ID code from the sensor’s QR label (2-digit sensor model code + 9-digit sensor serial number) into the Code text field. Then click the Ok button. The manually entered sensor will appear in the Phantoms added section. Sensors may be removed from the group using the Delete option.
Scanning the QR code
(PC, laptop, or tablet computer camera required): Click the QR Code Reader button. The Code Bar Reader window opens.
Select the desired camera from the Device dropdown list. Position the QR label in front of the camera – squarely and close enough to be clearly read. The Code Bar Reader window will automatically capture the image, momentarily turn green, and document the sensor when it has read the QR code. It will then close automatically, and the scanned sensor will appear in the Phantoms added section.
Naming and configuration
We can organize ur phantom devices with the following tools:
- With the group box, we can select a previous group name from the list or type a new one to create a group.
- In the name box, we can select a name for our device o to simplify the phantom identification.
- On the description box, we select what kind of phantom are we using.
Once you’re finished click next.
In the next window, we find the Assign Channels screen, here we can assign the device to an analysis point in a selected machine from the tree, we can only set one point per channel:
Set the Alarm
Next, we have the set Phantom™ alarms window, here we can set a preset internal temperature threshold.
Completing Phantom™ Configuration
To learn more about our Phantom system please visit the Continuous Vibration Monitoring section.
How to integrate my RPM sensor with the Vibration Phantom?
It is possible to link your vibration sensor with the RPM speed module. With this tool a vibration measurement will be triggered when it detects that the RPM number is within a previously configured range.
To enable this function we have to enter the RPM module settings with the Phantom Manager application. First we select NODE CONFIG from the main menu.
We can then scan the QR code or select the Phantom code from the list.
Scan Phantom node label
Select from list
Scan the QR code and then reset the sensor with the magnetic key. This will give us access to the settings.
Reset the sensor with the magnetic key and the code will appear in the list, click on CONNECT to access the settings.
Once we are in the configuration window we can view the Activation Groups section.
In Activation interval we specify how much time should pass for a vibration sensor to reactivate, in case the RPM stays within the activation range.
Now we select ADD ACTIVATION GROUP and a new configuration box will open.
In this box we have to determine the RPM range for which the vibration sensor measurement will be activated. We enter the minimum and maximum speed for the range.
With the three orange buttons we can add the vibration sensor we want to link, either by scanning (BARCODE), selecting from the list (BLUETOOTH) or typing the serial number manually (MANUAL).
We can add more than one sensor to the activation group and add more than one activation group if we need different speed ranges.
To delete a sensor in the activation group, click on the REMOVE button. If we delete all sensors in an activation group, this one will be deleted when saving the configuration.
To save the configuration press the SAVE button and the sensors will now be linked.
Download the Phantom Manager application.