Introducing the Flowserve IPS Beacon™ Condition Monitor

The Flowserve IPS Beacon is a data acquisition, logging and visual alert device that monitors process pump health, checking power-end vibration and temperature against pre-set limits.

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It is estimated that less than 10% of all pump failures are attributable to normal bearing wear and fatigue, meaning nearly all bearing failures are avoidable. The IPS Beacon condition monitor simply and effectively provides an early warning of potential pump problems, enabling a proactive response to help extend L-10 bearing life to the ISO/ASME “design rating” and beyond.

Straightforward Visual Alert

The Beacon features a system of LED indicator lights that allow operators to quickly ascertain overall pump health at a glance. A blinking green LED indicates normal operation, while a red LED indicates a current alert condition. If an alert condition occurs only sporadically, the Beacon is also programmed to indicate past alert conditions that may have been missed by operators, even if the current condition is normal.

User Configurable and Expansion Capability

With the addition of the optional USB docking device, end users are able to customize each IPS Beacon for a specific application. Using the docking device and the PC-based software, alarm levels for vibration and temperature can be adjusted as required and the battery voltage checked.

To further extend its monitoring capabilities, Flowserve also offers the optional Take-away Memory Module (TAM) for the Beacon. The TAM stores the time-stamped temperature and vibration measurements from the Beacon, providing the user with up to one year of data points. All state of health data can be downloaded to a PC for later evaluation using the USB docking device.

Remote Monitoring Option

The IPS Beacon is designed so that it can be transformed from a local monitoring and alert system by integrating into an IPS Wireless Series 103 multi-point device. With this integration, the IPS Beacon sensor data can be sent “wirelessly,” allowing the user instant access to information without having to be at the pump.

The connection of the IPS Beacon to one of the IPS Wireless Series 103 ports allows up to four additional monitoring points through the four remaining ports (e.g., temperature, pressure, etc.) to be monitored.

A local wireless network is provided through the IPS Wireless repeater, receiver/interface systems. Integration of wireless data and information is seamless to either a local monitoring system or the Flowserve Technology Advantage Platform. Through the platform, the customer can gain access to Flowserve technical experts who also have access to the information. Flowserve personnel can assist plant operations in building custom performance monitoring solutions or with the identification of cost-effective corrective measures. The result is extended Mean Time Between Failure of the customer’s equipment.