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SmartDiagnostics® Feature Highlight: Setting a Baseline

Page 34 of the Smart Diagnostics® Vibration Monitoring system User's Guide includes a brief tip about setting a baseline (5.3.1: Setting Baseline Vibration Spectrum for a Monitoring Point).  This quick click of the button saves a waveform as a baseline, enabling a plant manager to compare data taken from when a machine was known to be "working perfectly" to data showing how it is currently working.  This makes for a quick and easy comparison and will help both with spot checks to confirm consistent operation and with early diagnosis of any potential issues that may develop.

When a sensor node is placed on a properly working machine, it is necessary to take a baseline value.  This baseline will give you a starting point and will help you identify any mechanical issues in the future.
  • After successfully installing a sensor node at a monitoring location, allow data collection to begin.
  • Select an observation that you believe is representative of stable operation.
  • Click the "Save as Baseline" button on the right side of the Vibration Data Chart.
  • Click "Yes" in the confirmation pop-up dialogue box to save the baseline.
 The baseline is now set and is shown by the light grey line in the Vibration Data Chart.  You can prevent the displaying of the baseline spectrum data by clicking the "Hide Baseline" buttom on the right side of the Vibration Data Chart.

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