ITM’s Patented Technologies Prevent Boiler Tube Leaks

The US patent office has recently awarded patents to ITM for (2) two of the underlying boiler safety and process optimization technologies embedded within our CDS and SHOP systems.  These systems monitor boiler conditions and alert operators when boiler tube damaging events/conditions occur.

Clinker Detection System (CDS)US Patent 10060688B2

The Clinker Detection System (CDS) measures the relative weight, location, and frequency of clinkers that impact a boiler floor. This technology enables operators to shorten boiler outages, identify fouling problems, optimize soot blower operations and identify damaging impact events.

Superheater OverHeat Protection (SHOP)US Patent 9541282B2

The Superheater OverHeat Protection (SHOP) system helps mitigate the risk of superheater tube failure due to short-term overheat during boiler start-ups.    Catastrophic thin-lipped bursts  can occur in superheater steam generation tubes when steam flow is insufficient, when deposits restrict flow, or when tubes are blocked by water due to a rapid firing rate during boiler start-up.  SHOP assists operators in the management of boiler start-ups by enabling the detection of superheater tube clear events (TCE’s).

If you’re interested in learning more about these systems and other boiler/process monitoring solutions, feel free to contact Ryan Welker by e-mail at ryan.welker@itestsystem.com or phone at (844) 837-8797.

ITM adds NI-9242 compatibility to iTestSystem

 

The NI-9242 single ended voltage input module can now be used with the latest version of iTestSystem (16.1). The NI-9242 C-Series module features three (3) voltage inputs plus one (1) neutral input, 24-bit resolution, 250V rms L-N, 400V rms L-L, and 50 kS/s/ch. The measurement range (250V rms L-N or 400V rms L-L) makes it ideal for embedded 120V rms and 240V rms grid measurement applications such as phasor measurements, power metering, power quality monitoring, industrial machinery, motor testing, and transient or harmonic analysis with high-speed (50kHz) simultaneous sampling.

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For advice about using the NI-9242 in stand-alone power quality applications or cRIO power monitoring applications contact Mark Yeager or Matt Satcher.

ITM adds NI-9246 compatibility to iTestSystem

 

In the latest release of iTestSystem (v 16.1), we are adding the NI-9246 current input module to the compatibility list. The NI-9246 features 3, 22 Arms continuous current inputs, 24-bit resolution, and 50 kS/s/ch in the C Series form factor. The measurement range (22 Arms ) makes it ideal for three phase current measurements from 1A and 5A current transformers. These types of measurements are used in embedded industrial, power generation applications like power quality monitoring and machine condition monitoring.

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For advice about using the NI-9246 in stand-alone power quality applications or cRIO power monitoring applications contact Mark Yeager

ITM Live Demo Series: Sound Level Measurements with iTestSystem

The latest video in the ITM Live Demo series shows the new sound level measurement capability of iTestSystem.

In recent months, our customers have asked us to integrate sound level measurements into iTestSystem.  With this new feature, iTestSystem can help you monitor construction site noise or measure whether your equipment meets ISO noise emission standards or pass by noise regulations. In this video, Ryan Matthews demonstrates the new dataview for iTestSystem to measure a fan’s sound level.

If you’re interested in learning more about iTestSystem and Sound Level Measurements, feel free to contact one of our test specialists by e-mail at info@itestsystem.com or phone at (844) 837-8797.

iTestSystem: New Release v16.1

We are excited to announce that a new version (16.1) of iTestSystem is available for download. This latest release provides engineers with a flexible sensor data collection and analysis platform ideal for long term endurance testing, vibration analysis, off -highway vehicle condition monitoring, sound level, and structural design validation.

We have added and updated the following tools:

  • New Microphone Sensor Type and Dataview for Sound Level Measurements
  • Expanded Data Acquisition Hardware Support including the rugged NI FieldDAQ Device
  • New Automated Data Analysis Tools including sensor statistics, scaling, and sound level
  • Updated File Filtering and Improve Data Interaction
  • Updated Impact Test DAQ with 3D Animator Integration

Download the new version today!

For more information about the new version of iTestSystem or to request a demo contact Chase.Petzinger@iTestSystem.com.

 

ITM Live Demo Series: iTestSystem with NI FieldDAQ

As a part the ITM Live Demo series, we’re excited to release this video featuring iTestSystem and National Instruments FieldDAQ™ hardware.

At ITM, we’re always on the lookout for tools that will help us take tough measurements.  When we heard that NI was introducing a new device that features IP65/67-rated ingress protection, we were very excited.  In many industrial or off-way environments, there is potential for fluids to splash or leak onto exposed hardware.  Could the NI FieldDAQ™ be a solution for these types of environments?

Watch now as I demonstrate how to use an NI FieldDAQ™ Strain Device with iTestSystem and answer the question; Will it work while submerged in water?

If you’re interested in learning more about iTestSystem or FieldDAQ™, feel free to contact one of our test specialists by e-mail at info@itestsystem.com or phone at (844) 837-8797.

Mark Yeager – Cat III Vibration Analyst Certification

Congratulations to Mark Yeager for obtaining Category III Vibration Analyst Certification.

Category III Vibration Analysts are qualified to establish, direct, and\or perform programs for condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines including spectral, waveform, and orbit analysis. Category III certified Vibration Analysts are qualified to perform minor corrective actions involving operating deflection shapes, single-plane balancing, and diagnostic testing.

Machine Design Article: Feeding the Next Generation of Product Development

Check out the article “Feeding the Next Generation of Product Development” in Machine Design magazine.  In this article, ITM president Tim Carlier describes how engineers are collecting real-world data to get a true look at how their designs are used in the field, and how to design a better machine.  By utilizing iTestSystem and its automation tools, test engineers can implement unattended field tests that continuously analyze and send data based on specific operating conditions.  Armed with data from these tests, designers can better quantify and predict future performance and develop products that satisfy the complete range of actual customer usage.