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Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s SETPOINT® product line features prominently in London

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Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s SETPOINT® product line was featured prominently at the OSIsoft EMEA Users Conference in London, 16 – 19 October.

On-hand for the event were Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s president Roderik Wiedemeier, vice-president sales Amitabh Khosla, SETPOINT vice-president Randy Chitwood and SETPOINT product manager Steve Sabin. Chitwood participated in the keynote session on opening day as part of the Customer Innovation Showcases. He contrasted the traditional ‘stand-alone’ condition monitoring data infrastructure with the approach used by SETPOINT where a stand-alone vibration data repository is eliminated and done entirely within the PI System® instead. Chitwood’s session was a favorite among attendees, voted as one of the top two keynotes presented.

Sabin followed later that afternoon with a 30-minute ‘deep dive’ tutorial on the details of how the system works. He explained how intelligent analytics embedded within the SETPOINT edge device (vibration monitor) are used to determine what data needs to be sent to the PI System versus data that does not need to be sent, thus using network bandwidth and the PI data archive more efficiently. Sabin further explained how this approach eliminates the need for a stand-alone vibration data infrastructure but without sacrificing the functionality and data visualisation requirements imposed by rotating machinery engineers and vibration analysts. A key point of his presentation was to ‘demystify’ the mechanism whereby such high-speed data can be placed in standard PI tags and to describe how lossless compression concepts from the video streaming domain are employed to ensure that important data is never lost while unimportant data does not need to be repetitively transmitted.

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