Intelligent Service Planning Tool Online Sound Checks for Vacuum Pumps
Leybold is taking a big step toward the digitalization of its product line and has an innovative online sound check for vacuum pumps on its website. With this free tool, users receive immediate feedback regarding the condition of their vacuum pumps.
Simply record a sequence of the pump's sound with a smartphone or tablet directly at sound.leybold.com or upload the sound file. The sound analysis is then used to determine whether the pump is running properly or if service is due. This feature initially applies to the company’s Varodry and Novadry oil-free screw vacuum pumps but will be extended to other pumps in the future, states the firm.
Using an intelligent test algorithm, the company draws upon its extensive vacuum expertise. While the human ear can't perceive various pump noises above a certain frequency, the app can quickly and objectively detect the condition of the gears and/or bearings. If deviations occur, they are detected immediately by the test algorithm, and the probability of an error is then displayed, mentions the firm. From an acoustic analysis of the vacuum pump, the company can come up with specific recommendations and schedules for service and maintenance work, such as belt changes.
This sound analysis represents a major economic advantage and encourages compliance with suggested service intervals. Based on the test results, customers can contact Leybold Service directly and transmit the sound data for a more detailed analysis. Depending on the condition of the vacuum pump, it can be determined if service is due without the need for a service call. As such, repair and maintenance work, in addition to downtimes for the entire system, can be anticipated and planned, concludes the firm.