Based WIKA Instrument’s analysis of audit data from more than 250 plants, vibration is one of the most common reason for gauge failure.
What are signs of gauge failure? Visible = detached pointer and metal shavings on the inside of the gauge behind the window. Hidden risks = wear on internal components and pressure system failure.
The ideal solution, obviously, is to reduce the vibration and extend the lifetime of all of the equipment in the process, but sometimes that is not possible for technical or cost reasons. In these cases, the plant requires a gauge that can withstand vibration and provide reliable, accurate performance..
Studies and tests have proven that liquid filled gauges are the best solution in applications where high vibrations are present. Liquid-filled gauges are designed to help dampen the vibration and protect the internal components of a gauge. In addition the fill fluid reduces or eliminates the pointer flutter making the gauge easy to read again. The case fill cools the gauge internals and protects them from the environments.
The Best Gauge for Vibration: WIKA XSEL® Process Pressure Gauge:
The WIKA XSEL® process pressure gauge is designed to perform in most extreme conditions found in refining, petrochemical, and chemical plants today. High pulsating pressures and heavy mechanically induced vibrations are common in most processing plants, and this impacts all types of equipment, especially pressure instrumentation. The XSEL process gauge contains a hardened and lubricated movement to withstand high-vibration applications and offers high load-cycle stability and shock resistance. The XSEL Process Gauge features a solid front safety case and can measure positive pressure ranges up to 30,000 psi.
Best of all, every XSEL process gauge comes with a 5 year warranty on the gauge and a 10 year warranty on the pressure system.
The XSELprocess gauge series includes a variety of configurations designed for specific conditions. These configurations include wetted parts in copper alloy, 316L stainless steel, Monel® M400 (NACE MRO-175 listed) and 1019 steel in combination with 316SS Bourdon tube.
One final note — WIKA can also equip gauges with socket restrictors or throttle screws to help control severe vibration or pulsation. Contact WIKA’s technical support department at (888) 431-1559 (Press 1) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.