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SINT Technology has been designing and developing integrated data acquisition, test and measurement systems for over twenty years for a wide variety of industrial applications as plant and machinery monitoring and diagnostics, inspection, motion probes, testing and automation.

 

Field M&D

Test, monitoring and diagnostics software suite

Thermal Plant Evaluator

Plant and machines long term performance monitoring
Reciprocating compressors diagnostics

RCX

Reciprocating compressors ATEX approved diagnostics system

 

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Field M&D

Software able to acquire, elaborate and display dynamic and static signals compatible with several National Instruments hardware devices

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The software provides a user-friendly interface comprising the following sections:

  • Explorer, for the visualization of acquired and processed data
  • Setup, for the settings of hardware, acquisition, recording and processing parameters
  • Signals monitoring and data recording management window
  • Post Process, for processing of recorded raw data

The software provides advanced signals visualization and processing capabilities, for both generic and specific signals (Vibration analysis, Rotodynamic, Bump Test etc.). Main features:

  • Compatibility with numerous National Instruments modular systems
  • High number of channels acquisition
  • Multiple cDAQ chassis synchronization (using the NI 9469 synchronization module)
  • Measurement unit management
  • Optimization for visualization of huge data volumes
  • Real time processing and visualization
  • Raw data recording (streaming) and post processing
  • Tools for vibration analysis (signal integration/derivation, time and frequency analysis, order analysis, filtered and unfiltered orbit, FRF, waterfall, etc.)
  • Export of acquired or processed signals in the main standard formats
  • Import of raw data from text file acquired by third party systems
  • Configurable functions for data analysis
  • Customizable interface and signal processing through selectable toolkits

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Thermal Plant Evaluator

Software for the long-term real-time evaluation of the performance parameters for a whole plant or single machine.

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Thermal Plant Evaluator is a cost effective long term performance monitoring software for machines.

The cost effectiveness and the plant efficiency are the major parameters on which the plant managers focus their attention to evaluate the plant performance indexes, through long data elaboration.    

Thermal Plant Evaluator platform transfers SINT Technology’s experience in field performance testing into a Windows OS software suite that allows for the continuous monitoring of a power plant or of a single unit.
The results are immediately at disposal in a real time format to the control system operator and plant management to set priorities in plant maintenance actions, optimizing efficiency efforts and load Energy optimizations.

Platform main features:

  • Acquire plant and machines data from already installed Distributed Control System (DCS) through the most used industrial communication protocol (OPC DA, ModBUS, EGD, Profibus, etc.).
  • Support for most popular additional acquisition hardware such as KeySight data logger, Yokogawa wattmeter etc.
  • Real-time monitoring of both acquired data and calculated performances through synoptic viewers
  • Recording of both acquired data and calculated performances
  • Navigation of historical data through trend viewers (optimized for management of years of data)
  • Historical data export in text format
  • Performance calculation reference parameters editable by user in real-time
  • Optional tool for remote data navigation

 Available calculations:

  • Thermodynamic properties of gaseous mixtures and water/steam according to the major equation of state of real gases
  • Gas turbine exhaust mass flow calculation by energy balance
  • Gas turbine exhaust mass flow by HRSG energy balance
  • Fuel gas stoichiometric combustion calculation
  • Centrifugal compressor performance evaluation
  • Compressor maps and operative point
  • Steam turbine performance calculation
  • Steam turbine expansion line and efficiencies evaluation
  • Calculation of the steam quality at the steam turbine exhaust by energy balance
  • Mass flow direct calculations according to ISO 5167 code
  • Mass flow indirect calculation by energy balance (for example over heat exchangers)

 

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RCX

Atex system for real-time acquisition, visualization and analysis of reciprocating compressors behaviour.

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Reciprocating compressors are often some of the most critical systems at a production facility. Due to many factors, adequacy of maintenance practices and operational factors, industrial facilities can expect widely varying lifecycle costs and reliability from their own installations. RCX is actually the only system for reciprocating compressors analysis ATEX approved, composed by a portable acquisition hardware based on NI cRIO architecture and a Windows OS software for real-time visualization, processing and recording control. The NI cRIO platform allows the system to be used both as a stand-alone recording system or a user driven system through the dedicated software. Acquisition hardware features

  • Portable
  • Multichannel (up to 16 chs)
  • Hazardous Area approved (Ex nA e i IIC T3)
  • Stand-alone recording
  • Wireless connection to PC
  • Ex ia sensors
  • Up to 12 Dynamic pressure probes
  • IEPE Accelerometers
  • Velocimeters
  • Tacho probe (i.e. optical, magnetic and inductive probe)

Recorded data:

  • Cylinder pressure (indicated cycle)
  • Suction and discharge pressure
  • High Frequency Vibration
  • Rod-drop and run-out

Software features:

  • Dedicated user interface
  • Advanced real-time data view capabilities (cylinder pressure in angle, stroke and volume domain, vibration and pressure in time and frequency domain, theoretical cycle overlay etc.)
  • Valve cover temperature collection
  • Valve cover vibration analysis
  • Real-time performance parameters calculation (leaking valves and rings, cylinder and piping pulsations, mechanical looseness, horsepower and capacity variances etc.)

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SESTA FFT

A data acquisition and analysis system to analyze gas turbines combustion chamber pressure fluctuations.

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SESTA FFT is a data acquisition and analysis system for gas turbines combustion chamber pressure fluctuations. The gas turbine combustion quality mainly depends on:

  • Combustion chamber pressure
  • Temperature
  • Air flow speed inside the combustor
  • Stoichiometry ratio
  • Combustible type

Small variations in the parameters mentioned above could bring to combustion instability and therefore to pressure fluctuations inside the combustion chamber.
The acquisition and analysis of these fluctuations is important in order to measure the quality of the combustion and prevent breaks due to excited resonance frequencies.
The system is composed by a NI cRIO chassis with two NI 9234 accelerometers acquisition module and, a NI 9481 digital output module and a software running on PC for data visualization and acquisition control.
Thanks to the cRIO platform the system can also record data in stand-alone manner.
The software provides also useful tools for recorded raw and elaborated data navigation. Main feature:

  • Dedicated user interface for real-time monitoring, recording control and recorded data navigation
  • Stand-alone recording mode
  • Raw data and elaborated data recording
  • Real-time data monitoring and recording control from third party software through OPC DA protocol
  • The software is provided with LabVIEW API for loss less raw data streaming to third party software (used as data collector)
  • Recorded data visualization through dedicated graphs and playback functionality

Signal Elaborations:

  • Pressure fluctuations Time domain RMS
  • FFT analysis
  • RMS evaluated in the frequency domain inside user defined frequency bands
  • Maximum Peak detection inside defined frequency bands
  • Averaged FFT Waterfall recording
  • Averaged FFT Peak Hold Waterfall recording

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V-CAL

Automated system for the calibration procedures of speed and acceleration sensors.

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The calibration of vibration sensors (accelerometers and velocimeters) could be a time consuming procedure and its accuracy affects the vibration measures carried out with the sensor itself.

V-CAL is an automatic probes calibration system that allows to perform human unsupervised and high precision calibration plan in few seconds.

The system is composed by a shaker with the reference probe and the probe to calibrate installed on, a NI cDAQ chassis with a NI 9234 accelerometers acquisition module and NI 9263 analog output module, an amplifier to drive the shaker and a PC running the software.

Through the dedicated interface the user can define a custom calibration plan composed by steps. Each step is defined by excitation frequency and amplitude. Once the calibration starts the system carries out the calibration plan step by step, driving the shaker through the analog output module and elaborating the accelerometers signals. In order to increase the calibration accuracy the system perform a closed loop control on the reference probe measured amplitude.

Main features:

  • Customizable calibration plan in terms of frequency and amplitude
  • Customizable FFT calculation parameters
  • Closed loop control on reference probe measured amplitude to strongly meet the user defined calibration amplitude
  • Real-time monitoring graph (time and frequency domain)
  • Real-time calibration results visualization
  • Calibration of accelerometers and velocimeters
  • Final calibration plan report in txt format

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VMS

Acquisition and elaboration system for the acoustic emissions for long-term monitoring of suction and discharge cylinder valves on reciprocating compressors.

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VMS is an acoustic emissions data acquisition and recording system used for long term monitoring wear status of suction and discharge cylinder valves on reciprocating compressors. Its architecture allows to monitor machines operating in hazardous area. VMS is composed by:

  • Acoustic emissions sensors able to sense signals connected with the gas flow through the compressor suction and discharge valves
  • Key phasor sensor for rotational speed measurement
  • ATEX approved junction box containing signal conditioners installed nearby the machine
  • Acquisition, recording and storage cabinet installed in the safe control room which includes a PC running the software and NI SCXI platform for signal acquisition

The software has been developed to real-time monitor the valves acoustic emissions and record data in a dedicated database. The historical data are available from the VMS software itself or from remote third party software for further analysis.

Software features:

  • Real-time acoustic signals monitoring (time and angle domain)
  • Historical data visualization
  • Average and variance of the acquired signals inside a machine full revolution and calculated on the user defined number of revolutions
  • Calculation of the maximum value and areas subtended by the average value curve, for four angle intervals set by the user
  • On demand and timed signals recording

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Sint db manager

Database connection utility for LabVIEW 32 and 64 bit

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SINT Technology DB Manager is a VI toolkit for LabVIEW development environment (both 32 and 64 bit) that provides an easy-to-use interface between LabVIEW and other multiple database engines (Oracle, MySQL and MS SQL server).

This toolkit doesn’t require an ODBC configuration, resulting in an easier client machine configuration and LabVIEW developed application distribution.

Due to the scalable architecture, further database engines support may be requested contacting SINT Technology.

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Probe Positioner

Two axis probe positioning system with customizable and automated movement plan.

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During prototyping phase of machines such as centrifugal compressors, the spatial resolution of temperature, pressure and gas flow angle measurements is crucial.

In order to have a reliable characterization of the model under test the amount of probes required could increase considerably, increasing also the hardware needed for cabling, the number of data acquisition channels and work force for the installation.

Probe Positioner is thought to increase the spatial resolution of the measurements without increase the number of sensors to use, through a two axes probes positioner.

The hardware is provided with an easy to use PC software that allows to move the probes in the desired location simply setting the two axes target, or defining a movement plan the software executes automatically.
The software allows the usage of more Probe Positioner hardware at the same time. Main features:

  • Two axis probes movement
  • 100mm translation and 180° rotation
  • Hardware provided with ethernet connectivity for an easy installation and configuration
  • Dedicated user interface for manually set the axes target or define a movement plan to be executed automatically
  • Hardware and software customized based on user requirements

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Data Picker e WideView

Acquisition system with special high temperature sensors used to analyze data during security fire tests on the Rome Subway line C.

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The software and hardware platform was used as data acquisition and monitoring system in order to validate the Rome subway C line design in terms of fire safety.
The experiment was conducted on a 110 meters long 1:1 subway scale model, with three differents fire triggers type:

  • Natural trigger simulating an abnormal operating condition
  • Forced trigger increasing the subway car underbody temperature
  • Malicious trigger firing up a fuel tank inside the subway car

SINT Technology provided the acquisition hardware based on National Instruments Field Point platform, special sensors designed for working at high temperature and the software platform for collecting data from Field Point hardware and third party acquisition systems.

Measurement types:

  • Tunnel temperature
  • Combustion gas concentration and speed
  • Light intensity inside the emergency exit

Because of the unrepeatability of the experiment the solution was designed for the highest availability possible in terms of both hardware and software design.

Software platform:

  • Field Point embedded software for signals acquisition and data recording on device memory
  • Windows PC software for data retrieving from Field Point and third party devices (PLC and Java developed softwares)
  • Multi Instance Windows PC software for data visualization on synoptic and trend viewers

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Custom Solutions for 4.0 industries

In the age of Industry 4.0, SINT Technology stands as a reference partner highly specialized in designing custom Hardware & Software integrated Solutions anytime data acquisition or high-frequency elaboration is needed: our Company is also fully experienced in the realization of any automated systems.

Contact us for whatever request you may have: from long-term monitoring of large amounts of PLC data with dedicated equipment, to production of industrial automated systems through high-speed hardware. We can also propose several solutions for obsolete systems revamp.

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