Additive Manufacturing of casing for Vibration Sensor

VISEAM drives the idea of vibration sensor cases that are done by additive manufacturing for use cases where individual shape and fixing is needed.

The challenge is to

  • Manufacture casing for vibration sensor used in Machines Prognostics’ health monitoring system, Foresight, by means of powder bed fusion/selective laser melting
    • Today the casing is machined (time consuming) and needs redesign for AM
    • New design must maintain integrity and stiffness to carry vibrations efficiently
  • The aim of the experiment is to
    • Redesign casing for AM (SLM)
    • Set up and verify complete manufacturing process including post processing
    • Reduce manufacturing cost for the casing by at least 30 %

Impact

  • Enable local manufacturing of casing and assembly of vibration sensor
    • Shorter lead time, lower transportation cost and reduced environmental footprint
  • Enable serial/batch production with a minimum of manual labour
    • Lower manufacturing cost
  • Set up scalable manufacturing process which adapt to market situation
    • Flexibility, consistent quality and short lead time

Business case (maritime/offshore industry):

  • Machine Prognostics is currently working with key customers like MacGregor, MHWirth, Scanmudring, Umoe Mandal and Bosch Rexroth with several systems installed
  • Goal is to have more than 200 systems installed by 2022 and 2500 systems by 2026
  • Each system consist of 5-15 vibration sensors