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A critical cooling tower at a New Jersey hospital failed unexpectedly and an emergency repair was required. Prior to the failure, only annual vibration checks were allowed since the cooling tower cell had to be shutdown and restarted for the accelerometers to be installed and then removed after data collection.
Because of the lengthy monitoring interval, the impending failure was not caught early enough. The gearbox and motor were fitted with i-ALERT devices during the repair. Because the i-ALERT monitor is Bluetooth® Smart enabled it can communicate to a mobile device wirelessly from a safe distance of 30-100 ft. (10-30 m) while the equipment is still running.
Vibration and temperature data collection can now be performed without shutting down and entering the cooling tower cells.
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