Vibration Meter PCE-VM 20

Order no.: PCE-VM 20
£ 1,152.00
£ 1,382.40
price ex. (VAT / delivery)
Delivery time: 1-2 working days

Vibration meter for vibration measurement on the machines / 

direct evaluation in compliance with DIN ISO 10816 / various measurement modes / real-time FFT analysis /
route option for fast acquisition of the measuring points

Rotating components in the machines generally cause machine vibrations which can be transmitted to the entire machine via mechanically coupled components. In this way, a vibration mixture with different frequency components is created. These machine vibrations may have various effects which may be desired (e.g., in conveyors or vibrating screens), though are often unwanted and lead to poor manufacturing qualities and increased wear of the machine. An increased wear because of the machine vibrations leads to the reduced running times, higher failure rates, and higher maintenance costs, so overall, to the avoidable costs. As negative as the effects of the machine vibrations on the machine itself may be, so much these mechanical vibrations are advantageous during the analysis of the machine damage and its causes. Vibration Meter Machine Vibrations PCE-VM 20Often the same recurring errors such as imbalances, alignment errors or bearing damage, like a kind of fingerprint, can be determined in the frequency spectrum of a machine vibration and help, after proper evaluation, to find the sources of the errors and eliminate the causes.

How to Measure Machine Vibrations

Stationary systems for permanent machine monitoring or mobile vibration measuring devices for the regular recording of the measured values are suitable for the measurement of machine vibrations. Mobile vibration meters, such as the PCE -VM 20 from PCE Instruments, due to various specifications are excellently suitable for measuring the machine vibrations. The vibration meter can detect the vibration accelerations (up to 20 g), vibration velocities (up to 200 mm / s) and vibration paths (up to 2000μm) in a frequency range from 1 ... 10,000Hz. At the same time, the frequency measurement can be carried out by means of FFT analysis to filter out the dominant vibration frequencies in the vibration mixture.
In the assessment of machine vibrations, limit values can be, on the one hand, determined and defined on the basis of own experiences, but, on the other hand, a common approach may be applied, when the limits for machine vibrations in compliance with ISO 10816 are taken into consideration. In ISO 10816, the machines are divided into performance classes and in accordance with that, the limit values are defined in colors. The vibration measuring device for machine vibrations represents the limit values of ISO 10816. This means that if the vibrations are too high and the limit values are exceeded, the display value changes corresponding to the Standard. This makes it immediately evident whether the general machine condition is within the ISO 10816 Standard or whether there is a need for taking measures, since the vibration level is in the orange or even red range.
Since the machine damage does not occur suddenly and there are always indications of certain problems with the machine over longer periods of time, it is advisable to regularly check the machine vibrations at fixed time intervals. Vibration Meter Machine Vibrations PCE-VM 20 Application This allows for timely detection of the changes in the vibration behavior of the machine and correction of the problems. Since often several measuring points are tested on one machine, it frequently leads to the fact that a big number of measuring points in several systems and pieces of equipment should be checked regularly. In order to keep the track of these measuring routes, the measuring device also has a measuring root function, due to which the measured values can automatically be assigned to a measuring point. As a result, the further comparability and the detection of trend developments is much easier.

Due to these functions and properties, the machine vibration measuring device is suitable for compliance with limit values (ISO 10816), for troubleshooting and localization of the error sources and thus for correcting the defective machine vibrations.

- real-time FFT analysis

- robust housing

- many vibration parameters

- direct evaluation of machine vibrations in compliance with DIN ISO 10816

- integrated LiPo battery

Vibration acceleration0 ... 200 m / s², 1 .... 10,000 Hz
Vibration velocity0 ... 200 mm / s, 1.... 10,000 Hz
Vibration displacement0 ... 2000 μm, 1.... 10,000 Hz

Accuracy vibration± 5%

Operating modesVibration
Representable measured variablesFrequency
 Vibration acceleration
 Vibration velocity
 FFT spectrum
UnitsMetric, imperial
 Hz, mm / s², mm / s, μm
InterfaceUSB 2.0
Storage4GB micro SD card
Battery lifeUp to 8 h continuous operation
Battery typeLithium polymer
Display128 x 160 pixel color LCD
Environmental conditions-10 ... 55°C / 14 ... 131°F
 ≤ 80% RH not condensing
Dimensions132 x 70 x 33 mm / 5.2 x 2.8 x 1.3 in (L x W x D)
WeightAbout 150 g / < 1 lb 
Handset: must not be exposed to strong vibrations, magnetic fields, corrosive media or dust
Technical data for the vibration sensor
Sensitivity100 mV / g
Frequency response (± 3 dB)0.5 ... 15,000 Hz
Frequency response (± 10%)2.0 ... 10,000 Hz
Dynamic range± 50 g, peak
Power supply (IEPE)18 ... 30V DC
Constant current source2 ... 10-mA
Spectral noise at 10 Hz14 μg / √Hz
Spectral noise at 100 Hz2.3 μg / √Hz
Spectral noise at 1000 Hz2 μg / √Hz
Output impedance< 100 Ω
Bias voltage10 ... 14V DC
Housing insulation> 100 MΩ
Environmental conditions-50 ... 121°C / -58 ... 249.8°F
Maximum impact protection5000 g, peak
Resonant frequency23,000 Hz
Housing material316L stainless steel
Connection2 Pin MIL-C-5015
Weight90 g / < 1 lb

1 x Vibration meter PCE-VM 20
1 x Magn. Accelerometer with 1.8 m / 5.9 ft connection cable
1 x USB connection cable
1 x Charger 100 ... 240V AC
1 x PC software
1 x User manual