Magnetic Mounting By: Ronald Nelson September 08, 2015, 0 Comments

In the past weeks, we’ve discussed stud mounting and adhesive mounting. Now, let’s turn our attention to magnetic mounting. These are the three different types of techniques common to mounting accelerometers. Each of these methods have tradeoffs in their usability. Surface preparation is slightly different in each case, and the type of surface varies. No one mounting practice is best suited for every situation.

Magnetic mounting provides a convenient means for quick mounting and is commonly used for machinery condition monitoring, predictive maintenance, spot checks, and vibration trending applications. When doing any type of magnetic mounting, the user should always exercise caution when placing the magnet against the surface, specifically when the sensor is already attached to the magnet. Magnetically mounting of an accelerometer has the potential to generate very high acceleration (g) levels if the mounting base is allowed to slap or slam in the machine structure. To prevent damage, exercise extreme caution and install the assembly gently by rocking it into place. If shock is expected to be a particular concern, use a sensor with built-in shock protection.

See our Accelerometer Mounting Guide for more information.