Simpler, quicker, stronger: Compass 6000 version 10 brings major benefits

Boerries Homann, Product Manager for the Compass 6000 Condition Monitoring System at Brüel & Kjær Vibro, talks about how users benefit from the latest version: Simpler handling, cost-effectiveness and full scalability make Compass 6000 suitable to all kinds of applications, from monitoring individual critical machines to a plant-wide installation with hundreds of measurement channels.

Which major technical changes have been made to Compass 6000 for the latest release, i.e. Version 10?

Boerries Homann: "Technically speaking, we have replaced the complete core of the Compass 6000 Condition Monitoring System (CMS), meaning the CVM (Central Vibration Monitor) is now running on the latest Microsoft® PC and Server Operating System (OS) instead of an older SCO-Unix OS.
In addition, we implemented the latest Microsoft® SQL database server system as our new backbone instead of an old Oracle type database.

All-in-all our customers will benefit from a new CVM management console providing an easy and intuitive handling, a highly improved data management (compression and deletion algorithms), a better database auto-backup and restore function.

Last but not least – as a win-win of the new standard Operating System - a far simpler installation process and the possibility to implement a state of the art data security and IT concept. "

Compass 6000 is known to be a very capable system for large, plant-wide installations with hundreds of measurement channels. What if a customer application requires only very few measurements? Is there a small-scale cost-effective condition monitoring solution?

Boerries Homann: "Yes, indeed there is. We now are free to scale the Compass 6000 CMS from only a few input channels (measurement points) running on a simple PC solution up to hundreds of channels running on a sophisticated server or virtualized solution. The OS licensing and overall IT maintenance requirements are now much more cost-effective and lend themselves to smaller systems as much as to plant-wide installations."

If existing customers want to upgrade to the latest version of Compass 6000, are there any restraints?

Börries Homann: "There are absolutely no restraints in regards to the existing (installed) data acquisition hardware (electronics), the already purchased Condition Monitoring module licenses and the basic system and IT architecture which basically stay the same. There is no extra training required for handling and use of the system because even though we have developed a new core of the Compass 6000CMS, the main graphical user interface – the Compass 6000 Monitoring Workstation - remains the same.

When it comes to data migration from an older Compass 6000 version to the latest Version 10, we are already working on a solution to migrate as many data and measurements as possible from the old Oracle database to latest Microsoft® SQL server."

How does Compass 6000  fit into the industrial internet landscape?

Boerries Homann:  "B&K Vibro has been intimately involved in data integration management and security for many years. Our open distributed architecture and integrated condition monitoring system concept was actually started several years ago when we were taking in data from different systems for correlation and calculated measurement purposes. This concept has been further refined to our virtual servers and we can now import data using a variety of different formats such as DTF, OPC and Modbus. We also export data using our unique data interface Compass IMEX-6000 into various systems, including data historians. In addition to data communications, we have also put a lot of effort into optimizing data security. Over a period of several years we developed our approved CSSA solution (Compass Secure System Architecture) with a major oil company, which is a unique, simple yet powerful means for securely exchanging data with one or more host systems."