Smart Sensors for Motors

Motors are a vital component in plant infrastructure. Any developing technology that can improve motor performance has the potential to drive significant revenues over time.

Both Sensing technology and motor technology are ancient. So, the idea of integrating Smart sensors for motors to measure their status is not a new one. Traditional sensors tend to be a single purpose in nature. They execute a single sensing function such as temperature, vibration, or acoustic wave measurement.

Ability Smart Sensors for Motors:

The ABB Ability Smart Sensors for Motors convert traditional motors into smart, wirelessly connected devices. It is attached to the frame of low voltage induction motors without the need for wiring or machining. By using this, maintenance can be planned according to actual needs rather than based on generic schedules. This extends equipment life, cuts maintenance costs, and reduces or prevents unplanned downtime due to breakdowns.

What does it do?

Smart sensors relay information about the operation and health of a motor through a Bluetooth gateway or smartphone to a secure server by using algorithms. The Smart Sensor picks up data on vibration, temperature, and other parameters that can be used to gain important information on the motor’s condition and performance. This enables the users to identify inefficiencies within their system and reduce risks related to operation and maintenance. Data is also tracked over time for trend analysis.

Other Smart Sensors for motors:

It is identified that more than 30 vendors around the world are advertising a smart sensor-type device intended for motor-based systems. Siemens’ Simotics Connect displayed its product at Hannover. Also, SKF is selling its Machine Condition Indicator, WEG launched its Motor Scan product last year, and Schaeffer offers a device called Smart Check. 

Numerous start-ups such as Augury, endiio, iQunet, MachineSense, and PetaSense have also been using this market opportunity. When an emerging market attracts significant early investment, this often represents a signpost towards rapid revenue expansion.

Smart Sensors for Motors

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