ABB recently introduced a new smart sensor for mounted bearings as part of the company's Ability Digital Powertrain.
The ABB Ability Smart Sensor uses algorithms to assess, manage and ensure the performance of machine components. The technology provides an early indicator of potential problems by assessing the condition of bearings from vibration and temperature information. This helps to prevent downtime on applications such as bulk material handling conveyors typically found in the mining, aggregate and cement industries, as well as in the food and beverage and air-handling sectors.
The sensor can be easily mounted on bearings and communicates wirelessly via a smartphone or other device. This capability helps to keep employees safe, allowing easy access to the health data of bearings in locations that may be difficult or dangerous to reach.
"Bearings are critical components in conveyor systems and are often the first indicator of a system problem," says Artur Rdzanek, product manager for sensor technologies at ABB. "The display of the health status of the bearing enables operators to quickly and safely identify a potential problem, which allows them to schedule maintenance and prevent unplanned downtime."
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