Motors and Mechanical Power Transmission

Video: ABB Ability Smart Sensor checks condition of bearings

18 January 2019

The ABB Ability smart sensor for Dodge mounted bearings — introduced as part of the ABB Ability Digital Source: ABBSource: ABBPowertrain — enables health checks for bearings. The smart sensor technology provides an early indicator of any 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 applications in the food and beverage and air handling sectors.

The smart sensor for mounted bearings uses advanced algorithms to assess, manage and ensure component performance. Eighty percent of bearing failures are lubrication-related, and a bearing running hot can indicate that proper lubrication procedures are not in place. Monitoring a bearing’s vibration can indicate potential system problems.

The sensor easily mounts to the bearing and communicates wirelessly via a smartphone or other device. This capability keeps employees safe, enabling easy access to the health data of bearings in locations that may be difficult or dangerous to reach.

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