Tech turns general machinery into ‘smart assets’

By Andy Brown29 September 2022

All components of a powertrain can be monitored via one portal, says ABB

ABB has expanded its ABB Ability Smart Sensor so that customers can now remotely monitor the health and performance of general machinery.

According to the company, the Smart Sensor turns rotating equipment including drives, motors, and applications such as pumps, into smart, wireless connected assets. This means that potential asset disturbances can be seen before a problem occurs.

The smart sensor fits to the assets’ surfaces, collecting and transmitting data via smartphone or gateway to a secure cloud service. Advanced algorithms analyse the data to provide real-time insights into the condition and performance of monitored assets.

The asset to be monitored is chosen during commissioning. All components of a powertrain can be monitored via one portal; either individually or as part of the complete powertrain.

ABB says that it is ideal for applications in hazardous areas and harsh environments and the sensor’s enclosure is designed to withstand high vibration.

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