How Electric Motors Are Getting ‘Wearables’ to Monitor Their Health

Like a wearable on a user’s wrist that can monitor heart rate and calories burned, electric motor company ABB has developed a Bluetooth-linked sensor that can be mounted on any of its electric motors to tell users how the machines are working and if problems are cropping up.

The ABB smart sensor system aims to help a wide swath of industries, including manufacturing plants, water and electric facilities, steel mills, plastics plants and more, to improve the uptime on their operations by learning about equipment problems and fixing them before disruptive repairs are needed.

ABB Motor Sensor

ABB Motor Sensor

>Read more by Todd R. Weiss, eWeek, 2016-04-23