In the last few years, fitness tracking technology has been increasingly popular, with a range of devices available to help you become healthier, improve your fitness performance and ultimately live longer.

Now, even industrial equipment can have fitness-tracking capability through smart sensors that can monitor the condition of a Low Voltage (LV) motor, which ABB recently announced, comprising two parts: the sensor and the software.

The sensor, which can be applied directly to the motor, collects data on the motor’s parameters including; vibration, temperature, magnetic fields and power consumption. This information is sent to a server and analysed. This means an electric motor can report wirelessly on its own condition.

The encrypted data from the sensors is transmitted wirelessly to a secure cloud based server. It is analysed and graphically presented through an internet based customer portal.

The condition of all motors in the system can be monitored at any time, with alerts if a problem or sub-optimal performance is detected. This information can then be used to plan maintenance, with the aim to reduce downtime.

The smart sensor can be easily attached to new motors or can be retrofitted to almost any LV motor. The technology has the potential to improve energy efficiency in any industrial automation system.

>>Read more by Sam Francis, Robotics & Automation News, October 19, 2016

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