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Making motors intelligent

By Gerald Ondrey |

At the Hannover trade fair (April 24–29; Hannover, Germany), ABB (Zurich, Switzerland; www.abb.com) introduced a new sensing solution for monitoring low-voltage motors. Smart sensors attached directly to the motor supply information regarding operating and condition parameters via wireless transmission. The innovative sensor technology offers plant operators not only huge potential savings on maintenance and repair, but will also make it easy to utilize the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP) for millions of motors, says ABB. IoTSP is ABB’s concept for enabling its users to take advantage of the opportunities of digitalization. With the new solution, small and mid-sized companies can also benefit from the advantages offered by the IoTSP. The smart sensor provides information on operating and condition parameters, such as vibration, temperature or overload, and calculates power consumption. The data are analyzed by a software program, and provided to the plant operator in the form of graphics for maintenance planning, thereby enabling downtime reductions of up to 70%, says ABB. At the same time, the lifetime of the motors can be extended by up to 30% and energy consumption reduced by as much as 10%, so that the investment…
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