By Design Engineering staffAutomation Motion Control Machine Building
ABB's Ability Smart Sensor monitors condition of low voltage motors.
ABB introduced its Ability Smart Sensor for motors that records data from low voltage motors (ABB and non-ABB) and provides information about their health and performance via a smartphone or a dedicated web portal. According to the company, predictive analytics based on that data can reduce downtime by up to 70 percent, extend motor lifetime by as much as 30 percent and cut energy consumption by up to 10 percent.
Initial release sensors will be CE certified and compatible with safe-area induction motors for direct on-line S1 duty, ABB IEC sizes 160-450 and ABB NEMA sizes 140-449. Initial monitoring functionality will cover bearing health, vibration, surface temperature, speed, supply frequency and number of starts. Later releases will expand the range of functionality, with energy consumption monitoring expected during Q3 2017. ABB says the sensors will be available in Europe in April followed by the US soon thereafter with UL/CSA certifications.