Sensors & Vision
ABB launches smart sensor to assess condition of Dodge-mounted bearings
January 21, 2019 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
January 21, 2019 – ABB has launched the ABB Ability Smart Sensor for Dodge-mounted bearings, part of the ABB Ability Digital Powertrain that enables “health checks” for bearings.
The smart sensor technology provides an early indicator of any potential problems by assessing the condition of bearings from vibration and temperature information. The company says this helps to prevent downtime on applications such as bulk material handling conveyors typically found in the mining, aggregate and cement industries, as well as applications in the food and beverage and air handling sectors.
ABB Ability Smart Sensor for mounted bearings uses algorithms to assess, manage and ensure performance of components. Eighty per cent of bearing failures are lubrication-related and a bearing “running hot” can indicate that proper lubrication procedures are not in place. Monitoring a bearing’s vibration can indicate potential system problems.
The smart sensor mounts to the bearing and communicates wirelessly via a smartphone or other device. This capability keeps employees safe, enabling easy access to the health data of bearings in locations that may be difficult or dangerous to reach.