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Smart sensing solution can reduce downtimes of low-voltage motors by up to 70 per cent

April 20, 2016 | By MRO Staff

abb_smart-sensorZurich – Until now, the monitoring and preventive maintenance of low-voltage motors has been time-consuming and expensive. New technology from ABB transforms simple motors into intelligent machines that tell you when they need servicing. 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 henceforth also make it easy to utilize the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP)* for millions of motors. The IoTSP is ABB’s concept for enabling its customers 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 specially developed software program and provided to the plant operator in the form of graphics for maintenance planning, thereby enabling downtime reductions of up to 70 percent. At the same time, the lifetime of the motors can extended by up to 30 percent and energy consumption reduced by as much as 10 percent, so that the investment in this innovative form of condition monitoring pays for itself in less than a year.

“This innovative solution makes condition monitoring the new standard for low-voltage motors,” says Pekka Tiitinen, President of the ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division. “Optimized maintenance schedules help reduce maintenance costs greatly. Unscheduled outages are reduced considerably or even eliminated completely. Increased availability significantly boosts our customers’ productivity.”


This innovative solution is not restricted to new motors made by ABB. The sensors can be installed at the factory or retrofitted on already operating low-voltage motors within minutes.

Cyber security is guaranteed at all times with the new sensor technology from ABB. The sensor is not electrically connected to the motor, so unauthorized parties cannot access the motor via this route. The smart sensors wirelessly transmit the data via encryption protocols to a secure server where they are analyzed using special algorithms. The cloud-based server implementation fulfills all of ABB’s strict specifications for cyber security. The data are stored in the cloud in encrypted form. The Internet-based customer portal also uses a role-based access protocol to make the data securely accessible.

*Internet of Things, Services and People
For over a decade, ABB has been enhancing its control systems, communication solutions, sensors and software to make them compatible with the Internet of Things, Services and People. These technologies enable customers in the industrial, utility and infrastructure sectors to analyze their data more intelligently and thus to optimize operational management while increasing productivity and flexibility. The product introduced in this press release once again expands the range offered by ABB in this field.

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