Bearing Smart Sensor—A Simple Step with Big Impact in Overcoming Bearing Failure

By Nicole Bland

September 24, 2019

Bearings

Are you experiencing inconvenient and premature repairs to your mounted bearings? Repairs can be frustrating. Like Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong, will, and at the worst time.” Thankfully, ABB is paving the way for a new, simpler future.

Issues like increased temperatures or vibration can cause more significant problems that leave employees to deal with repairs on the fly. Additionally, failure of your mounted bearings can create unplanned stops, put employees at risk and significantly reduce overall productivity, ultimately leading to a loss of revenue.

Until now, users have not had very much insight into when their mounted bearings were having issues. While mounted bearing failure occurs 80% of the time due to insufficient lubrication, there has not previously been a tool to see when failure was imminent. Luckily, ABB has created a tool to do just that.

ABB's new Bearing Smart SensorInstall and activate as easy as 1, 2, 3

ABB is revolutionizing the mounted bearing repair process with their ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor for mounted bearings. With this new Smart Sensor, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to check the health and status of your bearings. With easy-to-read data, technicians can plan for their bearing maintenance on their own time and schedule. 

Bearing failure can occur due to a variety of reasons, such as insufficient lubrication, contamination or even misalignment. No matter what the circumstance is, ABB’s Ability Smart Sensor has you covered. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and easy to install—the ABB Smart Sensor is making a sizable impact. 

  1. Installation – The Smart Sensor for mounted bearings is easy to fit and is ready to use on all Dodge mounted bearings. New Dodge mounted bearings have a pre-tapped thread for the installation of the sensor. Just remove the plug and thread the sensor in its place. For existing Dodge bearings, the sensor can be installed right into the grease nipple opening using an adapter, while still maintaining functionality.
  2. Activation – Once you have installed the Smart Sensor, just hit the LED activation switch and the Smart Sensor will begin connecting to ABB’s Ability digital portal. The Smart Sensor’s serial number will be transmitted into the portal, and health data from the sensor will start transferring to your smartphone, tablet, or PC. 
  3. Use – Throughout its operation, the Smart Sensor device will regularly track essential health data such as temperature, vibration, and more. Bearing health is displayed using a traffic light icon system to show users the current state of their mounted bearings quickly. This health data is transmitted securely, and with encryption, during transmission to the cloud-based server, which is compliant with ABB’s cybersecurity guidelines. 

The Smart Sensor is free of wiring and requires no special tools. It also has an onboard memory data for 30 days of storage that loads with ease into the complimentary ABB Ability portal for simple and straightforward use. With this tool, you have an instant health check of your mounted bearings, right in the palm of your hand. 

Are your bearings talking to you? They should!

ABB’s Ability Smart Sensor for mounted bearings allows your bearings to talk to directly to you. The Smart Sensor wirelessly communicates via Bluetooth with no special tools or software, allowing for constant communication. 

Once activated, the ABB Ability portal allows you to easily access the data streaming directly from your Smart Sensors. The data is laid out in a simple, graphical interface that is easy to understand. Bearing health is displayed using a traffic light system and when conditions change push notifications allow you to be the first to know. 

Users can customize their data preferences and notifications as well. From plotting and prioritizing data, analyzing trends and accessing event logs for each bearing, the Smart Sensor is changing the game of bearing repairs and health checks. 

ABB also understands the importance of protecting your data. All of your data is just that, yours. Your data will never be accessible by anyone outside of your company unless you explicitly authorize their access. ABB follows strict cybersecurity standards and has your interests in mind. 

With the Smart Sensor, users no longer need to check bearings in a reactive and dangerous way. With preemptive health warnings, technicians can strategically schedule repairs on their time before there is a significant issue. With reduced downtime and revenue loss, increased safety and new levels of insight and data, the ABB Smart Sensor for mounted bearings will quickly earn its keep and pay for itself. 

Want to learn more about the ABB Smart Sensor for Mounted Bearings?

What was once a difficult process, ABB has simplified and streamlined to a quick health check so you can get back to business sooner. Contact your local IBT branch today or give our product specialists a call at 913-677-3151 to learn more about the ABB Ability Smart Sensor for mounted bearings and how it can save you time, money and your peace of mind.