ABB Smart Sensors—A Simple Step with Big Impact in Overcoming Mechanical Failure

By IBT Inc

June 29, 2020

Bearings, Power Transmission

Are you experiencing inconvenient and premature repairs to your mechanical equipment? Repairs can be frustrating. Like Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong, will, and at the worst time.” Thankfully, ABB’s Smart Sensor 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.  Failure of your mounted bearings or gear reducers can create unplanned stops, put employees at risk, and significantly reduce overall productivity which leads to a loss of revenue.

Until now, users had little insight into when their mechanical equipment was having issues. While equipment like mounted bearings usually fails 80% of the time due to insufficient lubrication, there has not previously been a tool to see when failure was imminent…until now!

ABB's new Bearing Smart SensorABB Smart Sensors – Install and activate as easy as 1, 2, 3

ABB is revolutionizing the mechanical repair process with its ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor for mechanical products. Designed for Dodge® mounted bearings and gear reducers, the ABB Smart Sensor for mechanical products makes checking the health status of your equipment as easy as 1, 2, 3. With easy-to-read data, technicians can plan maintenance on their own time and schedule.

Equipment 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. 

Installation

The Smart Sensor for mounted bearings is easy to fit and is ready to use on all Dodge® mounted bearings and gear reducers. New Dodge mounted bearings even 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. Other models can be easily retrofitted to use the Smart Sensor as well, and is still quick and easy! 

Activation

Once you have installed the Smart Sensor, and registered on the Ability portal, just hit the LED activation switch and the Smart Sensor will begin collecting temperature and vibration data. The Smart Sensor transmits your data into the digital ABB Ability portal through your smartphone or gateway. You can then access data through the web based Smart Sensor portal using your mobile phone, tablet, or PC.   

Use

Throughout its operation, the Smart Sensor device will regularly track essential health data such as temperature and vibration. Equipment health is displayed using a traffic light icon system to show users the current state of their mechanical equipment 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 ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor for mechanical products 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. 

Is your equipment talking to you? It 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, for a personalized experience. From plotting and prioritizing data, analyzing trends, and accessing event logs for each piece of equipment, the Smart Sensor is changing the game of mechanical 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 possibly dangerous way. With Smart Sensor 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, your ABB Smart Sensors will quickly earn its keep and pay for itself. 

Want to learn more about the ABB Smart Sensors?

What was once a difficult process, ABB has simplified and streamlined to a quick health check so you can get back to business sooner.  If you’re ready to see how the ABB Smart Sensors can save you time, money, and your peace of mind…then call us today at 913-428-2858 to learn more, or request a quote!

 

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