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Motors that let you know when it’s time for a service

New technology from ABB turns motors into intelligent machines that tell you when they need servicing, according to the company. This is achieved with smart sensors, which are attached directly to the motor supply information regarding operating and condition parameters. The sensors provide information on parameters such as vibration, temperature or overload, as well as calculating power consumption.

The data is analysed 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 per cent. Furthermore, the lifetime of the motors can be extended by up to 30 per cent and energy consumption reduced by as much as 10 per cent.

This solution is not limited to new motors made by ABB. The sensors can be quickly and easily installed at the factory or retrofitted on already operating low-voltage motors.

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