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ABB smart service motors

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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 utilise 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 digitalisation. 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 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%. At the same time, the lifetime of the motors can extended by up to 30% and energy consumption reduced by as much as 10%, 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. "Optimised 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 unauthorised 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 analysed using special algorithms. The cloud-based server implementation fulfils 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.

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 analyse their data more intelligently and thus to optimise operational management while increasing productivity and flexibility.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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