ABB Ability Smart Sensor

Helping your low-voltage motors last longer, for less

Motors work better when they’re optimised. At last, the ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor makes predictive maintenance possible. You can track and analyse LV motors to see how they perform over time. Then, if issues occur, you’ll know when to act and what to do.

This sensor can reduce downtime by 70%. Extend motor lifetimes by up to 30%. And cut energy consumption down by 10%. It’s a revolutionary force in the motor market.

ABB Ability Smart Sensor

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Monitors should be standard for LV motors

Until now, permanently installed condition monitoring was too expensive for large-scale use. Most motors just ran until they failed.

ABB have changed all of that, enabling the cost of a unit to pay for itself in less than a year. This extra affordability means you can take your LV motor demands as far as they need to go; we often supply equipment for a plant’s entire motor fleet.

It means maintenance can be planned. Costs are reduced, while big data is fed from every device into plant-wide optimisations. You’re able to spend less, stay aware, and modernise your equipment for future improvements.

How does it work?

It all starts with a compact sensor unit, which easily attaches to motors without wires. Select ranges of ABB LV motors can be factory-fitted in advance. However, we also have retrofitted kits to upgrade what you have already.

The sensors are compatible with almost every LV motor from ABB or any other vendor. At a width of 10mm, they’re also incredibly adaptable.

Mounting and configuring the sensors only takes a few minutes. Simply follow these six steps:

1) The sensor receives signals from the motor. It takes measurements like vibration and temperature at regular intervals.

2) Download the ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor app to your smartphone. Future releases will see an ABB gateway and secure cloud-based server too.

3) Information from the motor is sent via Bluetooth®. All of this data is encrypted.

4) Advanced algorithms analyse the data for a clear result.

5) These results are sent to your smartphone and dedicated ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor portal.

6) Trend analysis continues. You build a complete picture of the motor’s performance over time.

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An intuitive interface

Once you’ve downloaded the ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor app, you have a constant link to ABB sensor tech and can check their status at any time.

A ‘traffic light’ display has been added for ease of use. Every motor has a light, and every light has a colour. You’ll receive tips on how to approach maintenance and save costs.

  • RED
    critical issue – failure likely soon. Take action as soon as possible.
    operation can continue but the motor should be watched closely and serviced at the next available opportunity.
    motor fine – operation can continue.

An intelligent transformation

Not all machines are smart. But the ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor takes them up a level. Suddenly, outdated equipment becomes brand new again.

The benefits don’t stop there:

– Maintenance is planned according to real needs, rather than time or false expectations.
– The cost of motor ownership falls because you aren’t making any unnecessary payments.
– Energy consumption is limited – leading to further cost savings and enabling you to fulfil environmental commitments.

Ready for the Internet of Things

For over a decade, ABB have been advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) through their products and software. The ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor is part of that aim.

More integration leads to finer, intelligent use between data points, increasing productivity and helping your business decisions stay flexible.

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Free your time to focus elsewhere

Can humans compete? Hardly – the accuracy, consistency and operational knowledge of these sensors is far beyond traditional checks.

Get in touch today to see how the ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor can revolutionise your operations.

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