Fitness Tracker for Electric Motors

April 2, 2020

Fitness trackers for people are a genuine success story: more than 40 million are already in use worldwide, helping individuals to stay healthy and improve their fitness. Monitoring and saving vital data like heartrate and blood pressure, the device tracks not only current fitness but also follows an individual’s fitness development over time. Thanks to ABB the principles of a fitness tracker now go beyond people and are being applied to electric motors of any age from many different manufacturers.

Similar to how a fitness tracker works with people, the ABB Ability Smart Sensor provides  more accurate details on the condition and behavior of an electric motor in a working environment.

To gain a better understanding of how these smart devices operate, we visited ABB’s semiconductor factory in Lenzburg, Switzerland. Crucial to the smooth operation of the factory are the ventilation system’s motors, which have to function flawlessly 24/7 because even the tiniest trace of dust in the air could interfere with production.

Data about the motor’s vibration, temperature, magnetic fields and many other parameters are being captured and analyzed by the ABB Ability Smart Sensor, presented with an App in an easy-to-understand format. This vital information ensures that early maintenance work can be coordinated in timely way, enabling ongoing improvements in the motors’ performance. Have a look how it works and what the professionals have to say about it in the video below.

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