Wireless Sensor Solution for Automated Machine Monitoring

Condition monitoring of assets in hazardous areas

  • Wireless Sensor Solution for Automated Machine Monitoring
    Wireless Sensor Solution for Automated Machine Monitoring

SKF has expanded its portfolio of Condition Monitoring solutions with the SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1-EX sensor solution. Wireless monitoring of assets helps predict machine failure before it can escalate into a serious problem, such as an unscheduled shutdown. This can deliver multiple benefits, including reduced costs and a more sustainable operation of equipment. The new sensor is part of the well-established SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1 wireless ecosystem and certified according to ATEX and IECEx standards for use in Zone 1 and Zone 2 classified hazardous areas. The sensor works in tandem with the SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1-EX gateway, which is certified for use in Zone 2.

Mesh network for improved communication

The IMx-1 wireless solution, in combination with the SKF analytical software, provides state-of-the-art information and insight into the health of rotating assets in hazardous areas, and further expands SKF’s plantwide condition monitoring ecosystem. The new solution has the same form, fit and function as the safe-area rated SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1. All devices have full compatibility, allowing customers to build a network of monitored assets across hazardous and safe areas.
With the solution the frequency of visits in hazardous areas is reduced, which improves safety for workers and overcomes environmental, health and safety (EHS) concerns. It enables data collection from inaccessible locations and increases the frequency of data collection for more critical assets. The sensor uses innovative measurement capabilities to provide advanced insights into asset health, including early detection of bearing damage. Like other IMx-1 sensors, they create a ‘mesh network’, enabling them to relay data between one another. This allows data to be routed around obstacles such as pipework – which can block signals for conventional line-of-sight systems. This facility means that data can be sent over greater distances than would otherwise be possible.