SKF releases new wireless sensor solution 01 December 2023

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SKF has launched a wireless sensor solution that enables automated machine monitoring in hazardous areas.

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 SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1-EX sensor solution is part of the SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1 wireless eco-system and is 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.

Fredrik Larsson, condition monitoring technologies manager at SKF, said: “The IMx-1 wireless solution, in combination with our analytical software, provides state-of-the-art information and insight into the health of rotating assets, now also in hazardous areas, and further expands SKF’s plantwide condition monitoring eco-system.”

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.

Key benefits of the solution include:

  • one wireless condition monitoring eco-system covering both safe and hazardous areas
  • eliminating the need for costly walk-around programmes in hazardous areas, which improves safety for workers and overcomes environmental, health and safety concerns
  • enabling data collection from inaccessible locations
  • increasing the frequency of data collection for more critical assets.

  • The sensor uses 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.

    According to SKF, 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.

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