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New wireless sensor solution from SKF enables automated machine monitoring in hazardous areas

New wireless sensor solution from SKF enables automated machine monitoring in hazardous areas

Gothenburg, Sweden, 21 November 2023: 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 intoa serious problem, such as an unscheduled shutdown. This can deliver multiplebenefits, 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 eco-system 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 EnlightCollect IMx-1-EX gateway, which is certified for use in Zone 2.

“The IMx-1 wireless solution, in combination with our analytical software, providesstate-of-the-art information and insight into the health of rotating assets, now also inhazardous areas, and further expands SKF’s plantwide condition monitoring eco-system,” says Fredrik Larsson, Condition Monitoring Technologies manager at SKF.

The new solution has the same form, fit and function as the safe-area rated SKFEnlight Collect IMx-1. All devices have full compatibility, allowing customers to builda network of monitored assets across hazardous and safe areas.Key benefits of the solution include:

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

The sensor uses innovative measurement capabilities to provide advanced insightsinto asset health, including early detection of bearing damage. Like other IMx-1sensors, they create a ‘mesh network’, enabling them to relay data between oneanother. This allows data to be routed around obstacles such as pipework – whichcan block signals for conventional line-of-sight systems. This facility means that datacan be sent over greater distances than would otherwise be possible.

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