Lost time never comes back, making it very costly. To avoid surprises, ABB Ability™ Condition Monitoring lets you see problems in motors, drives, bearings and pumps long before they cause an expensive breakdown. Even before the #NewNormal situation developed, ABB had been offering ways to monitor real-time health and performance of industrial powertrains from a distance. Now there are more reasons than ever for you to adopt them.
ABB Ability™ Condition Monitoring for motors and drives lets you analyze real-time KPI data about a powertrain’s reliability, usage patterns, vibrations, temperature, power consumption, stress levels and other parameters. These are immediately updated and accessible for any time period you define, letting you monitor them using either the ABB Ability™ Powertrain portal or your own monitoring system via a cloud interface.
This remote analysis can be used in a wide variety of situations, and if serious problems occur ABB experts can remotely look at essential motor and drive data to run fast diagnostics. In many cases, travel to the site for problem identification and resolution is not necessary – even when ABB’s expert assistance is needed. Now issues can be rapidly diagnosed and guidance to fix them even remotely, saving our customers time and money.
Absolut Vodka gets immediate benefits with Smart Sensors
A good example of the valuable benefits that remote condition monitoring delivers comes from Absolut Vodka, Sweden’s iconic spirits producer. After researching various ways to benefit from condition-based maintenance, the technical team at Absolut decided to install what they considered the most cost-effective and easy-to-use solution: ABB AbilityTM Smart Sensors.
The Smart Sensors, which are each about the size of a smartphone, were installed on several motors in the ‘mash preparation’ process – a continuous function that is critical to the overall distillery operations. Immediately after the sensors were fitted on the motor housings, an abnormal vibration curve was detected on an agitator motor. This indicated a possible bearing failure, which was confirmed by further analysis. By detecting the defective bearing before it failed, Absolut could fix the problem during a planned shutdown and avoid the lost productivity and costs caused by unexpected downtime.
Remarkably, around the same time, the sensors uncovered a second possible problem – large vibrations in a major pump feeding the mash line. At first, engineers thought it might also be a bearing issue. But it turned out to be a valve that had shifted accidentally, resulting in pump cavitation and vibration. This problem was then easily repaired.
Absolut’s Automation Engineer, Tony Knutsson is clearly pleased with the Smart Sensors and the benefits: “The sensors gave us an easy way to gain a deeper insight into our mash preparation, with the possibility to find even small issues and fix them – before they became major problems. By getting deeper understanding of the condition of our equipment, we now can better plan maintenance activities and align our tasks with planned production stops.”
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* Remote commissioning of motors and drives is possible in many situations. If interested, check with your ABB representative to see if it can work for you.