SKF introduce new wireless machine condition sensor
Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 15:40
Compact device provides safe, efficient and economical method of monitoring plant equipment
SKF have unveiled their innovative wireless machine condition detector, the CMWA 8800, which combines a sensor, data collector and radio into one compact, battery-operated device that measures both vibration and temperature data.
The unique system, which is approved for use in extremely hazardous areas that requires ATEX Zone 0 certification, provides an ideal ‘balance-of-plant monitor’, wirelessly transmitting both static and dynamic data to SKF’s @ptitude Monitoring Suite software.
It uses a WirelessHART communication protocol, offering a simple, reliable and secure means of expanding condition-based maintenance into plant areas where the cost to install wired systems is prohibitive, making data available to existing process control and information systems. To overcome wireless communication obstacles, sensors can be configured to operate as router nodes, allowing them to relay data from other sensors.
The wireless machine condition sensor is designed for monitoring non-critical equipment, such as motors, fans and pumps, and is suitable for use in hard-to-reach locations and hazardous working environments.