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SKF launches new condition monitoring sensor suitable for hazardous environments

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    2014 May 26, 13:00 CEST

    New SKF Wireless Machine Condition Sensor provides condition monitoring for large plants, or in hazardous and hard to reach locations.

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 26 May, 2014: SKF today launches the SKF Wireless Machine Condition Sensor, which uses the WirelessHart communication protocol and provides dynamic vibration and temperature data for condition monitoring and machinery diagnostic applications. The product has ATEX Zone 0 certification, which means that it can also be used in hazardous environments, for example those found in petrochemical, oil and gas, or pharmaceutical plants. The SKF Wireless Machine Condition Sensor combines both sensor and router node into one compact and battery-operated unit the size of a typical industrial accelerometer.

    SKF Wireless Machine Condition Sensors communicate with each other, and with a wireless gateway, creating a mesh network. This type of network and communication protocol is ideal for monitoring rotating machinery throughout large plants, in hard to reach locations, or in areas where traditional WiFi communications will not work.

    “The new SKF Wireless Machine Condition Sensor offers monitoring capabilities that may be impossible with wired systems or hand-held devices. This can ultimately lead to reduced condition monitoring costs as well as to a safer approach to machine monitoring,” says Jan Hendrik van der Linden, Product Line Manager, SKF. 

    With the new product, users can benefit from an improved maintenance program, reduced maintenance costs, reduced installation costs, enhanced employee and machine safety, and compatibility with the established SKF @ptitude Analyst software suite.

    The SKF Wireless Machine Condition Sensor operates in a low power consumption mode, allowing the battery to last for years in the field.  Communication capabilities include relaying data from one node to another, relaying data back to the gateway, and receiving automated commands from the Wireless Sensor Device Manager software that initiate the measurement and processing circuits to take data and transmit it back over the network. If a node is unable to receive signals directly from the WirelessHART gateway, it will instead send and receive its data through a nearby node that can pass the data to and from the gateway – ultimately creating the mesh network.

    Once data is collected, the WirelessHART gateway communicates with the Wireless Sensor Device Manager software supplied by SKF.  Device Manager then automatically exports the data into SKF @ptitude Analyst, a comprehensive diagnostic and analytic software package, where a plant engineer can analyze the data and determine a course of action.

    Aktiebolaget SKF

    For further information, please contact:
    Press Relations: Nia Kihlström, +46 31-337 2897; +46 706 67 28 97;

    SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2013 were SEK 63,597 million and the number of employees was 48,401.

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