Predictive maintenance is vital to keep equipment running at its peak at all times. In a variety of industries, using wireless sensors for motor condition monitoring helps minimize unplanned shutdowns and reduces the cost of maintenance.
Motors are the workhorses of manufacturing facilities, powering conveyors, pumps, blowers, fans, compressors, and more. Even one failed motor can impact an entire production line, with the possibility of huge losses in time and money. When a line goes down, workers sit idle and production deadlines get missed. It can also mean major expenses if an entire motor has to be replaced instead of just one part. This is where predictive maintenance and motor condition monitoring comes in.
Motor Condition Monitoring and Industry 4.0
Manufacturers have begun to use industrial sensor systems to monitor their equipment. A network of sensors can monitor a motor’s actual conditions, establishing a baseline and then establishing parameters that may indicate a problem. Maintenance can then be scheduled for downtime, and before it becomes a bigger headache.
Often, however, these systems are expensive and complicated to install. Retrofitting wired sensors onto existing equipment can mean extra work and hassle to get them up and running, and it may not be possible to integrate them with existing PLC software. In addition, it’s unweildy for all three types of sensors (temperature, vibration, amps) to be installed on one motor.
How Does Motor Condition Monitoring Work?
Motors actually just don’t quit without warning. In most cases, there are indicators week or months before a motor fails – the trick is to monitor and detect them early enough.
There are three main indicators of impending motor failure:
- Temperature – the motor will “run hotter” than […]