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SKF Launches New Wireless Sensor to Automate Machine Monitoring

SKF IMx-1-EX sensor
Written by Kirsten Campbell

SKF has expanded its portfolio of condition monitoring solutions with the SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1-EX sensor solution. Wireless monitoring, especially in remote areas, helps predict machine failure before it can escalate into a serious problem, such as an unscheduled shutdown. This can deliver multiple benefits, 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 ecosystem 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 Enlight Collect IMx-1-EX gateway, which is certified for use in Zone 2.

The new solution has the same form, fit and function as the safe-area rated SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1. All devices have full compatibility, allowing customers to build a network of monitored assets across hazardous and safe areas.

Key benefits of the solution include:

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

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


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SKF Launches New Wireless Sensor to Automate Machine Monitoring

by Kirsten Campbell time to read: 1 min