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Load sensing by light

May 2019 Sensors & Transducers

SKF’s new optical sensing technology takes monitoring to the next level, providing engineers with new insights into machine performance. SKF Fibre Optic Sensing uses optical fibres to measure forces, in real time, in difficult environments and without electronics.

The technology provides an instant overview of equipment performance, measuring parameters including load, speed and temperature. This opens up new opportunities for closed-loop control of processes. It also allows engineers to proactively prevent problems early, before they lead to costly shutdowns. These could be unfavourable running conditions, misalignment or wear.

The new SKF system offers many advantages that make it right for real industrial conditions. The technology uses light rather than electricity, which enables safe measurements in hazardous environments. The absence of electronics also means the sensors are safe from electromagnetic fields. The fibres transmit light without disturbances at long distance (kilometres), which enables remote monitoring where wireless technology cannot be used.

Victoria van Camp, SKF chief technical officer comments: “We combined our specialist industrial knowledge with digital expertise from leading partners and customers. The result is a solution that reveals parts of a machine’s performance that were previously in the shadows, using the power of light alone.”

For more information contact Samantha Joubert, SKF South Africa, +27 11 821 3500, samantha.joubert@skf.com, www.skf.com



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