Hannover Messe 2018

Digitalisation makes the application and operation of new products smart

| Author: Stefanie Michel

The ABB Ability Smart Sensor is now available for pumps, to monitor them continuously.
The ABB Ability Smart Sensor is now available for pumps, to monitor them continuously. (Bild: 2017-frederic meyer-zuerich)

At the Hannover Messe 2018, ABB will show with numerous new products how digitalisation makes products smart, including the new ABB Ability Smart Sensor for pumps and the mass flowmeters of the “Sensy-Master“ series.

Without digitalization, product development is no longer imaginable, and one has learned to develop new business models with it. This was also shown by ABB during the press conference ahead of the Hannover Messe and Light & Building, where the new ABB Ability Smart Sensor for pumps, developed with the pump manufacturer Egger, was presented.

New business models based on the Smart Sensor

This smart sensor was first presented two years ago as a means of predictable motor monitoring. Once the sensors have been specially adapted to the requirements of pumps, data such as pump rotation speed, imbalance or cavitation can be read. This data is then transferred via a gateway to the ABB Ability Cloud, from where it can either be called up via an app or processed further. In this way, cloud-based services can be offered in future. According to Jonas Spoorendonk, responsible for the ABB Ability Smart Sensor throughout the world, ABB merely provides the hardware and the cloud services, while partners such as Egger get in touch with customers and realise their own new business models.

Mass flowmeters based on the fully-digital electronic platform

Apart from the further development of smart sensors, ABB has announced for the Hannover Messe the new thermal mass flowmeters of the “Sensy-Master“ series, due to replace the “Sensy-Flow“ series. Reinhard Poft, responsible for flow measurement technology at ABB Business Development, explains that the new equipment is based on the principle of the hot film anemometer and has a very short reaction time, a very wide measuring range and, at the same time, a simple and robust construction.

The earlier model was still analogue, whereas the digitalisation in the new digital model makes it easier to use. For instance, the built-in “Sensor Application Memory“ allows a redundant data storage, thus doing way with the need for recalibration when replacing the electronic parts. Apart from four pre-configured measurement applications, further applications can be selected.

This article was first published on maschinenmarkt.de (German version).

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