Wireless sensor enables automated machine monitoring in hazardous areas

24 November 2023

SKF has expanded its portfolio of condition monitoring solutions with the addition of the Enlight Collect IMx-1-EX sensor solution.

Wireless monitoring of assets helps predict machine failure before it can escalate into a serious problem, such as an unscheduled shutdown. 

The new sensor is part of the SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1 wireless eco-system 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 are said to include one wireless condition monitoring eco-system covering both safe and hazardous areas; banishing the need for walk-around programmes in hazardous areas, which improves 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.

Like other IMx-1 sensors, they create a ‘mesh network’, enabling them to relay data between one another which allows data to be routed around obstacles such as pipework. This facility allows data to be sent over greater distances than would otherwise be possible.

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