SWEDEN – SKF has expanded its portfolio of Condition Monitoring solutions with the SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1-EX sensor solution that enables automated machine monitoring in hazardous areas.  

According to SKF, wireless monitoring of assets 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 Swedish bearing and seal manufacturing company said.  

The new sensor is part of the well-established 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. 

 It has the same form, fit and function as the safe-area rated SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1 and works in tandem with the SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1-EX gateway, which is certified for use in Zone 2.  

Fredrik Larsson, Condition Monitoring Technologies manager at SKF, said: “The IMx-1 wireless solution, in combination with our analytical software, provides state-of-the-art information and insight into the health of rotating assets, now also in hazardous areas, and further expands SKF’s plantwide condition monitoring eco-system.” 

A standout feature of the new sensor is a single wireless condition monitoring eco-system covering both safe and hazardous areas. 

SKF says that this feature removes the need for costly walk-around programmes in hazardous areas, which improve safety for workers and overcomes environmental, health and safety (EHS) concerns. 

It also enables data collection from inaccessible locations and increases the frequency of data collection for more critical assets.