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Smart sensors unlock valuable data at carbon capture facility

06 October 2021

A new carbon capture plant in the UK, the largest of its kind, has chosen smart sensor technology from ABB to provide remote condition monitoring on critical motors, thereby reducing the number of man-hours required on site.

Tata Chemicals Europe’s Winnington site has installed 11 high-performance smart sensors from ABB which will enable it to identify trends in the performance and condition of a series of motors across the facility. Using the data, which is collected autonomously by the sensors, the plant can identify faults, reduce unplanned stoppages, minimise the duration of any outages, and plan maintenance tasks in advance of them becoming critical to the ongoing operation of the site.
Matthew Shepherd, Technical Manager for Tata Chemicals Europe in the UK, says: “The Smart Sensors enable remote condition monitoring of our motor-driven processes, enabling us to greatly reduce the number of manned hours on site. The data provides an ongoing trend view of vibration, temperature and bearing condition, and a host of other operational parameters, so we can react before problems arise.”

Read the full article in DPA's October issue

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