Load sensing by light

Load sensing by light

April 8, 2019


Automation Motion Control

SKF’s new sensing technology offers engineers new insights into machine performance. SKF Fiber Optic Sensing uses optical fibers 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, temperature, and more. This opens new opportunities for closed-loop control of processes. It also allows engineers to proactively prevent problems early. This can be unfavorable running conditions, misalignment, or wear, before they lead to costly shutdowns.

SKF Fiber Optic Sensing offers many advantages that makes it right for real industrial conditions. The technology uses light rather than electricity, which enables safe measurements in hazardous environments. The absence of electronics means the sensors are safe in electromagnetic fields. The fibers transmit light without disturbances at long distance (kilometers), which enables remote monitoring where wireless technology cannot be used.