Load Sensing by Light

Oct. 3, 2019
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 load, speed, temperature and more. This opens up new opportunities for closed-loop control of processes, and also allows engineers to proactively prevent problems with unfavorable running conditions, misalignment or wear, before they lead to costly shutdowns. The technology uses light rather than electricity, which makes possible 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.

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