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Implementation and Deployment of an Intelligent Industrial Wireless System for Induction Motor Monitoring

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Marcéu Oliveira Adissi

Professor, Federal Institute of Paraíba, Cabedelo Centro, Paraíba, Brazil

Abel Cavalcante Lima Filho

Professor, Federal University of Paraíba, Department of Mechanical Engineering, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

Ruan Delgado Gomes

Professor, Federal Institute of Paraíba, Informatics Coordination, Guarabira, Paraíba, Brazil

Diógenes Montenegro Gomes de Brito Silva

Electronics Technician, Federal University of Paraíba, Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

Francisco Antonio Belo

Professor, Federal University of Paraíba, Department of Electrical Engineering, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4037167 History: Received July 18, 2016; Revised June 21, 2017


Three-phase induction motors are present in most industrial processes, accounting for more than 60\% of the energy consumption in industry. Despite their importance in the productive sector, few motors are properly monitored, mainly due to the high cost of the monitoring equipment and the invasiveness in their installation. This paper presents the implementation, and deployment of an industrial Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) to monitor three-phase induction motors. Embedded systems were developed to acquire signals of current and voltage from sensors installed in the motors' terminals, perform local processing to estimate torque and efficiency, and transmit the information through the WSN. The method used to estimate the variables is based on the air-gap torque method. Before the deployment in the industry, experiments were performed to validate the system in laboratory. Finally, the system was employed in a real industrial environment, where different analyzes and diagnosis of three motors running were performed. Using the proposed system, the efficiency versus load curves of the motors could be obtained continuously, and an energy loss analysis due to the oversizing of the motors was performed.

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