Low coherent fiber optics interferometer for shaft unbalance monitoring

Reference number
Coordinator RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Kista
Funding from Vinnova SEK 3 000 000
Project duration August 2019 - August 2021
Status Ongoing
Venture Strategic innovation programme for process industrial IT and automation – PiiA
Call Digitization of industrial value chains

Purpose and goal

By the end of the project, it is expected the developed optical fiber proximity sensor to be successfully evaluated on field at a SKF end user costumer facilities and also to be at a maturity level high enough to be considered for small scale production by Optronic. The current TRL of the system is 4 and the aim is to achieve at least a TRL 6 by the end of the project.

Expected results and effects

Considering successful results, SKF would be the product owner and the main contact for its customers. Optronic would be the product developer and seller. It is expected to commercialize a couple of hundreds of units in the first 2 years after the end of the project and a long-term plan projects the production and commercialization of up to 10000 units after 10 years. This monitoring solution would increase production efficiency, use of raw materials and less energy consumption. Also, the production of this sensor will open a new business area, resulting on more job opportunities.

Planned approach and implementation

The 2 years project will be divided into 7 WPs. Firstly, hardware and software specifications will be defined, as much as optical fiber cable design. Then, the first prototype will be assembled and tested on field. The feedback from the field trials will be used to improve the prototype and other field trials will be done until the prototype performs on field within the end-user requirements. After, a commercialisation and production plan will be done, addressing production costs, potential customers and expectations of produced and sold units number at short, mid and long term.

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