Nordic Sugar Condition Monitoring

Nordic Sugar Condition Monitoring

Able condition monitoring installed at sugar factory


Shortly after Nordic Sugar of Denmark discovered Nomo’s solution Able for condition monitoring, the service is in place and a pilot project is up and running. For the Head of Technical Maintenance at Nordic Sugar, this is just the beginning: “The key is to try new things. If we always do things the same way, how are we ever going to get a better result?”


There are already complete systems on the market, but now I get more accurate measurements and the results are reported in real time, in a nice clear interface on my smartphone. “I was sold on the idea straight away” says the Head of Technical Maintenance at Nordic Sugar.


The service entails sensors being placed on the gearboxes in the sugar factory, to register the vibrations from each of the box’s bearings. The readings are compared to normal values for the specific bearing, and the smallest deviation is detected immediately. With the facts in his hands, literally, he can then assess whether the problem is urgent or can be fixed later. This information means that the constant maintenance on the plant’s machinery can be planned more effectively, both in terms of time and costs. But the most important benefit is the ability to avoid unforeseen breakdowns, in a plant where every minute of down time means a loss of profit.


Smart solutions enable innovative service offerings and more efficient production


The project manager is the Regional Sales Manager at Nomo in Denmark. He can see that the new service is arousing curiosity and is convinced that more customers will follow in Nordic Sugar’s footsteps, as they see how easy it is to have full control of the bearings and thereby raise operational reliability. “The Head of Technical Maintenance at Nordic Sugar is so dedicated! It’s great to see such a positive response as we change direction and create services linked to our products. Our goal is to make the customer better and more efficient using our knowledge and our solutions. The customer is king, it’s as simple as that,” says Nomo's salesman.


By working closely alongside the customer, Nomo recognised the need for a solution like this – their customers were disappointed in existing solutions, which often delivered results after it was too late, and also at a far higher cost. “We can see that status control is something that will develop further, and the group would like to see us giving this a lot more thought. Moving forward we will be able to connect our business system and deliver the right product even before the customer realises a change is needed. This is where the technology is leading us,” says the Head of Sales and Marketing at Nomo Group.


“The project at Nordic Sugar is just the start of what technology can add to our traditional products,” predicts the salesman at Nomo in Denmark.

Sugar beets can only be harvested four months of the year, which puts pressure on production at Nordic Sugar in Denmark. Sensors monitoring crucial ball bearings ease the stress on both machinery and staff.

Good vibrations? With full insight into the machines’ bearings, Nomo can help customers to avoid breakdowns and keep production up and running, round the clock.


Photo by Johanna Hanno.

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