Monitoring and regulating temperature is critical in many applications and in a diverse range of industries. For many applications, such as ensuring product quality and food safety, specific temperature ranges must be maintained. Temperature data can also be indicative of equipment health and performance. The applications are nearly endless. Location, distance, environmental conditions and temperature fluctuations ranging from slight to profound can complicate deployment, performance, and accuracy. Banner solutions for monitoring and regulating temperature are capable of detecting even slight fluctuations in temperature and can be used with our wireless products to provide temperature data from areas where wired connections are not practical or cost-effective.
Recently, an Australian port operator worked with Banner Engineering to find a solution that monitors electric motors and gearboxes throughout the entire port facility. These motors and gearboxes are found on the boom and hoist of their Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes that are used throughout the facility. The company needed a way to monitor vibration and temperature levels so that the components could be serviced before they failed completely, causing excessive downtime and repair costs.
Coal conveyors are very sizeable with numerous rotating parts and move high quantities of coal onto ships for transport. Any delays or breakdowns along the line could potentially cause thousands of dollars lost because of the extensive cost to repair in addition to the expense of keeping a ship waiting at port during unintended downtime.
Before Banner recommended the T-GAGE, the Michigan OEM was considering using infrared imaging technology. Infrared testing is complex, costly and requires end users to learn proprietary software and have PCs readily available. With the cost effective, self-contained and easy-to-use T-GAGE, the OEM was able to assign one temperature sensor per defrost wire for a comprehensive test fixture and procedure, enabling the supplier to produce a more reliable product.
The EPA has placed restrictions on the use of many fumigants citing a correlation between their use and ozone depletion. As an alternative, a large-scale flour mill performs three to four thermal remediations per year to eradicate flour beetles. The temperature inside the mill is brought up to 122° F (50° C). This is done gradually to minimize equipment and building strain caused by heat expansion.
To allow for quicker, more frequent, and more efficient scanning of target valve population tailpipe temperatures, a series of FlexPower Thermocouple Nodes and FlexPower Battery Supply Modules are installed. Temperature measurements of the valves and pipes are measured and wirelessly transmitted to a DXM100 Wireless Controller mounted in a central location. The DXM100 gathers the data and transfers the data to a SCADA system that monitors and graphically displays the temperature data.
Soil moisture and air temperature sensing ranges are typically under a mile, but the Site Survey tested the signal out to two miles. With the MultiHop Radio and its antenna installed very low to the ground, the Master Radio was installed with a large omnidirectional antenna to maximize the communication range.
A SureCross FlexPower™ Node with internal battery directly connected to a temperature and humidity sensor can provide these measurements without costly conduit or cabling, eliminating the need to manually collect data from multiple sensor locations. IP67 electronics and a variety of filter options make this product suited for the wide temperature and humidity ranges encountered in a greenhouse.
A resistance temperature detector senses the temperature of a walk-in cooler and sends the data to a SureCross FlexPower Node. The Node in turn sends that data to a Gateway, which issues an alarm to management if the temperature exceeds acceptable limits. The DX80 FlexPower Nodes have a IP67 rating for rugged environments and work well in the cold.
Manual data collection is eliminated using a SureCross FlexPower™ Node equipped with two thermocouples to automatically monitor the temperature at two depths within a compost windrow or stack.
Taking measurements on rotating equipment, such as a kiln or rotary table, usually requires a complex and expensive system of cabling. Even taking precautions and using specialized equipment doesn’t eliminate cable tangles and breaks. The SureCross Wireless Network eliminates complexities associated with data acquisition from rotating and moving machinery such as a rotating kiln.