What can wireless sensors monitor?
Wireless sensors can tell you a lot about the condition of your machinery. Oftentimes, this depends on your business and the unique applications of your wireless sensors. In other words, what are you trying to measure?
In this blog, we explore the different elements and measurements that wireless sensors can detect. Additionally, we will provide some practical applications for these measurements in the naval/marine sector, as this is an area Icon Research specialise in.
Vibration monitoring is key for marine ships, as it allows you to troubleshoot problems associated with wear and tear as well as structural issues. This can help prevent widescale malfunctions but more commonly, can save you millions in machine downtime costs. Furthermore, it provides you with access to all the right data, even when you are out at sea for prolonged periods of time.
Modern marine engines incorporate high-quality bearings with high load carrying capacity. However, when they break down, it can cause serious problems, like damaging the engine bedplate. This problem is further complicated by the fact that the cost of each bearing usually depends on its position and type.
While you can sometimes see this due to signs of scuffing or abrasive wear, it is best to employ a condition monitoring system that can monitor your bearings while they are running. This makes it much easier for the ship engineers to make confident decisions and monitor the condition of the ship’s most important components. It alarms them before any damaging steel to steel contact takes place and allows data to be accessed whenever possible.
Temperature monitoring is vital, especially in marine and naval applications. The complex and remote nature of industrial and commercial shipping often mean that a stable temperature is imperative to the security of both the equipment and the crew.
Sensors for each application
We think that the hallmark of any good monitoring system is keeping the application as wide as you can, without making the system too general in its scope. That’s why we have different versions of our products – each with their own speciality, features, and functions:
WiVib‐11: temperature only
WiVib‐12: speed measurement
WiVib‐21: overall vibration and temperature
WiVib‐31: high resolution spectrum, bearing condition, overalls and temperature
The systems can be configured to your unique needs, which makes it functional and relevant to your machinery and your monitoring processes. If you require more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.