The Smart Factory monitor

The Smart Factory monitor designed for engineers

Do you fall into this category? The words ‘Smart Factory’ have the ability to conjure up two thoughts: computing and complexity. For an engineer, this can seem overwhelming. There’s a difference between admiring sleek gadgets in a storefront and having to rely on them for your job. Furthermore, according to The Manufacturer’s Annual Manufacturing Report 2020, several roadblocks exist for companies trying to embrace Smart Factory technologies. These struggles include modernising legacy systems, an array of misaligned technology systems already in place, and digital transformation fatigue.

DCO Systems are meeting these challenges head-on by making Smart Factory tools that fulfil the requirements of the engineer. We provide affordable, energy harvesting sensors and software that enable industry to implement or upgrade and extend existing monitoring efforts. We’ve developed an equipment sensor that has all the BIG Smart Factory bits, yet in the language that engineers and factory managers speak. Our approach on Industry 4.0 is simple, powerful, readily available and fits into an innovative little box. We push past the barriers of techy algorithms and IoT terminology and explain why our equipment sensors are exactly what engineers have been asking for!

First requirement: Always-on and battery-free sensors

How can you tell what range, frequency band or power level you need for each sensor? This ranks as another obstacle engineers encounter in sensors- battery lingo and determining the correct choice. Our wireless, battery-free equipment sensors automatically optimise range and frequency choices. Because they are self-powering using energy harvesting technology, they are always-on, no power level to consider. Our two sensor options include internal or external and harsh environments. Furthermore, our equipment sensors and whole system monitoring solutions work alongside your existing equipment regardless of its age, size or complexity. If it seems too simple to only offer two sensor types, read on.

Second requirement: Monitor more components at one time

Misaligned systems are common and are the result of monitoring solutions having limited capabilities, therefore you go elsewhere to fulfil the information void. Furthermore, the market has dozens of options for purchasing battery-run sensors only able to measure set and limited performance metrics. Consequently, sensors that run on batteries are often restricted to the number of components that can be measured, because by doing less, the battery runs for longer.

Again, DCO’s energy harvesting sensors overcome these limitations and can be customised to significantly extend data collection. Our customisation feature makes it possible to gain all of the information you need through one sensor. Furthermore, our self-powering sensors store extra energy and allow for more frequent data reporting and coverage as opposed to the reporting intervals that a battery dictates. Plug-and-play modules also support your existing devices, integrating inputs from existing analogue and digital sensors into a common remote access and monitoring solution.

Third requirement: Install easily and anywhere

Our self-powered sensors immediately save on costs and time by avoiding the need to install a power source or hire an electrical engineer. Our sensors can be retrofitted or installed to legacy equipment, new machines, over multiple plants and in places with little infrastructure by anyone. DCO have extensively evaluated the practical needs of installers and included colour coordinated connectors, adapters and fittings for many different requirements. The ease of installation and use means that these energy harvesting sensors can be up and running immediately. Furthermore, we can bring disjoined technology systems together and gather data into one centralised, cohesive dashboard analytics system. This allows engineers to view the data on any device, at any time, share information and collaborate on addressing pinpointed problems.

DCO Systems’ sensors are designed and built by engineers to meet the requirements most needed by engineers. We know the machines you are working with and understand what can be gained from monitoring them. Stepping into the world of Smart Factory technology can be as simple as ‘What machine do you need monitored?’ To get started with DCO’s affordable monitoring tools, go to our contact page, email us at or call 01285 359059.

3 Global Business Park
14 Wilkinson Road
Cirencester GL7 1YZ
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1285 359059

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