Wireless industry sensors free from battery dependency
Replacing batteries has become a major inconvenience for industries that deploy a big amount of sensors and need reliable uninterrupted data. Some batteries run out of power earlier than others, some of them are difficult to reach. This can lead to loss of important data requiring constant monitoring that comes at a cost.
Battery failures, battery replacement and limited battery lifetime all beg the same question - Why do we need them? The significant time and cost to replace batteries is obvious, but what about the hidden problem – the impact on data gathering? How can analysis be complete when there are monitoring gaps? How can analysis be comprehensive when collection intervals are designed to suit a battery and not your needs?
Fortunately, new breakthrough solutions can solve these problems once and for all.
DCO Systems have developed an energy harvesting solution for equipment monitoring sensors with the inclusion of e-peas’ Ambient Energy Managers. This inclusion allows sensors to auto-recharge either from heat, light, vibration, and ambient electromagnetism. This kind of energy can be found everywhere, even in remote and inaccessible locations that have limited access and minimal infrastructure.
Once this solution is integrated into your sensor, there will be no need to change the battery anymore, it becomes maintenance-free. You can opt for a rechargeable battery or remove it completely by substituting it with a supercapacitor storage element. E-peas’ AEM will harvest energy and store it for when it is needed.
DCO offers two types of sensors available for machine and equipment monitoring:
- Compact version rated for internal use has an overall size of 110 x 56 x 41mm
- IP68 rated version for outside / hostile environment use has an overall size of 130 x 90 x 63mm
Both sensors collect information on:
- Power (electrical power, consumption data & power analysis)
- Temperature and humidity (contact & non-contact)
- Pressure (air, gas, steam & water)
- Sound and vibration (motors, gearboxes & mechanical assemblies)
- Vision (infrared and visible light)
- Level, volume and flow
The inclusion of the e-peas energy harvesting component means that these measurable elements are continuously monitored, non-stop.
DCO Systems are using this technology to enhance machine monitoring techniques for equipment including heat exchangers, actuators, motors, air handlers, heat recovery units, steam traps, boilers and pipework. Measurable elements provide insight into equipment performance, process efficiency, steam generation and distribution, predictive and preventative maintenance needs, and fault diagnostics and alerts. Furthermore, energy harvesting sensors are proving ideal for engineers overseeing multiple plants or off-site locations with little infrastructure or access.
- Complete information - Eliminate gaps in monitoring with more frequent data reporting and an always-on, real-time connection of your equipment and assets.
- Simplification and ease of use - With a simple plug and play installation, any employee can install the self-powered sensor to a machine, and it is ready to harness data immediately.
- Battery-free and maintenance-free - Battery-free, energy harvesting sensors do not need routine maintenance, they work non-stop without battery changes.
- Zero-waste - The simplicity of harvesting energy from the surrounding environment, something that is already there, and using it generates zero waste.
'DCO Systems (we) are building sensing solutions that are affordable, accessible and maintenance-free. The inclusion of e-peas energy harvesting ICs means that our sensors can be more active, are more easily installed and avoid battery dependency. Harvested power allows more frequent and comprehensive reporting, delivering a richer data set for engineers and site operators,' explains Andrew Doherty, DCO Systems founder and Managing Director.
How to purchase the sensor?
Wireless industry sensors for specific applications are already available with extensive customisation possible through sensing, communications, and energy harvesting options. Equally important is that the customer can easily install all sensors. Furthermore, DCO has evaluated installers' practical needs and included coordinated connectors, adapters, and fittings for many different requirements, with installation videos that lend additional support if needed. The ease of installation and use means that these energy harvesting sensors can be up and running immediately. For a personalised quote or to order DCO Systems’ energy harvesting sensors, please contacts us via our website or call +44 (0)1285 359050.
About DCO Systems
DCO Systems offer remote monitoring solutions for steam systems and motor & drive systems, and the software to understand the data collected. All sensors are powered using energy harvesting technology which means you can avoid the burden of endless battery replacements. Pioneering a synergy of mechanical engineering and IT knowledge, DCO improves monitoring techniques widely utilised today but makes them automatic, persistent and simpler. DCO’s solutions can be integrated with existing monitoring systems and are easily installed or retrofitted to equipment. Located in Cirencester, England, DCO’s sensing solutions benefit a wide range of industries from healthcare to tea processing.
e-peas develops and markets disruptive ultra-low power semiconductor technology. This enables industrial and IoT wireless product designers to substantially extend battery lifespans and eliminate the heavy call-out costs of replacing batteries, without in any way compromising on reliability. Relying on 15 years of research and patented intellectual property, the company’s products increase the amount of harvested energy and drastically reduce the energy consumption of all power consuming blocks within wireless sensor nodes. Headquartered in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium, with additional offices in Switzerland and the USA, e-peas offers a portfolio of energy harvesting power management interface ICs, microcontrollers and sensor solutions.