Benefits of adopting remote monitoring technology when buying a sensor system
Speed is critical when it comes to modern industrial monitoring systems. Robert Badcock, managing director at signal conditioning and wireless telemetry specialist Mantracourt, discusses the benefits of adopting remote monitoring technology when buying a sensor system to handle all data capture and analysis needs in industrial sectors across the board, including agriculture, construction and food processing.
Wireless sensor technology provides industry with a portable, flexible and easy-to-deploy way of gathering data from equipment across a facility. However, many site managers still rely on manual data transfer by having personnel go to each sensor to collect data recorded on memory cards. This can be a costly and time-consuming process and, even more importantly, can negatively impact a business’s ability to respond quickly to any abnormal events that are detected by their telemetry system.
To overcome these issues, site managers are increasingly turning to remote monitoring technology to monitor and record data across their facilities. By remotely monitoring and managing asset performance over long periods of time, businesses reap rewards such as lower operating costs, faster response times and better service levels.
Making industry’s life easier
By having a platform to store and mine all performance data, asset managers gain insights that were not possible before. For example, site managers in an agriculture setting can use cloud-based remote monitoring platforms such as Mantracourt’s SensorSpace platform to overlay live and historical data for factors like temperature, humidity, soil moisture levels and crop yields. This can improve decision making when it comes to investing in new technologies such as heating and irrigation systems at a fraction of the cost of a traditional supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.
Remote monitoring systems can also be used to identify potential problems by monitoring variables like humidity and pressure in a grain silo. Because any undetected changes to conditions in a silo can threaten product integrity, as well as the safety of the container, it is crucial that any abnormal conditions are quickly identified and acted on. By incorporating push notification capabilities, remote monitoring platforms can alert the appropriate personnel immediately using SMS, email and app-based alerts so that issues are addressed as fast as possible.
It isn’t just the agriculture setting that can benefit from using an all-in-one telemetry and monitoring system. For example, a company who provides heavy industrial jacking applications for the construction industry must precisely pre-set an array of hydraulic jacks to a specific stroke length at a specific pressure. The installation can be quicker and cheaper using wireless systems, like Mantracourt’s T24 wireless telemetry system, because they eliminate the need to run lengthy, expensive cables and the company does not need on-site personnel for data monitoring and extraction. Data from these sensors can be uploaded directly onto SensorSpace® for 24/7 remote monitoring.
Benefits of an all-in-one solution
Investing in all-in-one solutions to handle all data capture and top-end analysis across an industrial facility offers several key advantages. Firstly, it ensures each part of the system works seamlessly with the rest. Next, it drastically lowers project costs and reduces any operation disruption associated with installing the telemetry and monitoring systems compared to traditional approaches where several companies and systems integrators on-site installing and configuring different parts of the system. Finally, ongoing support is generally better when purchasing an all-in-one solution from one company as opposed to buying a variety of components from different sellers.
We regularly hear from site managers who are recognising the benefits of storing and analysing all their data in one easy-to-use umbrella platform, rather than having to consolidate complex spreadsheets sent from every department. SensorSpace® is a fully customisable platform that can be tailored to the needs of the end user. Users can login from anywhere in the world using a desktop or mobile device and remotely monitor system status and asset performance information relayed by Mantracourt’s T24 wireless telemetry system. The dashboard can be easily configured to be as simple or complex as you need it to be, from mere numerical displays of operational parameters to in-depth overlays, graphs and charts representing live and historical data.
Cloud-based remote monitoring systems like this provide a convenient and cost-effective way of gathering data across and industrial site. This has been particularly true since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic because, in most cases, site visits and manual inspections have been disrupted, preventing businesses that rely on these from regularly collecting system data. This has forced many businesses to embrace a new digital reality much sooner than they might have originally intended, with platforms like SensorSpace allowing asset managers to monitor and analyse system performance 24/7, even if they’re working from home.