IoT technology maximises machine efficiency

A wireless sensor company has developed an Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled condition monitoring device to help engineers more effectively observe changes in machinery.
The sensor, named BluVib, which was developed by Sensor-Works with assistance from CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, can be fixed to rotating equipment to record vibration and temperature data wirelessly via the IoT.
Connected via Bluetooth to an app on a worker’s handheld device, the sensor provides real-time information about the condition of machines. The product will be used in one of Scotland’s first Industry 4.0 demonstrators at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. BluVib will be deployed to measure vibrational signatures on specific machines and the data acquired will be analysed to predict issues, in real-time, relating to machine performance.
As well as being a more efficient way to observe changes, it’s also a cost-effective alternative to existing condition-monitoring equipment. Sensor-Works’ product is said to be several times lower cost than current market alternatives, which can range in price from $20,000 to $40,000.
BluVib was created with the assistance of the CENSIS IoT Centre, which helped Sensor-Works mature the product from a proof-of-concept stage. The IoT Centre gives SMEs access to a range of off-the-shelf products and technologies to help them accelerate product development. This project is the 50th since the inception of CENSIS in 2013.
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