Wireless Battery-Operated SensorsOverview
Wireless battery-operated sensors
iQunet introduces a major breakthrough in wireless, battery-operated sensors and network technology to manage assets in industry and buildings. iQunet’s easy-fit sensors measure physical machine parameters (such as bearing vibration, temperature, proximity, rotation, humidity, inclination, and others). There are many benefits for your business including:
- Reduced costs thanks to simple equipment enabling powerful asset health monitoring
- Increased efficiency through the follow-up of status trends
- Improved productivity from automatically generated usage data
- Enhanced customer service with condition-based maintenance scheduling
- Increased competitiveness through remote access and diagnostics
Robust and secure wireless system
The wireless and battery-operated iQunet sensors can be mounted on machines, rotating equipment, and other important assets within an industrial plant, or on walls inside work and livings spaces. A network, which navigates around obstacles and through walls, is formed automatically by the sensors.
A small DIN-rail mounted Unix server continuously analyzes and optimizes the network to create the most efficient paths and to balance the load across available paths.
The base station is the central node of the wireless network and can easily be attached to the wall or cabinet with the accompanying clips. It is powered by a standard micro-USB connection from the small iQunet DIN-rail Unix server. It can serve an unlimited number of sensor nodes within the wireless range due to the powerful iQunet network protocol.
Key advantages of the iQunet network communication protocol are:
- Reliability: even in the presence of interference, the network provides 99.9% end-to-end reliability in challenging radio environments.
- Security and privacy: network communications are secured through industry-standard authentication, encryption, and verification practices to ensure the highest level of security.
- Effective power management: extreme low power consumption assuring long battery life.
iQunet intelligent sensors have a microcontroller onboard and run innovative and outstanding stable embedded firmware. The iQunet optimized wireless protocol is based on the most recent standards to reduce communication overheads to a minimum, while maximizing data payload. Thanks to the ‘iQunet sleep mode’ current consumption is extremely low (<1µA) resulting in an outstanding battery life time of many years.
All sensors can be triggered wireless or set in burst mode at a programmable interval. All sensors return data including device temperature, signal strength within the wireless sensor network, battery power status, and current firmware and hardware version which guarantees seamless compatibility with later versions.
Easy installation and configuration
Industrial sensors are mounted using an M3 screw and epoxy adhesive between the sensor back and the machine surface. This keeps the antenna area free and allows access to the battery compartments. The network components and building sensors can be easily clipped to a cabinet or wall, providing maximum installation flexibility.
As soon as the batteries are inserted, the sensor is activated and makes contact with the nearest base station. Starting the web-based wireless sensor dashboard enables you to address, rename, manage, and tune sensors. You can also schedule them to start collecting measurement data.
All information is gathered in the local database of the DIN-rail mounted iQunet Unix server and fully open addressable via the OPC UA embedded server.
The very intuitive web-based wireless sensor dashboard software can process user requests for ‘live’ data. It can also export the data to third-party analytical software or to Sheets or Excel for quick analysis.