Wireless devices for NI InsightCM™ are designed to end manual, route-based data collection
NI, the provider of software-defined platform to help accelerate the development and performance of automated test and automated measurement systems, has announced the new wireless monitoring hardware for InsightCM, the most open solution for online condition monitoring on the market with full access to data and customization with the InsightCM Software Development Kit.
The new wireless devices automates the otherwise manual process of route-based data collection, so reliability engineers can spend more time analyzing data and solving problems and less time climbing stairs with instrumentation and personal protection equipment to collect data.
With InsightCM and the new wireless devices, plant maintenance teams that rely on manual, route-based data collection for plant assets can now achieve daily visibility into machine health. And, unlike many wireless devices on the market, the new NI wireless devices transmit diagnostic quality waveform data back to the InsightCM server so that experts can immediately respond to alerts with a laptop rather than making a trip to the plant. This also helps plant owners connect a greater percentage of their assets to IT networks by drastically reducing the costs associated with installation: conduit, cabling and plant design work.
Chuck Requet, group leader, Engineering for Generation Services, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities Energy said that while it takes days to install continuous monitoring systems, with wireless, the installation is closer to hours so more equipment can be connected in less time and for less cost. More connected assets will mean fewer routes and a shift in focus to data analysis rather than data collection.
He also added that the NI wireless device data quality is as good as a wired continuous monitoring device for the same FMax [useable frequency range].
Ian Fountain, NI’s director of marketing for Industrial IoT applications states that the new wireless hardware transmits data with the quality needed by maintenance engineers and lowers the cost of install – compared to wired monitoring systems, thus helping reduce time needed to recoup project costs during a digital transformation.
The new wireless monitoring hardware encompasses 2 separate devices with support for InsightCM. The NI Wireless Vibration Measurement Device connects 12 standard piezoelectric accelerometers, or ±30 V sensors such as proximity probes, and is ideal for hard-to-access equipment that already has sensors installed. The monitoring device connects to the sensor junction box that would otherwise be used for handheld route instrumentation. AC, DC and battery-powered options are available. The battery-powered NI Wireless Vibration Sensor has an onboard MEMS triaxial accelerometer with temperature sensor. Maintenance teams install the wireless sensor with the same installation methods used for piezoelectric accelerometers: magnetic-mount accessory or epoxy pads.