Industrial machine sensors have been at the heart of manufacturing for several decades, and, with growth of the Internet and digital technologies, their complexity and use continue to progress. Smart sensors – those that are ‘intelligent’ and communicate data through a digital network – are becoming essential components in a variety of applications. Smart sensors measure pressure, flow rate, temperature and turbidity, mechanical variables such as dynamic and static pressure, vibration, rotation, cycles and position, and electrical variables such as current, frequency, and voltage. Industrial sensors identify the early warning signs of component failure, alerting maintenance managers to imminent problems.
How The Internet Has Influenced The Role Of Industrial Sensors
The Internet of Things (IoT) – which combines smart sensors with detailed analytics – has introduced significant advances to industrial processes. Using real-time data, businesses can evaluate their decisions and shape their future thinking accordingly. For example, in construction, Caterpillar utilises data collection and real-time analytics to oversee the distribution and payload of materials deposited on earthmoving equipment.
Industrial businesses benefit from analytics to identify inefficiencies. At the same time, the IoT also enables the prompt identification of equipment failure, so that maintenance staff can carry out remedial work without the need for extensive or sudden unexpected downtime on production lines. The intelligence produced by the IoT improves efficiency levels, cuts costs, increases machine uptime, reduces production time, and improves quality control mechanisms.
The application of the Industrial Internet of Things is a turning-point for industry, yet not all businesses are fully signed-up to the concept. Research by the Australian Industry Group concluded that as many as 60% of companies did not see the business value of the Internet of Things, even though clear cost savings were predicted.
Sensonics: At The Forefront Of Industrial Sensor Development
Industrial sensors companies, however, are at the cutting edge of the IoT and its application to heavy industry. At Sensonics, we supply a range of industry-proven accelerometers, velocity vibration sensors, eddy current proximity probes, LVDT displacement transducers, and capacitive air gap sensors for a variety of machine vibration, position and speed measurement applications. Our customised solutions, developed in partnership with your engineers, will ensure your business’s needs are met. To discuss your project and obtain a quote, please get in touch with Sensonics Ltd today.
Further details are available from: Russell King, Sensonics Ltd,
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1442 876833.