DCO Sensor with Glowing Harvester

The Energy Harvesting Sensor that is Providing Immediate Benefits

Sensors are a key component for implementing digital technologies in manufacturing. However, many sensing options generate installation and maintenance challenges that weigh against their benefits. Furthermore, recent discussions with OEM’s and on-site engineers unearthed a list of problems with aspects of their sensing solutions, specifically slow deployment and infrequent data reporting.

Going back to the basics, the main intention of equipment sensors is to harness accurate and continuous data. Many vendors claim their sensors possess extravagant battery lifetimes; but batteries are finite. To get long life, battery powered sensors do less. As a result, battery-operated sensors transmit less frequently, and engineers only get snapshots of the dataset they need.

Plug-in sensors add complications and costs. Because an electrical engineer is needed, installations can take months to organise. Moreover, plug-in wired sensors, in any serious quantity, need additional infrastructure that consumes resources and adds cost to the bottom line.

To solve these issues, DCO Systems have created energy harvesting sensors that provide immediate benefits and rapid results. They are easy to install, ready for immediate use and provide robust information. Because energy harvesting sensors power themselves from energy found in their surrounding environment, they do not require additional power sources and battery maintenance.

Energy harvesting also creates the conditions for more frequent data reporting with an always-on, real-time connection of equipment and assets. Moreover, they adapt and dynamically adjust to maximise coverage and ensure uninterrupted reporting. With continuous monitoring, energy harvesting sensors move engineers into a high-definition world by creating a bigger and more detailed dataset. As a result, this makes self-powered sensors an ideal choice for remote monitoring in hard to access locations and sites with limited existing infrastructure.

To further simplify installation, DCO Systems have extensively evaluated the practical needs of installers and included colour coordinated connectors, adapters and fittings for many different requirements. The ease of installation and use means that energy harvesting sensors can be up and running immediately. Furthermore, sensors are available for specific applications (steam trap monitoring, motors and drives, heat exchangers, etc) or can be customised to fit various processes and needs. It’s clear that energy harvesting sensors are a rising star, isn’t it time you made the switch. To book a free demo, go to DCO Systems or email: info@dcosystems.co.uk.

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