Temperature Monitoring

Temperature Monitoring

Monitoring and regulating temperature is critical in many applications and in a diverse range of industries. For many applications, such as ensuring product quality and food safety, specific temperature ranges must be maintained. Temperature data can also be indicative of equipment health and performance. The applications are nearly endless. Location, distance, environmental conditions and temperature fluctuations ranging from slight to profound can complicate deployment, performance, and accuracy. Banner solutions for monitoring and regulating temperature are capable of detecting even slight fluctuations in temperature and can be used with our wireless products to provide temperature data from areas where wired connections are not practical or cost-effective.

Predictive Maintenance of Motors and Gearboxes on Large Cranes [Success Story]

    • Predictive maintenance on large cranes
    • Large, outdoor environment
    • Subjected to vibration, unpredicatble weather, drastic temperature changes

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Predictive Maintenance of Rotating Parts on Conveyor [Success Story]

    • Rotating parts, such as motors and gears, cause vibration and temperature damage that can lead to total failure
    • Wireless products enable predictive maintenance
    • Coal conveyors are outdoors and exposed to various elements

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Temperature Sensor Detects Defrost Wires [Success Story]

An automotive manufacturer was rejecting a supplier’s shipment of rear window assemblies due to faulty defroster grids. The supplier’s existing test procedure measured current draw across the entire heating system to detect an overall failure, but it could not detect the subtle impact of a single heating wire being broken. The window supplier partnered with a Michigan-based machine automation company to create a better test fixture—one that can verify each defrost wire heats to specification prior to shipping.

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Thermal Remediation Temperature Measurement [Success Story]

The EPA has placed restrictions on the use of many fumigants citing a correlation between their use and ozone depletion. As an alternative, a large-scale flour mill performs three to four thermal remediations per year to eradicate flour beetles. The temperature inside the mill is brought up to 122° F (50° C). This is done gradually to minimize equipment and building strain caused by heat expansion.

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Hot Part Detection in Food Preparation

To ensure that a griddle is on, non-contact T-GAGE M18T temperature sensors are aimed at the cooking surface to detect that the surface is hotter than the surrounding air. If the waffle iron is hot, the batter will be poured in and the process will continue. If it is not hot enough, the T-GAGE temperature sensor output won't trigger the batter release mechanism allowing the iron additional time to heat.

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Valve Temperature Monitoring at a Steam Power Plant

To allow for quicker, more frequent, and more efficient scanning of target valve population tailpipe temperatures, a series of FlexPower Thermocouple Nodes and FlexPower Battery Supply Modules are installed. Temperature measurements of the valves and pipes are measured and wirelessly transmitted to a DXM100 Wireless Controller mounted in a central location. The DXM100 gathers the data and transfers the data to a SCADA system that monitors and graphically displays the temperature data.

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Motor Condition Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance

    • Condition monitoring of motors
    • Cannot be wired easily
    • Predictive maintenance prevents unplanned repairs and downtime

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Monitoring Rotating Kiln Temperatures

The SureCross Wireless Sensor Network eliminates complexities associated with data acquisition from rotating and moving machinery such as a rotating kiln. Crucial temperature data is acquired using a thermocouple or RTD and transmitted from the FlexPower Nodes to a remote Gateway in the plant's control center. Data is always concentrated in the same location for processing or analysis, and manual data collection and physical risks to personnel are eliminated. Temperature data is logged and anal

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Monitoring Motor and Bearing Temperatures in Hazardous Areas

Banner’s DX99 Nodes offer solutions for monitoring the temperature of motor bearings using thermocouples or RTDs. Because these are low power sensors and radios, a battery life of up to three years is possible. The Node sends temperature data wirelessly back to a central control location for logging and analysis. When the bearing temperature rises unexpectedly, maintenance can be scheduled before any motors burn out or equipment is damaged. It is likely this temperature data would not be monit

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Frost Protection and Soil Moisture Control in Cranberry Bogs

Soil moisture and air temperature sensing ranges are typically under a mile, but the Site Survey tested the signal out to two miles. With the MultiHop Radio and its antenna installed very low to the ground, the Master Radio was installed with a large omnidirectional antenna to maximize the communication range.

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Greenhouse Temperature and Humidity Monitoring

A SureCross FlexPower™ Node with internal battery directly connected to a temperature and humidity sensor can provide these measurements without costly conduit or cabling, eliminating the need to manually collect data from multiple sensor locations. IP67 electronics and a variety of filter options make this product suited for the wide temperature and humidity ranges encountered in a greenhouse.

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Refrigeration System Monitoring with a Wireless Network

A resistance temperature detector senses the temperature of a walk-in cooler and sends the data to a SureCross FlexPower Node. The Node in turn sends that data to a Gateway, which issues an alarm to management if the temperature exceeds acceptable limits. The DX80 FlexPower Nodes have a IP67 rating for rugged environments and work well in the cold.

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Monitoring Temperature During Composting

Manual data collection is eliminated using a SureCross FlexPower™ Node equipped with two thermocouples to automatically monitor the temperature at two depths within a compost windrow or stack.

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Monitoring Rotating Equipment

Taking measurements on rotating equipment, such as a kiln or rotary table, usually requires a complex and expensive system of cabling. Even taking precautions and using specialized equipment doesn’t eliminate cable tangles and breaks. The SureCross Wireless Network eliminates complexities associated with data acquisition from rotating and moving machinery such as a rotating kiln. Crucial temperature data is acquired using a thermocouple and transmitted from the FlexPowered SureCross Nodes to a

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Hot Glue Detection

T-GAGE M18T Series Temperature Sensors are passive, non-contacting, temperature-based devices designed to detect objects that are hotter or colder than the ambient condition, and then activate an output. In this application, the T-GAGE temperature sensor will detect the presence or absence of hot glue on the flaps of the package. If the hot glue is present, the process will continue and the package will be sealed. If it’s absent, the output will trigger a process to apply the hot glue.

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