NIWeek – NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of a software-defined
platform that helps accelerate the development and performance of
automated test and automated measurement systems, today announced 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 automate 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 subject
matter experts can immediately respond to alerts with a laptop rather
than making a trip to the plant.
This wireless hardware 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.
“It takes us days to install continuous monitoring systems, but with
wireless, it’s closer to hours so we can connect more equipment 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,” said
Chuck Requet, group leader, Engineering for Generation Services,
Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities Energy. “For the same
FMax [useable frequency range], the NI wireless device data quality is
as good as our wired continuous monitoring devices.”
Ian Fountain, NI’s director of marketing for Industrial IoT
applications, said, “The new wireless hardware transmits data with the
quality needed by maintenance engineers and lowers the cost of install –
compared to wired monitoring systems – helping reduce time needed to
recoup project costs during a digital transformation.”
The new wireless monitoring hardware encompasses two 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.
For more information, visit ni.com/insightcm.
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