Startup manufacturing firm Sensor-Works, builder of machine condition monitoring systems for the energy sector, has released an entry-level version of its tech, which it says works in a similar way to how Fitbit monitors measure heart rate and steps.
Using industrial IoT technology, the product monitors the health of machines, including vibration signatures and temperature, allowing faults to be detected faster and avoiding surprise breakdowns. This could minimise downtime, saving companies time and money.
The launch could see a ten-fold turnover for the company, which is marketing the system at small and medium sized companies that may otherwise be priced out of the technology. The tech can be connected to a mobile device through Bluetooth via a downloadable app.
Managing director at Sensor-Works, Ian Bain, said: “The new BluVib product will be integral in our plans to grow Sensor-Works, increasing turnover and, with that, employee numbers.
“While larger companies require more precise monitoring data on their machinery, most smaller manufacturers only need to know that there is a problem as early as possible.
“Using our existing expertise, we’ve been able to broaden our offering to create a device that makes condition monitoring technology more affordable while maintaining reliability.
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The firm developed the machine with CENSIS, Scotland’s innovation centre for sensing and imaging systems and IoT technologies.
Paul Winstanley, chief executive at CENSIS, said: “The success of BluVib is further evidence of the value in CENSIS’s work bringing together industry need with the academic expertise and research that can fulfil it.
“Sensor-Works’ latest development, which seeks to open machine condition monitoring technology up to SMEs, is an exciting project that will help a small tech business grow, while increasing accessibility to IoT technology.
“By helping companies take initial ideas to the next stage, we are working to position Scotland as a hub of IoT innovation. Products like BluVib, through its various stages, will increase the efficiency of business across a host of industries in Scotland, contributing to sustained economic growth.”