WEFTEC Report: Nidec Introduces FORECYTE Wireless Equipment Monitoring

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At its WEFTEC exhibit, Nidec Corp. presented the FORECYTE stand-alone remote monitoring platform, which that uses battery powered wireless sensors to measure equipment vibration and temperature. The technology enables users to predict when equipment failure might be imminent and to operate and maintain equipment more effectively.

The FORECYTE device attaches to equipment magnetically, collects continuous, real-time data, and enables operators to visualize deteriorating equipment health. The data is sent wirelessly from the sensor to a gateway and from there through either Ethernet, Wi-Fi or cellular to a cloud portal, where it is aggregated, stored, analyzed and visualized using a web interface. Users can access the data anytime from anywhere using a browser on a web-enabled device.

The monitoring technology can be enhanced with predictive analytics. Using algorithms, the monitoring data can be modeled to identify patterns that help users intervene on imminent breakdowns and predict future events. Additional sensors and analytics being developed by Nidec will empower users to make smarter, performance-based equipment decisions, ultimately reducing operating costs and extending equipment life.

Using the information, operators can identify and address failing equipment early and schedule the ideal time to perform service. The FORECYTE technology helps users identify the root cause of problems and define the timing and scope for predictive maintenance. The platform is scalable and can be integrated with SCADA and legacy systems.

Thomas Schardt, Nidec senior director of internet of things (IoT), observes that innovation in low-cost sensor, communication and analytical technology is driving demand for remote wireless condition monitoring in multiple industries, including water and wastewater, manufacturing, food and beverage, and others.

“End users expect access to real-time data at a much lower cost compared to traditional route-based monitoring” Schardt says. “There is a global trend for companies to use IoT to gather real-time data and achieve quantifiable results that deliver better performance and cost savings.”



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