Pipework is responsible for connecting equipment and pushing process fluids and gases (water, steam, air, etc.) through systems to do work. Because these systems are commonly expansive and difficult to access, sensors that require battery replacements and wired-in sensors that need supporting infrastructure are not well suited. DCO Systems offer a monitoring solution for these networks that functions without batteries or the need for contractors to install power and data cabling. DCO design energy harvesting sensors specifically for this environment and various pipework systems.
Features of pipework monitoring include:
- Power harvesting suited for pipework: (Thermal harvesting sensor): Pipework that runs inside and underground (tunnel corridors) provides the conditions for pipework surface temperatures to be utilised and are very suitable for a thermal harvesting solution. Pipework that is outside and above ground may also use thermal harvesting. (Solar harvesting sensor): Outside and above ground networks are obvious candidates to utilise the solar harvesting solution. This includes pipework stretching for several miles across terrain or pipework that extends high up within the system.
- Current performance factors: The self-powered sensors are preconfigured to the characteristics of the pipework and can be easily installed and deployed throughout the system. In most process and plant installations, pipework needs to be monitored for current performance factors (process and fluid temperatures, pressures, etc.). Such installations also benefit from more detailed physical monitoring of safety and process critical pipework sections. Furthermore, monitoring of vibration, stress and strain enables better safety monitoring and optimisation of maintenance. In addition, data is transmitted to a centralised dashboard and the engineer receives data and updates round the clock.
For more information and to discuss your pipework challenges, contact DCO Systems at https://dcosystems.co.uk/contact/