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by | Apr 27, 2020

Sensors, sensors everywhere! But are you making use of yours?

With the first electric thermostats coming into the market in 1883 (invented by Warren Johnson); infrared sensors being around since the 1940s; and motion sensors being used in alarm systems since the 1950s; I think it’s fair to say that the concept of sensors isn’t anything new.  However, over the years, sensors have been become cheaper, more advanced and in many respects, part of our everyday lives.

Today you can purchase sensors to monitor almost anything, and in any environment

It is becoming more common that equipment already has sensors built in and ready to use.  From mobile phones being capable of anything from location using GPS to stress levels using a heart rate sensor to calculate your ‘heart rate variability’ – through to you being able to monitor vibration, temperature and flow on critical industrial assets such as Transformers, Pumps and Valves.  The question is no longer whether something can be monitored with a sensor, instead, it’s what can data from the sensors tell you about your asset?

To prove this fact, we’ve been working in partnership with TechData for companies to ‘challenge us’ with sensor and asset monitoring problems. From buildings to valves and even workers, we’ve had a vast array of problems raised, but to date, we’ve yet to see a problem we’ve not had a sensor solution for.

Interested is challenging us too? Feel free to get in touch!

We face new challenges which sensors can help with

With the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses are now facing new challenges with a reduced and restricted workforce, health and safety, social distancing etc.  We appreciate that many Maximo Users are in essential business sectors and the efforts you must be going to to keep those services running during this time. While technology has been used to overcome some of these challenges, with increased use of video conferencing using tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, there are certainly further benefits from increasing technology usage in other areas of the workplace too.  One of these is to utilize sensor technology to monitor assets for condition-based maintenance, rather than continuing to rely solely on manual visual inspections.

With solutions now available to deal with the sensor security concerns that have been raised previously, coupled with mature and well-defined communication methods, sensors are now able to give us a more detailed understanding of critical assets, in real time, all the time.

With data now being easy to collect using sensors, the next question is ‘how do you make sense of the data?’  It is difficult enough to review pages of data from one sensor, and this is compounded further when you have several sensors, all collecting data at once. To better understand how well an asset is performing, several pieces of information are often important such as vibration, acoustic information and temperature.

Love Your Asset – Monitor the health of your assets

Using our experience of over 25 years in Asset Management, BPD Zenith have developed a solution that is capable of reading any sensor data and use that data to track the asset and calculate that assets’ health, in real time.  Built upon a secure and stable foundation, Love Your Asset enables you to make sense of your sensor data and displays it in a simple, easy to use user interface. Love Your Asset is agnostic to your existing Work Management system, regardless if it’s a full ERP solution, paper-based or spreadsheets!

Love Your Asset firstly allows you to group your assets into logical sets, making it easier to review and compare assets.  Selecting any of the assets being monitored provides you with a summary of that asset, including what the asset is, where it is located, and summary of the sensor data being collected:

The sensor data is used to determine the health of the asset.  How important the data of each sensor is to the overall health of the Asset can also be set, together with thresholds and expected data for each sensor.  These configurations enable you to produce an accurate picture for the health of your Asset.

Love Your Asset also enables you to look through historic data, giving you the ability to track everything from the overall score, to individual sensor data, allowing full analysis of the data recorded and helping you better understand your assets.  Notifications can also be set to alert people if an asset health deteriorates, these can be sent either via Email or Text/SMS to any number of people, ensuring that key personnel are alerted to any problems quickly and effectively.

Interested in finding out more about Love Your Asset?  Then visit the website today: www.loveyourasset.com.  If you would prefer to speak to someone about sensors, asset monitoring or the Love Your Asset solution, please feel free to get in touch directly.

Richard Donaldson

Richard Donaldson

Before joining BPD Zenith (UK), Richard was engaged with the Nuclear and Utilities industries, where he worked on the UK's first ever large scale biomass-only power station. Richard has been the Technical Lead and Project Manager on many Maintenance and Supply Chain Business Improvement projects, as well as Asset Transitions and Maintenance Management system upgrades. Since joining BPD in 2009, Richard has predominantly focused on the Oil and Gas sector, completing projects both in the UK and World Wide. When Richard isn’t delivering successful Maximo implementations, he enjoys spending time with family and has a keen interest in the world of VR.

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