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Grease Is The Word! Powelectrics Connected Sensor Solution Helps Recycle Waste Oil and Avoid Overspills.

Posted on 25 Sep 2018

Powelectrics have delivered an Industry 4.0 bulk waste collection solution for a leading provider of hazardous waste oil services. Our customer operates a UK wide network of waste transfer stations, depots and processing plants. They collect and process millions of litres of waste oil from garages and workshops to create processed fuel oil, which is an environmentally compliant alternative to virgin fuel. 

This photo shows three waste tanks at a depot, containing different oils. For this m2m solution, data is sent every 10 minutes via Powelectric’s award-winning Metron2 telemetry devices, to our MetronView cloud. Mains powered Metrons were used here, but battery and solar-powered alternatives are widely used for projects where no power is available on site.

On this site, the three tanks are located close together. Metron2 devices offer 4 channels, so the solution was particularly cost effective as only one device was required to monitor all three tanks.

Data is available to be viewed via the web and alarms can be received via a computer, tablet or smart phone. A user-defined ‘high’ level advises our customer when to schedule collections, so that tanks never over-spill, thereby avoiding the environmental consequences and expense that this would cause. This m2m solution also incorporates a local audible alarm and flashing beacon to advise site operatives when the high threshold was reached.

For the depot installations, Powelectrics robust SPS hydrostatic level sensors are fully capable of operating in viscous, oily conditions. ATEX and hygienic versions are available, though not needed for this application. Powelectrics also provided tank level monitoring for our customer’s processing plants. Non-contact radar level sensors were necessary here, to accommodate the high temperatures used to cleanse and recycle the waste oil.

Powelectrics IoT technology has helped our customer to operate more efficiently in a low-margin sector and improved safety by avoiding overspills of hazardous waste. Our customer can focus on their core business, recycling 97% of waste collected. As Frankie Valli said (humour us!) “Grease is the word… We take the pressure and we throw away ... Conventionality belongs to yesterday”!

Powelectrics telemetry is used in a wide range of Industry 4.0 remote level and condition monitoring applications. Remote monitoring devices are compatible with thousands of sensors offering a 4-20mA output.

Metron View is Powelectrics ‘middleware’, developed using an agile software development methodology, to offer rapid and flexible responses to specific existing and evolving application needs. It is a robust and proven, cloud-based data collection platform with customisable dashboards, bespoke reporting and user-defined alerts that are available to you wherever you have web access. Metron View is a truly ‘any network, any device’ solution, processing 2.5 million readings/day and supporting over 140 protocols including MODBUS, MQTT, HTTP, TCP, UDP, SERIAL, SIGFOX, SNMP. The simple API allows MetronView to provide services to your software applications (SaaS) beyond those available from your existing operating systems.

Powelectrics act as a connection between the world of sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) operating at the centre of the ‘connected sensor’ community. We offer 25 years’ experience in the world of sensors, our own award-winning telemetry devices, a standalone data platform, with an API to connect with other software and a wealth of experience integrating third party devices.

Please call us to discuss your application on +44 1827 310 666