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Powelectrics 'Connected Sensor' Solution Helps Keep Trains On Track for Longer By Monitoring & Controlling Grease Applicators

Posted on 16 Oct 2018

Powelectrics have delivered many remote monitoring solutions within the rail industry, both on and off trains. These include monitoring fuel, lubricant and coolant levels, bearing and rail temperatures, battery chargers, water dosing and level crossing signals.

As part of this growing range of performance and reliability-related m2m solutions, we work with an international manufacturer of products which enhance the longevity of industrial assets. Their offering includes lubrication application kits, which apply grease to railway tracks, reducing friction-related wear and tear, especially near curves in the line.

Each solar-powered dispense system has a grease tank. Powelectrics Industry 4.0 solution takes the data from a level sensor in the tank and sends it to the cloud, at user-defined intervals, via our award-winning Metron2 telemetry device. This application uses solar-powered Metron2 devices. Mains and battery powered options are also available.

Data is available to be viewed, via the web, on a computer, tablet or smart phone. It allows customers to schedule cost-effective and timely lubricant deliveries. User defined 'low' level alarms can also be received, helping ensure that grease tanks don’t run out. Powelectrics ‘connected sensor’ solution helps ensure that rails remain lubricated and, therefore, that both rails and contacting train mechanisms enjoy an extended lifespan.

Powelectrics IoT solutions are highly flexible. For example, customers may wish to control the dispense system, by starting and stopping the application of grease on command. Powelectrics can configure MetronView to allow simple commands to be sent to the Metron2 to activate and deactivate operation.

Powelectrics technology can help customers benefit from the industrial internet of things by connecting existing sensors. Our remote monitoring devices can be retro-fitted and are compatible with thousands of sensors offering a 4-20mA output. For non retro-fit projects, Powelectrics robust SPS hydrostatic level sensors are ideal for many applications, with options including ATEX and hygienic versions.

Metron View is Powelectrics ‘middleware’, based on existing and evolving customer needs through a commitment to an agile software development methodology. Metron View, it is a cloud-based datalogger with customisable dashboards and bespoke reporting. It offers a rapid and flexible response to specific application needs. Data and alerts can be easily viewed on a computer, tablet or phone. 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 software applications beyond those available from the operating system

Powelectrics telemetry is used in a wide range of Industry 4.0 remote level and condition monitoring applications. 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