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Powelectrics Enables the Internet of Things To Improve Safety & Margins for International Hygiene Products Business

Posted on 11 Jan 2019

Powelectrics have delivered another bespoke Industry 4.0 solution, this time for a British-based multinational supplier of many health, hygiene and home products that we see every day.

The company receive large deliveries of key ingredients at production sites, including flammable gases usually subject to ATEX regulations. These include LPG, which is used as a propellant in aerosol products. The high volumes delivered into large, pressurised tanks mean that extreme care must be taken to avoid endangering plant, personnel and the whole local area.

The tanks were already part of local SCADA systems, which meant management in the vicinity could see readings and monitor tank levels. However, the company identified need for other key stakeholders to be aware of tank levels and trends too, including HSE Management, Maintenance, Purchasing and Production Planning.

Powelectrics engineered an M2M solution using the existing signal. Level readings are now taken every hour and sent via our award-winning Metron2 telemetry device to our MetronView cloud. Data and alarms now can be viewed securely, by authorised personnel, on any web-enabled device.

Now the company benefits in several ways. Production planners can ensure there is always enough product to maintain full production schedules and maximise manufacturing resource. Purchasing can be confident that there is capacity in tanks to receive new deliveries - important as rejected loads attract high penalties, also affecting margins. HSE and Maintenance can see if tank levels are fluctuating unexpectedly, which could indicate a potential safety hazard or maintenance need.

For this IoT project we used externally-powered Metron2 devices. Battery and solar-powered units are also available, for temporary applications, or where there is no external power supply. All Metron2 devices can be remotely configured, set-up prior to dispatch or simply configured on site using the integral display. No IT programming skills are needed.

MetronView, is Powelectrics standalone platform, with customisable dashboards, reporting & alarms. MetronView processes millions of readings/day and supports over 140 protocols including MODBUS, MQTT, HTTP, TCP, UDP, SERIAL, SIGFOX, SNMP.

MetronView also offers a simple API, so data can be collected by other software. This can be done by customers or Powelectrics can create application-specific portals for you. Examples include: tank management, energy metering, vending machines, train condition monitoring and waste compactors.

Powelectrics connect the world of sensors and the Internet of Things. Our solutions are employed in a wide range of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) remote level and condition monitoring applications. We offer 25 years’ experience in the world of sensors, representing over 100 respected manufacturers.

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