Monitoring the physical parameters of the steam-generating boiler is key to understanding its performance– both on short and long timescales. Subsequently, the introduction of whole system monitoring provides engineers with the data to fully understand the performance of the systems for which they are responsible.
For example, each boiler has a specified (as per-design) behavior and a corresponding real-world performance model. Next, our detailed monitoring permits one to be mapped onto the other. Consequently, this builds up a picture of the real-world performance of the unit. Furthermore, rapid changes in performance can be indicative of localized or remote failure. In conclusion, change over time provides an indication of degradation needing to be addressed by maintenance.
One type of monitoring is mechanical sensing via precision vibration sensing. This enables monitoring of movement on fine and large scales and can indicate internal mechanical failures or external problems such as water hammers, blow-over, and excessive thermal stress. Similarly, acoustic sensing permits the identification of problems local to and adjacent to the boiler, such as high-velocity steam and hammer in the pipework.
The monitored performance characteristics can be extended with specialist sensors to measure gases (input and flue) and water quality (eg. feed water, make-up water, and condensate).
While steam boiler systems generally have local power available, our monitors are available with integrated energy harvesting capabilities. Therefore, this removes the need for costly installations by electrical engineers and already supports wireless transmission to give you a “truly wireless” capability.
Your system data is collected regularly and transmitted to our cloud platform for storage, analysis, and alerting purposes. For example, default reporting intervals are 15 minutes but can be configured up or down to second-by-second reporting, if required. Finally, our dashboard is organized in an easy-to-read format and provides the valuable information that your engineers need to make important decisions.