TechStar Blog

Wirelessly Enabling Flow Meters

Posted by TechStar on Aug 20, 2020 11:26:00 AM

Measuring the flow of a fluid or gas is essential to many industrial processes. Many technologies exist to measure flow including Electromagnetic, Ultrasonic, Turbine, Vortex, Positive Displacement, Coriolis, and Thermal Mass flow meters. The ability to monitor the flow rate and flow totals from various flow meters wirelessly enables users to avoid costly conduit runs from the point of the flow measurement back to a central controller.

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Topics: Flow Meter Solutions, Signal Fire, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

SignalFire Ranger: New User Interface Improvements

Posted by TechStar on Apr 8, 2020 3:45:00 PM

The SignalFire Ranger have announced several new improvements to the user interface that went in to effect on April 7th. It simply requires you to close your browser and re-open it for the new look and feel to become active.

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Topics: Signal Fire, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

Paper Plant Goes Wireless

Posted by TechStar on Mar 10, 2020 1:35:00 PM

In the pulp and paper industry, emissions of hazardous gas caused by chemical reactions during pulp production can pose a dangerous operating environment. To ensure the highest safety standards for employees while meeting industry environmental regulations, paper mills must continuously monitor levels of gases such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) within different areas of the facility to ensure they remain within limit values.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions, Signal Fire, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

LTE-M1 Cellular Products

Posted by TechStar on Dec 18, 2019 9:30:00 AM

This blog was originally posted by SignalFire.

With the family of RANGER products & cloud interface, SignalFire offers a platform to easily and quickly deploy measurements where you need them with the least amount of hardware. The key objective of this product line is to monitor and even control without traditional systems like SCADA, PLC, edge device , etc. SignalFire created a solution that brings the sensor data right into an easy-to-use and mobile friendly cloud interface.

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Topics: Signal Fire, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

Five Benefits of Wireless vs. Wired Remote Monitoring Systems

Posted by TechStar on Jan 28, 2019 8:18:00 AM

When first introduced to the industry, remote instrumentation was based on wired systems. Today, wireless remote monitoring and control systems can simulate the architecture of wired systems using links to transmit data. Offering substantial operating and cost advantages over wired systems, wireless systems are becoming more prevalent in different applications. Here are five reasons why:

  1. No Wiring or Trenching

A wired system may require thousands of yards of cable to connect to different endpoints. As installed costs fluctuate from $10 to $20 per foot, a wired system can be expensive if connections are thousands of feet away. Powered by battery, solar, local power, or a power-scavenging device, wireless systems have no conduit requirements, eliminating the need for hardwiring instrumentation.

  1. Reduced Installation and Retrofit Cost

While a wired system using 50 to 75 feet of installed conduit can cost as much as $1500, a comparable wireless system can costs just a few hundred dollars per measured point, depending on vendor and application specifications. If repaired or reconfigured, a wired system can require new cables, involving trenching, hardware and labor. A wireless system is easily scaled without adding new hardware. After initial installation, wireless systems can easily add new wireless instruments to meet changing and expanded requirements. In addition, a wireless system can be configured in the shop, reducing on-site labor by 50% to 75%.

  1. Operate in Different Terrains

In some cases, wires can’t run on property not owned by the company such as roads, streams or other structures. The industrial transceiver nodes of a wireless remote monitoring system provide powerful, long-range transmission of data in the unlicensed ISM bands that sustains signal strength through terrain, structures, or weather. Even when operating in hostile and dangerous environments, a wireless system can operate unattended for years without being affected by environmental conditions such as snow, rain, dust storms and ice.

  1. No Data Loss

Should a wired system fail due to cut wires, corrosion, dirt or another adverse condition, operators are not alerted to the problem, resulting in sub-par operations or failures until instrumentation is back online. Programmed with a communications link alarm, a wireless system provides an alert when data is not in transmission. Most problems are avoidable by preventative maintenance linked to wireless diagnostics.

  1. Integrate With Different Sensors

Wireless remote monitoring systems with an open architect allow users to integrate many types of sensors to monitor assets.  As a result, a variety of sensors can be added or subtracted as needed to measure parameters such as pressure, temperature, level and flow. Users can choose the best sensor for each application and bring all that data from different sensors to a single point with a single data interface. In addition, robust gateways can accommodate up to 10,000 transceiver nodes, enabling the network to cover a geographic range of hundreds of square miles.

More cost effective and versatile than traditional manual gauges and wired instrumentation, wireless control systems meet different challenges that wired systems just can’t address. Read about the rationale for investing in a wireless tank level system by downloading the article Justifying the Move to Wireless Tank Level Monitoring.

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Topics: Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

SignalFire Telemetry System Design Guards Against Lightning Strike Damage

Posted by TechStar on Jun 13, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Lighting can be an issue for remote sensor control systems, especially in the upstream oilfield. Sensors located on top of 20 – 24 ft. steel tanks become ideal targets for lightning. One unfortunate strike can take out a sensor or the entire telemetry system.

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Topics: Signal Fire, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

TechStar IS Wireless and Telemetry

Posted by TechStar on Apr 18, 2018 9:15:05 AM

Improve efficiency and mobility with wireless and telemetry solutions
Solutions such as wireless control and monitoring make connectivity efficient and easy. The ability to control, monitor, and optimize processes and data wirelessly means you can keep your systems running smoothly with less time and manpower than before.

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Topics: Texas Automation Systems, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions