Monitoring Pressure Levels on Large Systems
To ensure that an industrial refrigeration system is operating properly, coolant pressure levels need to be monitored at multiple points in the system. Read on to learn how Performance Series all-in-one wireless pressure sensors make it easy to monitor pressure levels on large and complex systems.
A large-scale food processing facility uses an industrial refrigeration system to store their products and ingredients. Pressure levels can fluctuate throughout the system but need to remain relatively constant and within a recommended range for the system to operate at peak efficiency. Excessive or insufficient pressure levels at certain points can strain the system, increasing operating costs and reducing the operational life of the system.
Monitoring pressure levels at specific points in the system provides staff with insight to the health and efficiency of the entire system. Issues, like a compressor failure or a leak in the line, can be identified and responded to quickly, before further damage can occur or product is affected. However, accessing these points can be difficult. The system is large and complex with components and subsystems located in multiple rooms at the facility. Deploying staff to read the gauges and record the data at each point is labor intensive, time consuming, error prone, and impractical.
Banner’s Performance Series all-in-one wireless pressure sensors make it easy to monitor pressure levels in the refrigeration system from any network-enabled location. These one-piece pressure sensors house a Sure Cross® wireless radio and are powered by an internal lithium battery. Deployed at critical points throughout the system, each all-in-one sensor will measure local pressure levels and communicate that information over a Sure Cross wireless network to a DXM wireless controller.
The DXM wireless controller collects sensor data, sends it to a Cloud Webserver, and distributes status updates at regular intervals to other wireless devices in the local network. Wireless TL70 tower lights located throughout the facility and at the supervisor’s station receive updates from the DXM and illuminate the light segments accordingly, providing easy, at-a-glance information about the health of the system. Email and text alerts are sent to staff by the DXM for any significant or sustained increase or drop in pressure levels in the system, enabling staff to respond quickly and appropriately.