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Environmental Monitoring inside a Machine Control Panel

Wireless Q45TH in Cabinet Image

Application: Monitor temperature and humidity in a control panel to optimize machine uptime and performance

Challenges: Machine location, access to the control panel, and spatial constraints inside the cabinet

Solution: M12 Temperature and Humidity Sensor, Q45TH Wireless Node, Wireless TL70 Tower Light, and a DXM100 Wireless Controller

Benefits: Compact sensor and node pairing take up a minimal amount space inside the control panel, wireless communication enables remote access to environmental data

Challenge

Problems inside a machine control panel can often go unnoticed. Excessive heat or humidity can be indicative of potentially serious problems and may lead to a complete shutdown of equipment. Even the slightest rises above acceptable levels can have detrimental effects on the performance and longevity of components inside the cabinet. Over time, small problems can become major issues that impact machine performance and uptime.

Solution

An M12 Temperature and Humidity Sensor can monitor conditions inside the control panel. The sensor is directly connected to a Q45TH Wireless Node. This allows the sensor to be integrated into a Sure Cross® wireless network and to communicate with other devices on that network. Environmental data from the control panel is transmitted from the Q45TH to a DXM100 Wireless Controller, which logs the data. If conditions inside the panel are outside of the operator set parameters, the LED light on the Q45TH will provide local indication of the problem, a TL70 Wireless Tower Light on the network will provide high visibility indication of the condition from a centralized location, and the DXM100 will alert the operator via text or email.


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