Equipment Monitoring with FleetZOOM
Remote monitoring devices increase the reliability and uptime of many types of industrial equipment that
perform essential functions in the day to day operations of businesses and
government. FleetZOOM telemetry solutions can be used on stationary or mobile equipment such as
generators, pumps, chillers, tanks, electrical and HVAC systems.
Equipment owners and responsible personnel
need FleetZOOM remote monitoring systems to receive immediate details about problems
with their equipment. But even when equipment is functioning
properly, interested personnel need
information from a remote monitoring system to stay informed of their equipment status and
location. They also need an easily accessible history of all data
from past status reports.
With real time equipment status on your smartphone or computer, you can make better decisions
based on operating intelligence provided by your telemetry. Armed with live data you can allocate limited mobile resources, or
deal with an emergency or disaster situation that calls for
efficient logistics, and quick decision making to utilize the
resources available to a business or government at any particular
moment in time.
Remote equipment monitoring has been around for
decades. Industrial equipment monitoring with alarm autodialers, PLCs (programmable logic
controllers), and wireless SCADA systems (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems with
telemetry features meet some remote device monitoring needs under very specific circumstances or applications of industrial
equipment. However, these methods of remote monitoring require too many compromises
to be cost effectively beneficial to the majority of the
applications for equipment monitoring.
Monitoring with auto dialers requires dedicated phone lines to
communicate with personnel. And even with dedicated phone lines, conventional
telephone based autodialers can make only one call at a time. They are also
usually limited by playing back one of a few prerecorded alarm messages. These
limitations increasingly limit autodialers to simpler
As the complexity of today's equipment increases, the benefits
of a FleetZOOM device come in to play since most FleetZOOM units eliminate the need for a hard line.
This is really important since some areas don't have phone service or cable modems available,
and even in cases where service is available, if an autodialer is the only piece of
equipment to utilize the hard line, the monthly service costs are
prohibitive. The better
choice is a wireless industrial monitor that provides more features at a lower cost than a telephone
alarm auto dialer.
Some PLCs provide limited remote monitoring features, when configured
appropriately by the system integrator, that tie the PLC into the equipment
or process monitored. However, PLCs require custom programming by
a specialized developer and PLC integration engineer. A combination of
ladder logic and procedural coding are typically used
to perform remote monitoring with a PLC. For monitoring
applications where a PLC is already employed to control the piece
of equipment, a PLC with remote monitoring will offer the equipment
operator some needed features.
But, when used as wireless monitoring equipment, a PLC is typically limited to simple remote monitoring
applications. Once advanced requirements such as web
accessible aggregated historical
data that a wireless data logger provides for viewing and export, or consolidated
management of multiple sites from a single interface are needed,
the PLC is a poor choice because the cost and complexity of
implementing those features will far exceed
a specialized remote wireless monitoring system.
Fully featured and properly engineered SCADA systems
provide the most options when
used for industrial telemetry, but at great cost in terms of both dollars
and integration time. Most SCADA systems are designed
from scratch as remote monitoring equipment, for one piece of equipment at a time. This takes a lot
of engineering time and manpower. Furthermore, the complexity of elaborate
custom configurations and software built for a given SCADA application
makes maintenance of the system inherently difficult.
not directly involved with the initial integration and development
will have a hard time adding features or diagnosing issues that
inevitably crop up after the personnel who performed the initial
integration are no longer available. In certain applications
these expenses and issues are justified, but for the vast
majority of industrial equipment monitoring applications, SCADA
systems are overkill and wasteful. For all but the most demanding monitoring
applications, a wireless industrial monitoring system will provide a better balance of features, cost,
FleetZOOM devices use both GSM and CDMA data links to connect and send status,
alarm, and data acquisition samples through their cellular connection to report to the servers which store field data and provide
a web interface to the data from the monitoring website.
noting that data acquisition wireless systems like any of the FleetZOOM
coupled with their wireless telemetry service and monitoring websites
are full fledged telemetry systems, capable
of performing industrial remote monitoring for almost any industrial
Industrial wireless telemetry and wireless data acquisition provide useful, real time status and alarm information
to owners and operators of industrial equipment