Vibration sensor for monitoring operation and failure of plants

Author: Yasuhiro Udagawa, Japan Microsystems Inc.
Issue 01-2022: read all articles online read as pdf

Dhowa Technos and Japan Microsystems offer a battery-free, wireless vibration and temperature sensor with EnOcean radio. The device uses a solar cell as energy harvester, which means it doesn’t require an external power supply. It regularly transmits the vibration and temperature data measured via EnOcean’s wireless radio standard.

Two probes with integrated vibration and temperature sensors can be connected to one vibration sensor, making it possible to measure vibration and temperature at two locations with a single unit.

Jams vibration sensor

Rather than capturing the momentary value, the vibration sensor measures several hundred times within a certain time frame. These values provide information on total vibration, including positive/negative peaks in both directions. They can be used, for example, to diagnose failures and age deterioration.

Measuring vibration at predetermined intervals and enabling all-day measurement

The vibration sensor wakes up at specified intervals and continuously measures hundreds of acceleration points in one measurement. This means that the values of the three axes x/y/z are measured at the same time and two channels are measured sequentially in one measurement.

The measurement result is sent via EnOcean radio and then the sensor sleeps until the next measurement. If the appropriate interval is set, continuous measurement (24 hours a day, 365 days a year) is possible even in places where lights are turned off at night, thanks to the power stored in the solar panel.

Wireless, dust-proof and waterproof – making it easy to install in various environments

The main body provides IP65 protection, meaning it is dust-proof and drip-proof. The pickup part is sealed with silicone resin and is also dust-proof and waterproof. The sensor data is transmitted wirelessly via EnOcean radio. It’s powered by a solar panel with an internal capacitor that stores energy. Sealing the device completely is no problem. Because of this setup, it can be positioned in a variety of environments.

Example – installing the vibration sensor on a motor

  • Monitoring 18 mill motors in a rolling line over 100 m long in a steel mill
  • Vibration and temperature sensors: 45 units (38 EnOcean transmission units)
  • J-Connect repeaters and receivers: 4 units
  • Collected data: vibration and temperature are collected at 12-minute intervals.
Jams sensor data
Example provided by: Remotor Pro, Dowa Technos Co.
  1. Sensor location
  2. Decelerator
  3. Motor
  4. Sensor: held by the magnet (easy mounting)
Jams sensor data
Information courtesy of Remotor Pro, Inc.
  1. EnOcean radio transmission
  2. Measurement operation
  3. Sleep until next notification cycle
  4. Continuous measurement (several hundred times)
  5. Example of target-value measurement

About Perpetuum

Perpetuum is EnOcean's customer magazine focusing on solutions and products for energy harvesting technology. The technology delivers the data for the Internet of Things in a resource-saving, self-powered and maintenance-free way. In doing so, it enables the smart use of buildings, cities and industrial plants. In the categories Internet of Things, Smart Building, Smart Lighting and Smart Home the EnOcean's partners in particular have their say highlighting their expertise.

Media kit