Next-gen wireless vibration sensors are batteryless

October 08, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Next-gen wireless vibration sensors are batteryless
Fluke Reliability, an operating company of test and measurement company Fluke Corporation, says it has partnered with batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider Everactive to develop next-generation wireless vibration sensors.

The first result of this collaboration is the batteryless Fluke 3562 Screening Vibration Sensor system. It is offered as a "set it and forget it" wireless vibration sensor that operates continuously, even in hard-to-reach places.

The Fluke 3562 is powered by Everactive Edge technology, which leverages proprietary circuits that can draw all required energy from a machine’s heat or the light in the room using thermoelectric or photovoltaic energy harvesters. The vibration sensor screens overall vibration levels, temperature, and humidity, as well as trends the highest FFT peaks by magnitude.

“Powering vibration sensors to monitor machine health has always been a challenge that leads to compromises,” says Fluke Reliability President Ankush Malhotra. “By teaming with Everactive, we’ve developed an always-on solution that delivers continuous monitoring to a broader number of machines, enabling widespread coverage across plants.”

The system also features Everactive’s sub-GHz radio communication protocol that allows up to 1,000 Fluke 3562 vibration sensors to communicate with a single gateway up to 800 feet away. When combined with the cloud-based LIVE-Asset Portal software, it lets users visualize trend data and trigger alert notifications using custom-set parameters.

The system also operates on the same software platform used by the new Fluke 3563 Analysis Vibration Sensor, meaning users can now monitor the health of critical, semi-critical, and important machines via a single dashboard. The Fluke 3562 Screening Vibration Sensor system is currently available in US and Canada, with plans to expand to other countries in the coming months.


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