A Forbes magazine article published in 2021 stated that “A study of 729,999 commercial and residential properties in the contiguous U.S. concluded that floods will cost businesses $26.8 billion in direct lost output and $23 billion in lost output due to downtime in 2022.” And this doesn’t include risks to civil structures such as tunnels or underpasses. Clearly, water damage, whether from burst pipes, leaks, or flooding, is a major concern. Because of this, Phase IV has developed a […]
Do you need to monitor something in a remote location? Or maybe need to just monitor a couple of things for a short amount of time? Or do you want to make installing some sensors as simple as possible? The Leap Sensor’s cellular IoT sensor transceiver node can be a great solution.
A standard IoT wireless sensor system consists of the sensor transceiver node, a gateway, and software. The transceiver node uses a radio signal to transmit readings to the […]
The flexibility of the Leap Sensors platform means you can convert almost any off-the-shelf sensor to a wireless sensor.
While our Leap Sensors system includes a wide range of sensor options, there may be times when you have a specific monitoring need. This is why Phase IV has made it easy to integrate almost any off-the-shelf sensor with the common 4-20 mA or 10-volt inputs into a Leap wireless transceiver node. The long-life battery in the transceiver node then powers […]
The aroma of coffee emanating from your local coffee shop entices you in the morning. But what if the aroma wasn’t from the Starbucks down the street, but from a roasting factory in your city? Along with that enticing aroma, the coffee roasting process, like any other industrial process, results in by-products that you don’t want to escape into the air.
Chaff is the papery-thin skin of the coffee bean which falls off the bean when it’s roasted. In an industrial […]
There has been a lot of news coverage lately about the troubles with US infrastructure. In fact, the American Society for Civil Engineers 2021 Structural Report Card recently graded America’s infrastructure at a C-, mentioning “staggering maintenance backlogs,” with 11 of the 17 categories rated falling in the D range.
This is precisely why there is a growing need for a simple, reliable, and cost-effective system for remote structural health monitoring (SHM) using the Internet of Things (IoT), […]
Vibration monitoring is an established tool for predictive maintenance. Just like a rough-running car engine means it’s time to have a mechanic take a look – changes in the shaking, or vibration, of factory machinery can indicate a possible problem.
Phase IV’s Leap Sensors system offers sensors that monitor vibration only, as well as vibration in combination with two other predictors of motor health, temperature and amperes. (And with Leap’s modular, flexible multi-sensor design, you can combine vibration monitoring […]
Predictive maintenance is vital to keep equipment running at its peak at all times. In a variety of industries, using wireless sensors for motor condition monitoring helps minimize unplanned shutdowns and reduces the cost of maintenance.
Motors are the workhorses of manufacturing facilities, powering conveyors, pumps, blowers, fans, compressors, and more. Even one failed motor can impact an entire production line, with the possibility of huge losses in time and money. When a line […]
Temperature-sensitive products like COVID-19 vaccines call for fail-safe cold storage units. Phase IV Engineering now offers wireless temperature monitoring systems that easily attach to a facility’s existing refrigerators, freezers, or ultra-low freezers.
Anyone who has kept up with the news knows that certain COVID-19 vaccines are incredibly temperature-sensitive. If vials are left out too long at the wrong temperature, the vaccine degrades and must be discarded. Other sensitive items, from lab samples to frozen food, also require accurate temperature […]
Phase IV Wins Best New Product at 2016 RFID Journal Live – Runner-Up for Most Innovative Use of RFID
Phase IV Engineering was honored at the RFID Journal Live trade show by winning Best New Product for its RFID Sensor Reader. This reader is optimized to read RFID Sensors and has many patent-pending features to make integration of this reader with industrial machines fast and easy.
In addition, Phase IV’s client, Reichhold, won Most Innovative Use of RFID with the Micro-T data logger.
New Developments in Passive RFID Sensing – Energy Harvesting Circuits for Longer Range and Better Sensing
UHF is the latest evolution in RFID technology offering longer read range and enabling new types of sensing applications. As capable as UHF RFID is, passive sensing tags still must operate all of their circuitry by capturing RF energy transmitted from the reader. As RFID systems add more sophisticated sensors, you can run into limitations as some sensors take more energy to operate and the accuracy of certain sensors is dependent on the stability and quality of input power.
One way the […]