SOLAR & BATTERY POWER PROVIDES WIRELESS SENSING AND CONTROL FOR REMOTE AND HARD-TO-REACH APPLICATIONS

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SOLAR & BATTERY POWER PROVIDES WIRELESS SENSING AND CONTROL FOR REMOTE AND HARD-TO-REACH APPLICATIONS

FlexPower from Banner Engineering meets a wide variety of applications

A combination of low-power sensors, long-lasting batteries, solar panels and wireless I/O devices from Banner Engineering allows wireless operation of a wide range of applications. The FlexPower system supports years of reliable monitoring and control functions in difficult to wire situations.

The no-wire solution is designed for applications where wired power is either not available or impractical. Power is generated by lithium D cell batteries or a solar collector and rechargeable battery combination that require an average of only two hours of sunlight per day to power a 4-20 mA loop. FlexPower provides reliable, autonomous power sufficient to operate a wide range of sensors and the remote node of Banner’s DX80 industrial wireless network.

By powering both sensing and communication functions, the modules eliminate need for any wiring to the installation. Banner Engineering offers a wide range of photoelectric, ultrasonic and temperature/humidity sensors specially adapted for low power consumption. To limit power use, the sensors are powered only when needed.

The DX80 Wireless Network includes up to 56 remote nodes connecting to a central gateway. The gateway provides Modbus connectivity to PLC or other control units. Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology and Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) control architecture combine to ensure reliable data delivery within the unlicensed Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) band. Additional data radio units can be installed as repeaters to extend transmission range up to 3 km per radio hop using 2.4 GHz DX80 devices.

Applications for wireless sensing and control include:

  • Agriculture – Irrigation control
  • Monitor temperature of motor bearings,
  • Monitor steam power plant valve temperatures
  • Pump and flow control
  • Perimeter guarding
  • Tank level monitoring
  • Rotating machinery for auto and other industries
  • Landfill leachate pump counting
  • Material handling
  • Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) control
  • Vehicle detection

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