Machine Health & Asset Monitoring in Industrial Applications: A Look at Sensor Technologies
- Magazine Article
The data gained from monitoring remote equipment is critical to the functionality of any industrial process. Often, this data is handled by a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) control system often via an Ethernet and TCP/IP network over a bus, star, or tree topology. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems are often augmenting and in some cases, replacing these legacy systems to allow for a wireless network of nodes connected to a gateway that leads back to the cloud for more complex data processing and analytics. Regardless of the use of wired or wireless technologies, the underlying sensors used in these processes provide the backbone for the data required for assessing and analyzing plant equipment.