Like many end-users, our plant has continued to find ways in making Ignition more helpful to us since our implementation in 2015. One of the newest quests is to do a better job of monitoring process equipment health across a spread-out assortment of conveyors, pumps and dust collection equipment (among other items). We’ve done the ‘easy’ stuff at control panels (current and voltage) but need data on physical conditions like temperature and vibration at the machinery.
As new equipment has been added in the last several years we’ve included suites of sensors, but older legacy equipment also needs careful monitoring. Running analog sensor cabling around such a large building is expensive and cumbersome, takes too long to implement, and often results in limited or no data collection that would be helpful in predictive maintenance.
I’ve looked at Flex IO, tried the Banner wireless, considered OPTO 22 and the many other remote options, but can’t seem to find a product with reasonable cost-per-point for one to four 4-20 MA signals.
Does anyone have recommendations for devices that provide low cost/low density 4-20 MA signal acquisition through Ignition via (some) Ethernet transport? Wireless would be a plus (-;,
Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks!