Imagine a sensor about the size of a 50-cent coin that can remotely diagnose the ‘health’ of a motor without anyone having to physically inspect the motor. Local small and medium enterprise (SME) Hoestar has licensed IMRE’s piezoelectric sensor technology to automate the monitoring of vibration and physical stresses that impact the efficiency and lifetime of machinery. The technology gives users real-time updates on the physical integrity of the machine and acts as an early warning system to alert users about impending machine failures. Data on deteriorating equipment ‘health’ allow factories and businesses to plan for a timely replacement of crucial components before they fail completely, thereby minimising costly delays in production. The system also raises productivity by removing the laborious task of manually checking the equipment and reducing the chances of undetected defects due to human error.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-built-in-wireless-sensor-stressed-machines.html#jCp