A recent article from The News talks about the Internet of Things and how emerging technology is making an impact in the HVAC and refrigeration industry. This is a great article which gives a high-level overview of what the “IoT” is and how these systems are being set up to maximize efficiency and increase safety.
One of the quotes in this article is said by John Johnson, owner at Nordvik Refrigeration, Inc. He states, “[The IoT for refrigeration] is a great time saver with more accurate diagnostics being able to web connect to a controller. Checking the defrost and temperature history tells you a lot about how the system is operating. The ability to remotely check evaporator superheat, coil temps, suction pressure, and many others is remarkable.”
This quote perfectly sums up the benefits of an IoT system. Before more advanced sensor technology, manual processes existed to record temperatures or check on failing equipment. These physical checks are more prone to human error and only allow for businesses to react to problems rather than receiving alerts if conditions happen to fall outside safe levels. The Internet of Things makes remote monitoring of environments or machines easy! Monnit provides over 50 different types of sensors to track any type of application. Temperature sensors are our most popular sensor because of the peace of mind they provide users. Walk-in refrigerators/freezers are constantly running, protecting valuable food, medicine, or other items. While these pieces of equipment are always on, there often is not personnel present to keep an eye on these systems around the clock. The costliest damage usually occurs at night when there is no one around to immediately handle any issues. With a Monnit remote monitoring system in place, maintenance staff or managers can receive alerts to any internet enabled device should custom set conditions be met or exceeded. Now you can rest easy at night knowing your business and bottom line is being protected 24/7.
In addition to real-time updates on running refrigeration systems, Monnit sensors and software can provide deeper insights into the inner workings of your business. Some of the equipment related to everyday businesses would include HVAC systems for medium to large buildings. With so many moving parts, problems can occur in a number of different places. Monnit has plenty of options to remotely monitor these components and can create a custom solution depending on your company’s needs. Five of the more popular sensors are A/C current meters, quad temperature, vibration meters, air flow detection, and duct temperature. You can use these sensors to not only detect potential problems (lack of air flow, high/low temperatures, limited or too much power consumption, excessive vibration, etc.) but also to see if these problems are caused by any variables in your environment. Are electricity costs high because your system is kicking on in the middle of the night when no one is in the office? Is there a specific time of day more energy is used compared to another? What is happening during those hours? If decision makers can greater understand why HVAC or other systems operate the way they do, direct correlations can be made to a physical environment. From there, any potential issues can be addressed and organizations save a bunch of money.