Monnit News Briefs August 2023

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Stay Out of the Hot Seat: Manage Heat Waves with the IoT

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Last month may have been the world’s hottest month on record. But don’t count this month out of the running yet. Much of the news has reported the hot weather’s effects on our transportation infrastructure, buildings, and workplace safety.

These months of extreme heat can cause facilities and HVAC systems to operate at or above the temperature limits of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) designs and recommendations.

While we in the Northern Hemisphere continue to work in the throes of this summer’s heat waves, we offer some tips to facility managers (FMs) everywhere.

  1. Implement a 24/7 plan to monitor and optimize heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system performance and facility conditions using sensors connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).
  2. Strategically install IoT temperature and humidity sensors throughout your facilities—offices, warehouse, storage room, and production area—in any place where these rising conditions could damage structures, equipment, or inventory.
  3. Control facility temperatures exclusively in the cloud with smart wireless thermostats.
  4. Add temperature sensors with leads to monitor equipment and machinery indoors and out that could overheat and suffer unnecessary wear and tear.

Support your local FM and do your part to conserve energy and survive the heat by lowering light levels, keeping windows, blinds, and curtains closed, turning off copiers, computers, monitors, and printers when they aren’t in use, or reducing electrical outlet loads.

Learn more about IoT facility management.

Tech News

Coming Soon: New ALTA® Precision Analog Sensor

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Here’s an opportunity to test a brand-new sensor from Monnit. The new 24-bit, four-wire ALTA® Precision Analog Sensor will soon debut to help you measure Wheatstone bridges in any configuration (quarter, diagonal, half, and full).

The ALTA Precision Analog Sensor can monitor load cell, torque, displacement, strain, or pressure. Here are the sensor’s specifications.

  • Resolution: 24-bit (better than 1/1M @ PGA=1 and 1/16M @ PGA=256)
  • Input range: Programmable Gain Amplifier (PGA) with 1:1 to 1:128 | PGA=1: +/- 2.0V differential capture and PGA=128: +/- 15.625mV differential capture
  • Power supply noise filter: 50- and 60- Hz rejection filter
  • Noise performance: normal-mode rejection ratio (NMRR) 105dB, common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR) 115dB, and power supply rejection ratio (PSRR) 115dB
  • Analog data specification: raw analog-to-digital converter (ADC), ratiometric percentage, voltage, internal temperature

Many of you have been patiently waiting for Monnit to develop this sensor. Here’s your chance to beta test it with us. To do so, sign up using the link below. It costs you nothing but a little time.

Tech Tip

Navigate iMonnit Charts Print Options and Other Changes

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In June, we released a new version of iMonnit with a new main dashboard and Locations feature. These revisions and additions required us to discontinue iMonnit’s Classic View and some associated functionality in the Charts feature.

A new Monnit Knowledgebase article, Changes to iMonnit Charts, will help you learn how to regain chart printing ability and review various charting displays.

The article shares:

  1. The reasons for the changes
  2. How to print iMonnit Charts
  3. The sensor Max/Min/Avg display
  4. The Multi-Charts date range

Take a few minutes to get iMonnit Charts print plugin options and understand the displays, whether from a mobile device or desktop PC.

Go to the article.

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