Avoiding Unexpected Downtime With Wireless Condition Monitoring

Thursday, 14 July 2022
There are usually warning signs before a mechanical component fails.

An increase in vibration or temperature on an electric motor can indicate misalignment, imbalance, or an impending bearing failure.

By tracking the performance of critical mechanical equipment through condition monitoring, you can detect changes in equipment condition early enough to take action and avoid unexpected downtime.

It's not magic - although it might seem like it once you’re up and running.


From our experience, a condition monitoring setup must be simple to install and commission. It must easily integrate with existing site equipment. It must support multiple devices within a secure network.

Industrial connectivity experts Advantech have an absolute cracker of a solution for this.

Introducing the WISE-2410 sensor. It’s a wireless condition monitoring sensor, designed to collect vibration and temperature data from equipment powered by electrical motors.

It's a very small, battery powered sensor that requires no wiring. Pop in two AA batteries and you're set. Expected battery life sits somewhere around two years, depending on use.

You've got two options for mounting. The sensor comes with a M12 stud and a magnetic base option in the box, which gives you all the flexibility you'll need to attach it to dewatering pumps, conveyor belts, and fans.

A three-axis accelerometer takes care of vibration monitoring. It's also got a temperature sensor with a wide operating range.

One great thing about this sensor over others is that it sends calculated data for velocity RMS that you can start using right away. There's no need to worry about calculation algorithms.

The WISE-2410 sensor is IP66 rated, meaning it’s waterproof and dustproof. It's built around the ISO-10816 standard, which covers the evaluation of machine vibration on non-rotating parts.

If you're working with hazardous areas, you're in luck. We’ve got IECEx-certified variants available for Zone 2 applications (for gas) and Zone 21 (for dust).

The WISE-2410 sensor partners up with the WISE-6610 gateway. This gateway collects data from multiple sensors using LoRaWAN technology. LoRaWAN is a low power, high range network with a high building penetration rate through walls and ceilings.

Using these sensors and gateways, you're looking at between 10 to 150 metres of realistic connectivity when inside a building, depending on the usual wireless connectivity factors.


Once you’ve got sensors and gateways integrated and configured across your site – congratulations!

You're now monitoring vibration and temperature data. There’s a network of information travelling across your operations. It's fast, secure, efficient, and it happens in real-time.

This data can be read by your control system via MODBUS. You can visualize data and configure alerts or alarms to send via SMS or email if vibration or temperature levels fluctuate over defined thresholds.

We’re currently integrating these sensors into a major grain terminal in Western Australia. Keep an eye out for this case study – it’s a fascinating look at what can be achieved by implementing a large-scale condition monitoring setup across an entire facility.

Pacific Automation have been working closely with Advantech for years. Our technical sales team have a wealth of experience integrating their components into existing site operations.

We can supply WISE-2410 sensors & gateways either standalone, or in pre-configured kits. We can help you get up and running.

For more information on wireless condition monitoring, get in touch with our team today.