If you are wondering what the product does, it measures electromagnetic radiation from the electricity distribution grid using custom designed antennas, does DSP math on it, determines if a fault condition such as Partial Discharge is present, and sends an alert if it detects that. It does this at 250MSPS every second and uploads the summary results to a web service. Using PPS GPS synchronisation you can determine the distance to the fault from each EFD Device. Scatter a few of these around the network and you have the most cost effective Early Fault Detection system you can get. It is also a classic high bandwidth IoT project.
OK, enough engineer speak. Here is a summary from the night.
The MC was Merv Hughes who brought a lot of humour to the night through his novel pronunciation of technical terms.
The Keynote Address was given by Dr. David Nayagam who walked us through the The Bionic Eye project and the difference it was going to make to people experiencing blindness that didn;t have underlying receptor damage.
And we had an extraordinary interlude of entertainment by the Unusualist, Raymond Crowe.
PACE Zenith Awards 2016
2016 PACE Zenith Awards Winners
Here are all the winners by category:
Safety system innovation – Robotic Automation, for Multi-product Robotic Automation
Manufacturing Control – Sage Automation, for Integrated Process Control
Automation Innovation – Robotic Automation, for Multi-product Robotic Automation
Transport Control – Encroaching. For POW’R-LOCK
Mining and Minerals Process Control – Scott Automation & Robotics, for ROBOFUEL
Water and Wastewater Control – SMC, for Ethercat Network for Treatment of Wastewater
Machine Builder – Automation Innovation
Oil and Gas Innovation – Yokogawar Australia, Julimar Development Project
Power and Energy Management – Alliance Automation, Oxley Creek Rehabilitation Project
Best PLC. HMI and Sensor Product – Bestech Australia, Beanair Wireless Sensor Network
The Internet of Things, or IoT as it is abbreviated to, is still an emerging trend. But it is driving some substantial changes in some industry areas. This includes the 4th Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0.
If you are deploying to a factory or industrial complex, then generally the networking and power is already dealt with and you can piggy back off the existing infrastructure. But what about deploying Remote Telemetry? If you wanted to measure water tank levels or water usage in a rural location you might have to use a solar powered or primary battery powered system and 3G or 4G communications to get the data back to a website or server. That can have its own challenges. The typical industrial computer used for these monitoring tasks and posting reports or transactions requires a lot of power to run and is expensive. So can you do it if the budget for the hardware is $600, you don’t want to use solar cells and also don’t want to change the batteries every month?
The answer is YES. Check out this short video to find out how.
The PACE Zenith Awards 2015 celebrate the process control and automation industry€™s many and diverse successes. The PACE Zenith Awards bring together some of the biggest names in Process Control, Instrumentation and Automation to celebrate, recognise and award companies and individuals for their key contribution to Australian industry.
The awards winners were announced at the PACE Zenith Awards dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney on June 11th 2015.
This year we were finalists in 4 categories with the Power and Energy Management category having 2 projects selected as finalists.
Successful Endeavours Finalists PACE ZENITH 2015
The categories we were finalists in were:
Water and Wastewater – for our IoT Monitoring Platform + Telemetry Host
Best Fieldbus Implementation – for our IoT Monitoring Platform + Telemetry Host
Power and Energy Management – for our IoT Monitoring Platform + Telemetry Host and the ABB CQ930
Transport Power and Infrastructure – for the ABB CQ930
This year we were finalists at the Endeavour Awardsin the categories of Australian Industrial Product of the Year and IT Application of the Year. We didn’t win either category but the competition was pretty tough and I was pleased for ANCA for beat us for the Australian Industrial Product of the Year and also won the overall award for Manufacturer of the Year. The full list of winners are announced at the Endeavour Awards Winners 2015 official winners list.
Endeavour Awards Finalists 2015
It was a great night and a chance to share the evening with most of our team and a room full of people who are looking to be part of the solution rather than just contributing to the problem of being competitive in Australian Manufacturing.
Endeavour Awards 2015 Australian Industrial Product Of The Year
Endeavour Awards 2015 IT Application of the Year
If you have been following us then you will also be aware we are finalists at the PACE Zenith Awards in Sydney on June 11th in 4 categories. Wish us luck.