Wireless Pipe Wear Monitoring

Wireless pipe wear monitoring system
Monitor material loss on key assets

Scanimetrics' Wireless Wear Sensing tools provide state-of-the-art equipment condition monitoring support to industrial assets in order to observe material loss and extend lifecycles.

General Description

The Wireless Pipe Integrity Monitoring System provides easy automated means of accurately monitoring thickness and strain on pipelines with a high degree of repeatability for Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) applications. Pipelines which have excessive wear, such as slurry, tailings and certain oil pipelines, significantly benefit from such monitoring since it enables the pipe to be rotated or serviced in an optimal manner to achieve extended pipe life. Competitive systems only monitor pipe thickness, not strain. However, monitoring strain provides additional valuable information about the integrity of the pipeline, especially for applications where the pipeline is under pressure or has external forces applied on it. In addition, competitive options for thickness monitoring are not cost effective to monitor the entire pipeline. As a result, manual measurements are more commonly employed, resulting in data that is unreliable, and therefore not useful for predictive modeling.

The system obtains pipe thickness and strain readings using wear sensors and strain gauges and stores the readings in the Wireless Sensor Pods (referred to as “Motes”) which are installed at the measurement location. The readings are then transmitted to a Master located at one end of the pipeline. Data can be downloaded to a nearby computer with a direct connection to the Master, or to a Remote Server via an Internet Gateway with a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. An application running on the server processes the data and serves up a secure website where customers can view the data in tabular and/or graphical format, and export the data for further analysis. The server application can be programmed to notify key contacts by email, text message, and/or voice call if pre-set alarm thresholds are reached, to enable immediate attention, and avoid field failures and production losses.

  • Monitor wear of all materials and multilayer pipe
  • Monitor metallic and non-metallic pipe
  • Permanently mounted on pipe
  • Non-intrusive monitoring
  • Single point or multipoint measurements
  • Full and configurable sensor interface
  • Pipe rotation angle measurement
  • Adaptable, rugged system
  • Wireless data transmitted to:
    • Nearby portable Computer
    • Remote server via Cellular Network
    • Remote server via Wi-Fi
  • Alarm notification via email, text & voice message
  • Integrated battery, no external power needed
  • Unique ID for electronic tagging
  • Built-in signal conditioning for strain gauges
  • Built-in temperature sensor for compensation
  • Interval logging capability
  • On-board storage for data backup
  • Status monitoring (e.g. battery, RF link quality)
  • Simple and intuitive Windows or web interface
  • More accurate and frequent measurements
  • Optimize pipe rotations
  • Fast and easy to install
  • Extend pipe life
  • Better predictive modeling
  • Reduce field failures and production loss
  • Slurry, hydrotransport and tailings pipelines
  • Oil and gas pipelines
  • Used in Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) to address site's most pressing needs
  • Improves production and extends asset life
Sensor Operating Temperature Range -40 °C to +125 °C
Electronics Operating Temperature Range -40 °C to +85 °C
Pipe Sizes 1" to 40" diameter
Number of Sensing Points per Location Up to 12 points
Measurement Resolution Thickness: ±0.5 mm
Maximum Battery Life Up to 2 years of operation (See Note 1)
Modes of Operation Unaccompanied alarming, data logging and data transmission
Sensor Types Supported Wear sensor
Sensor Electronics and Internet Gateway Size 16 cm x 22 cm x 9 cm (6.3” x 8.7” x 3.5”)
Operating Environment Water and chemical resistant, built to IP67 standard
Mounting Method Embedded in pipe at fabrication, or retrofitted in field
Certifications FCC and Industry Canada
Certifications Intrinsic Safety (Zone 0 or Class I, Division 1)
Note 1: Depends on sampling period and number of sensors.

All specifications subject to change without notice