Yokogawa to Release the Sushi Sensor, an OpreX Brand Wireless Solution for the Industrial IoT

By Shin Kai

Company and Product News

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced that it will release the Sushi Sensor, an OpreX brand wireless solution, in markets other than Japan, starting with Europe shipping in March 2019. Already available in Japan, the Sushi Sensor is a compact wireless device with integrated sensing and communication functions that is intended for use in the monitoring of plant equipment vibration and surface temperature. Optimized for industrial IoT (IIoT) applications, the Sushi Sensor enables the online monitoring of equipment operating conditions, which helps to improve equipment maintenance and prevent failures by detecting signs of abnormalities at an early stage.

The features of Sushi Sensor:

Easy installation and setup
The compact wireless sensor complies with the LoRaWAN, a communication standard using low-power wide-area (LPWA) wireless data communication protocol for long-distance communications, and thus needs no repeaters. It is also battery-powered, eliminating the need for an external power supply. Being compact and light-weight, this sensor can be mounted easily on all kinds of plant equipment. In addition, the sensor supports near-field radio communication (NFC), which allows sensor setting and sensor condition monitoring from a smartphone via a dedicated app.

Excellent environmental resistance
Although vibration sensors and temperature sensors for IoT applications are commercially available, most of them were designed for indoor use. Yokogawa's compact wireless Sushi Sensor is environmentally robust and is well suited for installation in harsh plant locations.

Monitoring via on-premise server or the cloud server
Data collected by the Sushi Sensor can be monitored either from an on-premise server or a cloud server via a LoRaWAN gateway. From the on-premise server or any device in a remote location that can access the cloud server, operators and maintenance staff can monitor the vibration and surface temperature of equipment throughout a plant.

Major target markets include oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, water supply and wastewater treatment, metal, etc. for measuring the vibration and temperature of plant equipment, such as compressors, pumps, motors, fans, and conveyors.

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