Monitoring your Machine Tools can help you get more out of those essential investments but what about support systems? Wouldn’t it be helpful to know as soon as there’s a problem or, better yet, know if a problem is developing?
For instance, what happens if you lose air pressure, shutting down your machine(s)? Recently a customer of ours had this happen and they estimate the incident cost them about $5000. So when we visited to tell them about Nanospark: Machine Monitor, one of their first questions was, ‘can I also monitor my air line with that.’
The answer- YES!
We used a Presair Adjustable Pressure Switch along with the Nanospark: Machine Monitor to keep an eye on the air pressure and send out alerts if the pressure starts dropping.
Would that solution benefit you?
**UPDATE: We turned this into a simple package for you, in case you just want to monitor the shop air pressure. The kit comes with the Nanospark hardware, Android device with app installed, and a pre-wired pressure switch. You’ll only need to supply 1/4 NPT pipe fittings to pipe the switch into your line. It’s available for sale on the pressure switch site- Presair.com**
If you currently have a Machine Monitor, see below for how to add the pressure monitoring to the system.
- Nanospark Machine Monitor: Smart Lights
- Adjustable Pressure Switch
- Pipe fittings (for switch to connect to air line)
- (2) 18-24 AWG wires or 2-conductor cable
- (2) Female 1/4″ spade terminals
You’ll also need access to a 120VAC power outlet and a wifi network.
- Tie the pressure switch into the shop air line
- Crimp female spade terminals to the end of each wire and strip the other end 1/4″
- Remove the top of the Nanospark Machine Monitor: Smart Lights box
- With one wire, connect the COM terminal of the switch to Nanospark input “G”
- Wire the switch’s NC terminal to Nanospark’s input 8
- Replace the cover and power the Machine Monitor
- Setup a notification in the app to alert you by text message in case of air pressure drop
We liked this solution so much, we set it up in our parent company, Senasys’, machine shop.
They already had a pressure switch tied to a red light on the wall for an alert system. So we just swapped the switch for a DPDT switch, to send 24VDC going to their existing standard Machine Monitor and 120VAC to the light, if the pressure drops.
Would you like to be alerted if before your air pressure drop low enough to shut machine’s down?
Are there any other critical auxiliary systems you’d like monitored?
Contact us, we’d love to help: email@example.com.