8power named by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in IoT Thingification

8power is delighted to announce that it has been named by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in the May 2020 Cool Vendors in IoT Thingification report. (Gartner “Cool Vendors in IoT Thingification,” Bill Ray, et al, 14 May 2020)

 

8power Gartner Cool Vendor

 

Said Paul Egan, CEO of 8power, “We are thrilled to be named a Cool Vendor by Gartner.  Our innovative energy harvesting sensors are designed to help industry improve efficiency, save money and reduce carbon footprint.  In our view, this Gartner recognition validates our vision of helping water companies overcome resource limitations to diagnose problems with motorised assets early, reducing downtime and catastrophic failure.

 

We believe that the problem of powering systems in the field at low cost, efficiently and for extended periods has remained unsolved. Wired power is an option but comes with the costs and reliability of installing cables in an industrial environment.

 

Batteries provide an alternative power solution and are good in certain applications. What is really needed is a renewable power source that can operate maintenance free, for up to 10 years. 8power delivers this with its energy harvesting sensors.”

 

As Gartner states in the report “replacing batteries is expensive, and scales badly, so techniques to reduce power consumption, and exploit additional sources of power, are critical. We believe that the added benefit is that there are no wires to deal with, making installation and maintenance easier.  Furthermore, the sensors use a rechargeable cell that contains a significantly lower level of lithium than single use primary cell.”

 

The report further states, “this year we have selected Cool Vendors which can help create viable projects by reducing operational costs, pushing intelligence to the very edge of the network, and providing enough power to keep it operational at any scale.”

 

Gartner outlines in the report that “even where the ambient resources aren’t sufficient to provide all the energy needed, harvested power can be usefully harnessed. A recharging battery can, for example, allow intermittent use powered by constant harvesting. Battery life can also be significantly extended by constant topping up, reducing the frequency with which replacements are needed.”

 

The business model and return on investment is compelling — the cost of replacing batteries can be measured against the cost of the energy-harvesting hardware.  Sensor technology eliminates costly shocks and surprises and helps extend the shelf life of capital equipment.  In the water industry machines can be run for too long leading to replacement costs in the £millions.  Sensors keep on eye on assets and help diagnose issues early leading to early intervention and reduced downtime and costs.  The technology does not just improve asset monitoring and maintenance but can be seen as a financial planning tool.

 

One company that 8power has been working with is Severn Trent.  In a pilot project, a sensor detected a fault with the housing around a bearing casing.  8power technology enabled the company to take action early, saving it £462,000.

 

With greater intelligence, powered from ambient energy sources and designed to take maximum advantage of the required result, there are very few instances where IoT thingification can’t deliver an effective (and demonstrable) return on investment according to Gartner.

 

Gartner subscribers can view the full Cool Vendors in IoT Thingification report here.

 

Gartner “Cool Vendors in IoT Thingification,” Bill Ray, et al, 14 May 2020

 

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8power & Severn Trent Condition Monitoring Project Shortlisted for Industry Water Award

8power and Severn Trent Water are delighted to be shortlisted for a Water Industry Award in the category “Most Innovative Use of Existing Technology”.

 

Project Delivers Substantial Savings

 

8power has completed a successful project with Severn Trent at its Thermal Hydrolysis Plant (THP) at Minworth wastewater treatment works. The pilot delivered substantial cost savings.  As a result, a new maintenance regime has been developed at the £60 million plant utilising 8power’s “Fit & Forget” technology.  The system monitors asset health and usage to flag anomalies or changing trends enabling a more proactive maintenance approach.  During the pilot, 8power’s system identified an asset that had random impact forces enabling Severn Trent Water to remedy the situation and save thousands of pounds.

 

Said Alan Butcher, Strategic Maintenance Manager of Severn Trent’s Bioresources team,

 

“Working with 8power and Severn Trent Innovation team we have been monitoring the health of a few of our critical assets. Looking at the data, we had found one of our assets had random impact forces. If this had been a fault with the asset, the impacts would always be present. So this triggered a question. What is going on? The 8power system identified an issue with the pin and the pump housing. The fault was rectified instantly and a plan to replace the damaged housing in the March shutdown is in place. If we had not detected the problem, the assets would have destroyed itself without any indication. A great find and a huge costly maintenance plan of £462,000 avoided.”

 

Reducing carbon footprint with energy harvesting sensors

 

The 8power end to end system comprises sensors that deliver data to the cloud that can then be integrated with existing software systems through an Application Programming Interface (API).  A unique feature of 8power sensors is when the sensor is mounted on a pump or motor, the vibration from the asset operation is converted into electrical energy. This renewable energy source powers the sensors and wireless system and eliminates battery changes for up to 10 years. It is therefore much cleaner than other sensor systems and will also help water companies to mitigate the costs and risk of unplanned maintenance. Unplanned maintenance and downtime can cost £18,000 a minute. The technology can therefore deliver substantial cost savings . Data can be delivered directly to mobile devices via an app or to desktop computers.

 

Peace of mind with regard to network resilience and asset availability

 

The system gives peace of mind as it can detect changes in vibration, temperature and humidity, delivering data insights to enable companies to help prioritise maintenance issues across the estate of assets. Other benefits include reducing downtime and repair costs as well as increasing network resilience and asset availability to meet regulatory targets for Outcome Delivery Incentive (ODI) payments.

 

The data obtained during this pilot evidenced hard financial benefits of using a ‘fit and forget’ style proactive condition monitoring approach. Given this, the Bioresources team are now reviewing potential larger deployments based on criticality and asset health registers.  Additionally, following successful trial results, the Severn Trent Innovation team is now also collaborating with other areas of the business to review potential deployment on various asset classes.

 

The Water Industry Awards will be presented on 30th July.

 

For more information about 8power harvesting sensors, please contact us.

8power completes successful remote condition monitoring trial with Anglian Water

8power is pleased to announce that it has completed a successful remote condition monitoring trial with Anglian Water.  The trial used sensors and analytic services on some large water pumping assets. The next stage of the project will see multiple Anglian Water sites monitored with the latest generation of 8power sensors

 

Innovation is at the core of Anglian Water’s strategy

 

East Anglia is one of the driest regions in the country. Anglian Water is investing in projects to improve its infrastructure and its resilience to drought. Innovation is at the core of its strategy to deploy sustainable practices that lead to reduced carbon footprint and increased efficiencies. 

 

8power showcased within the Anglian Water Shop Window innovation hub

 

In 2018, 8power technology was showcased within the Anglian Water Shop Window innovation hub. The ‘Shop Window’ is a core component of Anglian Water’s ‘Love Every Drop’ strategy.  It is aimed at driving innovation to transform its business through collaboration across partner alliances, amongst its supply chain, and with its customers in a live environment across the entire water cycle. To date, it has worked with over 150 partners on over 130 projects, with those successful ideas being scaled up and implemented across Anglian Water. 

 

8power collaborates with Anglian Water to develop a sensor system that monitors asset health

 

8power has been working in collaboration with Anglian Water to develop a sensor system that monitors asset health. The system monitors usage and flags events or changing patterns.  This enables a more proactive maintenance approach. 

The 8power end to end system comprises sensors that deliver data to the cloud.  The data can then be integrated with existing software platforms through an API. The system gives peace of mind as it can detect changes in vibration, temperature, and humidity.  It delivers data insights to Anglian Water to prioritise the issues that should be addressed first.

 

Benefits to include a better understanding of asset operation, reducing downtime and repair costs

 

Other benefits include reducing downtime and repair costs, helping Anglian Water meet its regulatory targets, set by the regulator OFWAT. The data obtained during the pilots has helped Anglian Water better understand asset operation and prioritise the most critical network assets and put in place a proactive style condition monitoring approach. 

 

Anglian Water to trial energy harvesting sensors

 

8power will be working with Anglian Water to refine the development of its energy harvesting sensors which will be trialed later this year. These wireless sensors are self-powered and designed to be more sustainable and longer lasting than battery powered sensors.

Said Rich Fielding, Hydraulic Operations Engineer, “We see an opportunity to improve efficiency and the service we provide to our customers by shifting to condition based maintenance regimes with solutions such as 8Power’s. The self-powered design being progressed by 8Power is an attractive feature that distinguishes them from other solutions.”

 

For more information about 8power harvesting sensors, please contact us.

8power to host Fix Before Fail interactive webinar

 

Deritend, 8power and Engineering consultant Robert Peggs to show water companies how to Fix Before Fail in interactive webinar on remote condition monitoring and smart maintenance

 

8power, Deritend and Bob Peggs, an Engineering Consultant are to hold an interactive webinar at 2pm, 28th May 2020 on How to Fix Before Fail with Remote Condition Monitoring and Smart Maintenance.  Attendees will learn how intelligence led decision making through sensors can be delivered.  They will also learn about quick fix solutions available before machines are run too long, break and cost millions of pounds to replace.

 

Machine with sensors

 

Attendees will learn about:

  • How Fix Before Fail can be achieved through remote condition monitoring and smart maintenance
  • Water companies’ issues and priorities regarding maintenance at this current time
  • Typical cost savings that can be achieved
  • How water companies can respond to the changing climate, enabling better remote working
  • Innovative developments to help reduce energy and carbon footprint

 

The interactive webinar will include audience feedback and the opportunity to ask, answer questions and chat with peers.

 

COVID – 19 has fundamentally changed the way we work and this webinar will help attendees learn how they can monitor critical assets and Fix Before Fail all whilst operating with a reduced workforce and on site visits.  This interactive webinar will introduce attendees to the concepts of remote condition monitoring and smart maintenance so that they can understand how they can remedy assets before they break and use preventative and predictive maintenance programmes.

 

Paul Egan, CEO of 8power will show attendees how sensors can deliver powerful insights to help make smarter decisions and deploy staff more effectively.  He will also talk about typical costs savings that have been gained by some of 8power’s customers. 

 

deritend

 

Paul will be joined by Richard Hale, Managing Director of Deritend and Bob Peggs to talk about how the total cost of ownership at pump, station and full network optimisation, has been successfully deployed across a number of industries.

 

Register for the webinar to learn about how to be to more efficient and how running machines to the ground, risking over £1 million in extra costs can be avoided.