Running operations during lockdown
With restrictions on regular commuting due to COVID-19 crisis for all but those providing essential services, companies needing to perform regular checks on fill levels and stock are facing obstacles. This is affecting a wide variety of sectors, from farmers needing to travel and perform manual level checks on-site to ensure their livestock are fed and healthy, to logistics companies carrying out regular waste pick-ups in our cities.
The majority of workforces have had to move to working from home, and employees are having to implement social distancing – requiring more space for individuals. More stringent sanitary precautions are necessary with increased use of personal protective equipment and cleaning materials.
For many businesses needing to manage stock and supply levels while maintaining COVID restrictions, remote monitoring via sensor systems could provide the answer.
Remote level measuring systems
At a time when physical access to assets is limited, reliable remote access is invaluable. Smart measuring systems can successfully monitor a wide range of commodities including animal feed silos, waste containers, liquid levels (water, milk) and raw materials. Accurate real-time information obtained via smart sensors installed in silos or tanks can avoid unnecessary visits to stock facilities and enable effective planning for essential manual servicing. Remote monitoring also informs of the need to re-supply or re-stock in a timely manner, allowing for only essential staffing, limiting risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Benefits of smart level sensors
With many businesses already suffering as a result of the global health pandemic, being able to plan staffing needs using accurate and up to date information can provide valuable savings on staffing costs, helping to ensure the efficiency of your business operations. Additionally, employee safety is enhanced by using data to ensure that only essential onsite works are carried out and that staff exposure to potential virus vectors are minimised.
By reducing the need for frequent manual fill level inspections (often at considerable heights), you limit the potential for serious workplace accidents. At a time when treatment of accidents could have a significant impact on a health service already under strain, this is an added advantage not just to you, but to society at large.
Data obtained from a smart level system is far more accurate than that obtained from visual inspections, leading to a reduction in waste and more efficient stock management. Expensive emergency deliveries caused by lack of real-time information of stock levels result in additional unplanned costs – at a time when both global and local economies are already experiencing stagnation.
Terabee Time-of-Flight sensors
Terabee produces a range of ToF distance sensors that can be integrated in a number of level sensing applications, allowing real-time, remote and reliable level data monitoring. Our optical Time-of-Flight technology can provide measurements in tall silos (grain, animal feed bins), small containers (waste bins, fuel tanks) and confined spaces (underground rainwater sewage systems).
Time-of-Flight sensors are used for continuous level management, providing persistent and precise information for proactive inventory management. Based on innovative technology, our Time-of-Flight sensors offer some of the greatest performance to price ratios available on the market today.
Meet Terabee’s pioneering LoRa Level Monitoring XL, a completely unique product designed to satisfy the needs of users across a broad spectrum of level monitoring applications. Based on a tried-and-tested Time-of-Flight LED technology, LoRa Level Monitoring XL is a wireless, self-powered and convenient to use level monitoring solution, transmitting level data directly from silos, using LoRaWAN.
The system enables operators to optimize stock replenishment, cut operational costs and reduce dangerous silo audits.
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We provide off the shelf sensors with easy ‘plug and play’ technology. Terabee will help you evaluate and test systems and provide the expertise and support to customise systems and suit your specific application and project requirements.
Or why not engage in a PoC project with us, to evaluate the Time-of-Flight technology for your application!