Everactive Machine Health Monitoring May Address COVID-19 Supply Chain Concerns

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Everactive, based in Santa Clara, California, has raised its profile as a pioneer of wireless (and batteryless) technology by introducing its Machine Health Monitoring (MHM) solution, designed to deliver real-time, maintenance-free insights into the health of rotating equipment, such as motors, pumps, fans, and compressors.

According to Brian Alessi, Director, Product Marketing & Corporate Communications at Everactive, this service launch is especially timely.

“As essential manufacturing industries like pharmaceuticals, food & beverage, and consumer packaged goods ramp production with limited hands-on access due to COVID-19, Everactive’s MHM can help ensure uptime and sustained output through these vital supply chains,” he told SCMR in an interview.

Everactive’s wireless sensor network operates without batteries, instead using the company’s proprietary Eversensors, which are powered exclusively from low levels of “harvested energy”—in this case, a warm machine surface or dim indoor light.  Without requiring any upfront capital expenditure or ongoing battery maintenance, Everactive provides a data-rich continuous monitoring service at a cost-effective annual rate.

By transmitting vibration, temperature, and magnetic field data to the cloud continuously, Everactive’s MHM solution detects machine faults earlier than competing offerings.  Utilizing batteryless sensors that themselves never require any maintenance, MHM allows plant personnel to deploy already limited maintenance resources only when and where they are required.  Such a cost-effective approach lets operators monitor all machines, regardless of size, helping to optimize overall plant efficiency. 

“Our Machine Health Monitoring solution alerts plant operators to critical machine issues in real-time and across all machines, resulting in increased uptime, improved equipment efficiency, and reduced energy usage,” said Bob Nunn, CEO of Everactive.  “Without the maintenance and waste that comes with batteries, plants can implement predictive maintenance at scale, delivering the type of pervasive remote monitoring that has become all the more vital in the wake of COVID-19.” 

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Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

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