FDB early acknowledged the fact that real time processing power available through the NI CompactRIO platform allows desk-top computing power at the sensor level. By exploiting this platform, FDB developed and continues to develop a string of instruments. The instruments characterized by the use of standard sensors but comprehensive and robust real –time analysis, that when combined offers unique insight of the flow observed. The FDB instruments also stand out by their possibility to create reports, but also by communicating results/reports on a wide variety of industrials protocols but also regular text-messages and e-mail.
The CM uses standard sensors positioned on exterior faces of the fluid machinery under investigation. A NI CompactRIO unite acquires, process and analyze data, and report a measure indicating cavitation intensity within the flow. In practice this measure act as cavitation detection, in an industrial flow context, in addition to indicating relative strength of the cavitation. The development of the instrument also constituted a part of the phd- work delivered by FDB’s Jarle Ekanger in 2016.
The IM reuses much of the principles and sensor-technology behind the Cavitation Monitor, but with a focus on detecting impacts between solids and wetted walls within the fluid machinery. The IM reports impact statistics including number of impacts and strength of impacts.
EasyDAQ, FDBs entry model for data acquisition, typically configured to acquire mA and Voltages signals and with easy display and storage opportunities. Choose between stand-alone and lap-top driven data acquisition (DAQ). The EasyDAQ hardware allows further client specified customization in order to fit specific needs.
FDB’s water-quality monitor acquire input from any type sensor such as pressure, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH etc. The uniqueness of FDB’s solution lays in the ability to process and report data as they are collected, and the possibility to expand the system by adding units and sensors.