FOSA Case Studies & Papers
Fiber optic sensing examples and technical papers.
To keep operations running smoothly, plant operators safe and unplanned downtime minimal, monitoring the health of equipment is critical. When equipment fails it typically results in loss of production, loss of products, and ultimately loss of profits. In the past, a shift operator would walk the line and visually inspect or audibly listen for faults along the equipment, such as a conveyor belt. Manual inspections expose personnel to hazardous environments, is difficult to do in harsh weather conditions and is very time consuming. Now there is a safer, more efficient and reliable method to monitor equipment health and protect assets, a Fiber Optic Sensing System.
This revolutionary technology has the capability to monitor conveyor health, pipeline leak detection, monitor ground disturbances, identify manual and machine excavation, vehicle movement, hot tapping both above and underground, perimeter security monitoring and rail network health. Rather than traditional point instruments, the Fiber Optic Sensing System is distributed alongside the equipment, thereby the entire cable is able to sense disturbances to the application. The intuitive Fiber Optic System can sense sound (acoustics and vibration), acting as a hypersensitive microphone at every point in the fiber, listening for potential problems. It can also sense temperature, acting as a thermometer to detect heat or thermocouple at every point along the fiber, feeling for potential problems. The Fiber Optic System can also sense strain, detecting tiny changes in stress and strain in the application therefore predicting breakages and failures before they have a chance to occur.