Technology start-up Sensor-Works is eyeing a ten-fold jump in turnover through the launch a new version of its ‘Fitbit for machines’ device.

The Livingston-based business has developed the device which uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor the health of machines.

Up to now the technology has been aimed at large manufacturers but a new ‘entry level’ machine condition monitoring device has been developed in partnership with CENSIS, Scotland’s innovation centre for sensing and imaging systems (SIS) and IoT technologies. The device will give SMEs the opportunity to take advantage of sensor technology they may have previously been priced out of.

Sensor-Works’ product monitors metrics that indicate the health of machines, including vibration and temperature. This allows for quicker detection of faults within machinery to avoid breakdowns and minimise downtime, saving users time and money.

The device can be connected to a mobile device through Bluetooth via a downloadable app.

Ian Bain, managing director at Sensor-Works, said: “While larger companies require more precise monitoring data on their machinery, most smaller manufacturers only need to know that there is a problem as early as possible. Using our existing expertise, we’ve been able to broaden our offering to create a device that makes condition monitoring technology more affordable while maintaining reliability.

Paul Winstanley, chief executive at CENSIS, said: “Sensor-Works’ latest development, which seeks to open machine condition monitoring technology up to SMEs, is an exciting project that will help a small tech business grow, while increasing accessibility to IoT technology.

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“By helping companies take initial ideas to the next stage, we are working to position Scotland as a hub of IoT innovation.”



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