Most industries have increasing regulatory requirements and heightened public pressure to monitor their sites for air-borne and ground-based pollutants.
As a result, weather stations are a common sight at most industrial sites.
Our weather stations are designed and manufactured in Australia to suit harsh climates and the technical and environmental requirements of the Industrial sector.
But there are a number of varied uses and a number of ways to connect to your station.
Weather Station Applications
In order to meet compliance requirements, you typically need to record the weather conditions on an hourly basis at your site. The data needs to be collected regularly and you can then use the weather data in your reports, either as a response to a complaint, or as part of your record keeping.
Many of our customers find that while the original need for the weather station on site was to comply with an Environmental Licence, once they have the weather data available they can use it to manage their site more effectively.
This can be on a day to day basis for:
- monitoring for heat stress amongst employees and contractors
- forecasting work zones based on rainfall
- Adjusting work processes based on ambient conditions, such as wind speed and temperature.
Or over a longer term basis for:
- Analysing rain delays each month: Did the rainfall total occur during working hours or did an overnight downpour simply make access and working conditions unsuitable?
- Planning the development of new plant based on prevailing wind conditions: Where will any dust from the new mill drift?
Many industries today face continued pressure to become more efficient, both financially and environmentally, which requires process optimisation. An on-site weather station can assist in this process.
Weather data can be connected directly into a SCADA or process control system that allows the control system to automatically make decisions that provide efficiencies across many different areas of the business.
Complete Weather Station Solutions
Environdata typically provides a complete system including sensors, weather recorder, cables, masts and mounting equipment. We also offer installation and training and can help identify the best site.
Our weather stations have proven to be accurate, reliable, and rugged systems with an operational lifespan in excess of 10 years and are a genuine asset to industrial clients all over Australia.
Environdata’s EasiAccess software provides you with a simple and powerful reporting tool to greatly increase the efficiency of your reporting process. With easily customised and saved reports, you can quickly run reports such as:
- A wind rose for the last month, or from the 1st January to the 30th of June
- The rainfall summary on an hourly basis for the last 7 days
- The thermal work limit 10 minute summary, for the last 12 hours
Since the reports are easy to create and customise, you can have reports for any specific or general requirements.
Once you have run the report, you can easily export the graph or data table into your own application, such as Word or Excel.
Environdata weather stations are flexible and easy to connect to. You can interface to the weather recorder directly using a serial cable or via a MODBUS connection.
If choosing to interface directly to our weather recorder, we will happily provide you with our full protocol. Our commands and stored data are transmitted in a readable text format. We gladly provide free technical support to help achieve your interface.
If you choose to use MODBUS, you can use either MODBUS RS232/RS485 (serial), or MODBUS TCP (Ethernet), to provide you a simple industry standard communication connection.
Weather Sensors Only
Some customers choose to add weather sensors directly to their PLC or RTU without using our data logger, and we have designed solutions for this as well. Our weather sensors are robust, reliable, and designed to work in harsh environments, including substations, chemical processing plants and refineries.
Our sensors use pulse signal technology to enable long cable runs to be used with no interference even in electrically noisy environments. This simplifies placement and installation. We usually supply a complete solution including weather proof connectors and extension cables, mounting masts and sensor shelters, so that you receive a complete and robust solution for your site.
Where our sensors do not match your PLC/RTU inputs, we can supply industry standard 4-20mA converters and rain gauge pulse converters
If you wish to control a device based on the sensor output without using a PLC, then our stand alone sensor alarm could be used.
We can also duplicate the sensor signal to drive multiple alerts, or LED display, depending on your weather monitoring needs.
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