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RFID Helps Heating Systems Stay Sludge-free

Maintenance workers can use a smartphone app and NFC RFID technology from Tagproduct to monitor and adjust Temiq's Ninox device, which is designed to remove particles from water circulating in a boiler.
By Claire Swedberg

For this reason, the desludgers are rarely preset with a specific schedule for flushing out the accumulated material, nor are they inspected to determine how much material has been accumulating. Temiq wanted to offer a simple solution that would enable operators, such as thermal installers or employees in charge of a heating plant's boilers, to capture data and adjust settings wirelessly.

Temiq worked with Tagproduct for approximately one year to create a solution in a simple and compact system consisting of an NFC RFID tag connected to the microprocessor on an electronic card built into the Ninox desludger. The system also includes an app for NFC-based Android phones or tablets, says Tagproduct spokesperson Stéphane Racamier, as well as cloud-based software for managing data captured from the devices.

The desludger's built-in NFC tag stores data from a sensor that measures the amount of sludge collected. The tag also stores settings specific to how much sludge should be collected and when it should be released. To access information about the desludger's operation, a worker can tap an NFC-enabled phone containing the downloaded Tagproduct app. The app displays that data on the mobile phone and also sends it to the cloud-based software so that it can be stored for managers and other interested parties. In addition, the app can be used to change the desludger's settings, and to forward details about those changes to the cloud-based software.

To date, Temiq has been selling the solution customized for specific customers who pay a licensing fee for the software and app. For these customers, the company reports, the benefit is ensuring that their boilers are operating properly by detecting any problems in the desludging process before they can damage the boiler itself. It also saves labor time for maintenance personnel as they collect or change data stored on the device's microprocessor via their phone's NFC RFID reader, Chenebault says.

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