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SignalFire Wireless Telemetry Partners With Axess-Corrosion

Providing pipeline integrity with remote monitoring

Published: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 - 12:01

(SignalFire: Marlborough, MA) -- SignalFire Wireless Telemetry, a leading manufacturer of industrial wireless telemetry products, is partnering with Axess-Corrosion, a United Kingdom provider of corrosion monitoring sensors, to integrate SignalFire’s RANGER cellular transmitter in a new pipeline corrosion monitoring solution.

Monitoring pipeline corrosion is important to determine the ongoing degradation of pipes and prevent leaks, process challenges, and failures. The new pipeline corrosion monitoring solution from Axess-Corrosion combines the RANGER IoT transmitter with a sacrificial sensing probe to provide data and alarms on pipeline corrosion levels.

In operation, the probe, which is inserted into the pipe, is equipped with a depleting “sacrificial” membrane and can detect corrosion or erosion of the membrane as finite as 0.0001 in. By measuring depletion rate, the probe provides feedback on the predicted rate of corrosion on the pipeline wall. It is critically important to oil producers to receive feedback about the performance of expensive, corrosion-inhibiting chemicals and whether the dosage rate is optimal.

Using the latest cellular LTE CAT M1 with MQTT/SparkPlugB technology for remote locations, the battery-powered RANGER cellular transmitter powers the corrosion sensors, then gathers and transmits data from the sacrificial probe to the cloud for remote monitoring control and alarm from any web browser, including mobile devices. By publishing over cellular networks using MQTT and TLS security, the RANGER IoT cellular transmitter is isolated from local area networks to offer a more secure connection.

Operators can access data on pipeline corrosion status in real time from a computer or a mobile device, or by integrating the measurement over MQTT communication into their own data historian. The RANGER is also programmable to provide alarms by text or emails to specific personnel, and buffers up to 200,000 time-sampled measurements.

Many pipelines are located in isolated areas, so the RANGER cellular transmitter addresses the need for monitoring isolated measurements or “lone rangers” where it is cost-prohibitive or challenging to simply get a reading from a sensor.

“O&G operators spend millions of dollars a year on chemicals to minimize corrosion,” says Sandro Esposito, SignalFire vice president of sales and marketing. “With the RANGER incorporated within Axess’ pipeline corrosion monitoring solution, operators gain awareness of pipeline integrity with minimal infrastructure to address issues and optimize the use of chemicals. The RANGER also removes barriers in monitoring pipelines in isolated areas by delivering sensor data to the cloud. We have thousands installed in remote and harsh environments.”

“The RANGER provides Axess with the perfect solution for remote operating sites and clients that wish to monitor corrosion by exception,” says Roland Anderson, CEO of Axess-Corrosion. “The data sent by the RANGER also integrates seamlessly to our Hive software, and alarms are set for metal loss thresholds and trends. In addition, Axess has also integrated permanent wall thickness sensors, thermowells, and injection pump and tank data, all sent to Hive via the RANGER.”

Click here for more information about the RANGER or contact info@signal-fire.com.

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