Banner New Technology Touts Effortless Maintenance

Industrial automation manufacturer Banner Engineering has introduced a new family of products that simplifies the monitoring of equipment in factories and other industrial applications. Thus, enabling predictive maintenance, to reduce costs and to maximize manufacturing uptime.

These new products include two customizable and scalable systems that enable users to immediately begin capturing data from sensors by attaching them to existing manufacturing assets, such as conveyor systems, industrial fans, pumps, electric motors, compressed air systems, and dust-collection units. Banner Monitoring Solutions keep assets operating efficiently, prevent costly unplanned downtime, and help ensure machines deliver consistent, high-quality output.

Banner Asset Monitoring Gateway collecting air compressor performance data. (Image: Banner Engineering)

Simple-to-Install Monitoring System

The core of each system is a compact, centralized device called a monitoring gateway, placed on or near machine assets. Moreover, the Asset Monitoring Gateway with SNAP ID has a touchscreen display for local viewing of machine performance, can connect via wires up to 20 sensors, and monitors one or multiple nearby pieces of equipment. Facilities with many pieces of equipment can use the Asset Monitoring Gateway with BANNER CLOUD ID. This can receive data from up to 40 wireless sensor nodes spread across many assets.

This graphic depicts the difference between the two Asset Monitoring Gateways: SNAP ID for monitoring one or multiple nearby pieces of equipment, and BANNER CLOUD ID for monitoring many sensor nodes across multiple assets. (Image: Banner Engineering)

Each system’s design can quickly deploy without programming and has automatic recognition of compatible sensors or sensor nodes. Particularly, these sensors and sensor nodes can gather real-time measurements of current, pressure, temperature, vibration, tank level, dew point, or other relevant variables.

“Facility managers may be unaware that a low-cost, simple-to-install monitoring system like this exists,” says Luke Karnas, Sr. Director, Automation Solutions at Banner Engineering. “It’s the quickest and lowest risk path to get into predictive maintenance.”

In addition, both monitoring gateways offer cellular or Ethernet connectivity and streamlined integration with Banner Cloud Data Services (Banner CDS). Customizable dashboards in Banner CDS provide global visibility into machine health and performance. Hence, can deliver condition-based text and email alerts.

From left: Asset Monitoring Gateway with BANNER CLOUD ID, Asset Monitoring Gateway with SNAP ID (Image: Banner Engineering)

Application Examples

To help users customize a monitoring solution package, Banner provides a web-based Bundle Builder tool. Particularly, this tool allows users to select a monitoring gateway, wired sensors or wireless sensor nodes, compatible mounting brackets, and connectivity components. In addition, application engineers are available to help customers build their solution via phone or chat.

The following are just a few of the many applications for a Banner monitoring solution:

Banner Engineering manufactures industrial automation products that include sensors, smart IIoT and industrial wireless products. In addition, it also manufactures LED lights and indicators, machine safety equipment, as well as barcode scanners and machine vision devices. For these reasons, these products help produce the cars we drive, the food we eat, and the medicine we take. Furthermore, with the many of the things we touch every day.

Headquartered in Minneapolis since 1966, Banner is an industry leader with more than 10,000 active products, operations on five continents, and a worldwide team of over 5,500 employees.