Low-cost embedded real-time handheld vibration smart sensor for industrial equipment onsite defect detection

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In recent years, many industrialfacilities have been required to install sensing system to monitor the health status of the equipment. Although the PC-based diagnosis system is a good alternative, it undoubtedly increases the hardware cost greatly, and also causes restrictions on system assembly. In some critical environments, installation of the PC-based system is not suitable because of high temperature, dust, and humidity. On the contrary, a high mobility portable smart sensor will be relatively adequate for onsite inspections. To solve this problem, we developed a low-cost embedded handheld smart sensor. Instead of using sophisticated algorithms, certain frequently used statistic indicators are considered. Nevertheless, due to the resource limitations of the embedded systems, it causes difficulty for real-time realization and therefore, the recursive architecture of the statistic indicators is derived. These statistical factors are then fed into a Gaussian classifier for online defect detection, which gives a great contribution to field operators for onsite inspections. The highly integrated hardware/software co-design of the developed device provides user-friendly and high mobility for field inspections. Finally, a practical industrial application regarding the online diagnosis of a solenoid valve actuator defect is presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the developed embedded smart sensor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-478
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Open Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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