Airline Component Manufacturing Monitoring

Project Synopsis:

This project focused on enhancing quality assurance in the manufacturing of airline components through the continuous monitoring of environmental conditions within testing rooms at a manufacturing facility. The primary goal was to ensure that the temperature, humidity, pressure, and occupancy levels in these rooms met the necessary standards. Over the course of a year in the field, we have been able to monitor requisite environmental conditions continuously with no loss of data

Past Attempts:

In the past, the client had attempted to collect and store environmental data using consumer-grade sensors which were connected to a consumer-grade application via their local WiFi network. This backhaul configuration not only caused security concerns on their local network, but provided spotty logging and reception due to network access switching.

Project Components:

Monitoring Equipment: The project deployed a network of LoRaWAN gateways installed in various facility buildings, coupled with LTE SIM cards to establish comprehensive LoRaWAN coverage. Additionally, LoRaWAN sensors were strategically placed within the manufacturing facilities to monitor temperature, humidity, pressure, and occupancy.

Application Layer and Insights: One of the driving benefits for this monitoring project was the ability to review data and insights from a cloud-based application. This portal ingests data from the sensors, displays their data in a user-friendly format, and is the nexus for alert and insight generation, pushing texts, emails, and webhooks according to business requirements.

Project Outcomes:

As a result of this initiative, the project successfully achieved the following outcomes:

Real-time Monitoring: The deployment of LoRaWAN gateways and sensors enabled real-time monitoring of environmental conditions, ensuring the continuous validation of temperatures, pressures, humidities, and occupancy levels within the testing rooms.

Quality Assurance: By consistently validating and maintaining appropriate condition ranges, the project contributed to the customer’s quality assurance efforts, affirming that their testing processes occurred under optimal conditions.

Data-Driven Decision Making: The project’s data collection capabilities empowered the customer with valuable insights, allowing them to make informed decisions regarding their manufacturing processes and quality control.

In summary, the project effectively employed LoRaWAN technology to monitor and maintain critical environmental parameters, thus bolstering the quality assurance procedures in airline component manufacturing. This proactive approach ensured that testing occurred within prescribed condition ranges, ultimately benefiting the customer’s quality control and manufacturing operations.

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