MSMU - Multi-Sensor Monitoring Unit

Multi-Sensor Monitoring Unit (MSMU)

Automatically capture vibrations, temperature, acoustic events

With more than 80% of work performed in U.S. Nuclear Plants associated with surveillances or preventive maintenance activities (NEI 2017), operators can finally automate the process with a superior solution saving time, money, and resources, all while improving safety!

Realize:

  • Eliminate the need for manual measurements
  • Cost reductions
  • Reduce unplanned outages
  • Make better decisions with better, more timely, information

Automated
Sensors

Continuous
Monitoring

Comprehensive Data
for All Events

The Needs:

  • Minimize or even eliminate the need for staff to be present
  • Reduce the frequency of pump test starts (by acquiring high-fidelity data)
  • Be non-intrusive
  • Communicate with a mobile server with a secure radio signal
  • Run for extended periods of time without battery replacement (2 years)
  • Capture useful data only and time stamp it
  • Be safe, rigid, and water resilient
  • Be time synchronized
  • Capture vibrations, temperature, and acoustic events

The Solution: Automated Sensors with Realtime Updates

MSMU Solution - Automated Sensors
MSMU - Multi-Sensor Monitoring Unit

Save Time, Money & Resources

The Automated Multi Sensor Monitoring Units (MSMU’s) use data to help nuclear power plants to operate efficiently and safely. With more than 80% of work performed in U.S. Nuclear Plants associated with surveillances or preventive-maintenance activities (NEI 2017), it’s time to automate the process with a superior solution that saves time, money, and resources.

  • Safety is improved
  • Unplanned outages reduced
  • Costs reduced

Benchmark Case Study

Developing a Custom Remote Sensing Solution for Nuclear Power Plants

Benchmark’s case study uncovers the benefits of surveillance or preventive-maintenance activities remotely.
Benchmark Case Study - Developing a Custom Remote Sensing Solution for Nuclear Power Plants

Benchmark Secure Technology, experts and leaders in sensor manufacturing for the U.S. Military, and Knowledge Relay, the leader in data and analytic solutions for the Energy Industry, joined to create a custom, secure, wireless sensor solution to replace costly manual processes by developing the MSMU with the guidance of Idaho National Laboratory (U.S. Department of Energy).

MSMU Solution - Automated Sensors

Automated Sensor Integration

  • Monitors:
    • Acoustic
    • Temperature
    • Vibration
  • Magnetic Installation
  • Battery Powered (2-yr. life)
  • Secure Radio Transmission of Data
  • Automatic Event Capturing

Reliable data can help nuclear power plants operate more efficiently and safely.

Many nuclear facilities in the U.S. operate equipment that pre-dates connected, self-monitoring machines. Any potential sensor network could involve running new cables around the nuclear facilities but, it would require secure, wireless signals that would not interfere with existing infrastructure.

Benchmark and Knowledge Relay’s sensor network was piloted and tested extensively. It proved to be a success, starting up and shutting down with the RHR pump and consistently generating data.

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