One of the main areas of development for the Australian METS sector is WiFi-enabled digital-electronic sensing systems, commonly known as Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications to enable Industry 4.0. Examples include asset health, ground control and environmental monitoring, and sensing systems for use one robotics and drones. However in Australia it is difficult for developers of these new digital sensing systems to test new electronic products in an industry setting and a time-efficient way, and hence to be able to deliver current, commercial solutions to the resources sector.
In 2018 METS Ignited issued a call for interested parties to develop real or near real-world testing environments to form a network of “Living Labs” across Australia. The METS Ignited-BHP Fellowship-UWA-CORE supported Living [email protected] is the first of these. We have developed a) accelerated life testing and b) business processes to derisk site trials for IOT products.
The [email protected] leverages testing equipment (e.g. ovens, vibration shakers, UV rigs, IP ingress) to perform accelerated life testings and can also place IOT products on infrastructure available at the university. Testing is done by the System Health Lab engineers providing valuable work experience for the students involved.
To date the [email protected] team has delivered the following:
- UV, vibration and IP reliability assessment for MEMS-IOT device for major mining company.
- Performance testing of wireless MEMS-IOT vibration unit developed at UWA on rotating equipment
- Understanding of how to access the asset registers for university infrastructure equipment and test equipment held by academics in their labs.
- Administrative, legal, safety and technical procedures to support university site trials and derisk mine site trials
- Procedures for testing for UV, vibration, IP and EMC reliability to improve reliability and derisk certification testing.
- A set of checklists, co-developed with mining and METS companies, for mine site trial
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