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PsiKick and Thermaxx Partner on Smart Steam System for Energy Efficiency

By Ken Briodagh May 20, 2019

PsiKick, wireless, batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems provider, recently announced it has partnered with Thermaxx to jointly deliver smart, IoT-based industrial steam system monitoring and energy efficiency solutions. Thermaxx specializes in designing and manufacturing custom removable insulation covers for commercial and industrial insulation applications.

Uninsulated steam systems and steam trap failure leads to significant energy waste, downtime, and potential safety hazards. Thermaxx reportedly will integrate PsiKick’s batteryless sensor system into its Smart Jackets, delivering an all-in-one solution for insulation, measurement and verification, and real-time steam trap failure detection. The solution provides instant energy savings by retaining what would normally be waste heat, while also alerting facility operators to failed steam traps that would otherwise purge steam energy until the next manual inspection.  PsiKick’s sensors stream data via an IoT gateway every 60 seconds to its cloud interface, where that data is analyzed to determine trap-state and generate real-time alerts and notifications.

“Many facilities already depend on Thermaxx’s insulation jackets to save energy and money; by switching to our batteryless sensor technology, these customers can now realize even more savings with a truly maintenance-free real-time monitoring solution,” said Brian Alessi, Director, Product Marketing & Business Development, PsiKick. “We’re pleased to be working with Thermaxx and look forward to seeing this partnership grow.”

“Energy conservation is key to our customers when installing our Smart Jacket insulation blankets, but they have also asked for more information about the components our jackets are covering. To be able to deliver that without adding the maintenance headache of battery replacement is an ideal situation,” said Philip Johns, CEO, Thermaxx. “The PsiKick STM system is entirely synergistic to our products and becomes a great way to add value for our clients. We’ve already installed the PsiKick STM into large sites in Manhattan and look forward to continued success with the product.”

PsiKick’s proprietary batteryless sensors are powered exclusively from miniscule amounts of harvested energy. For example, two degrees Celsius temperature differences or 100 Lux (less than that of most dimly lit facilities) can generate all the power required for PsiKick’s devices to measure, process, and wirelessly transmit data, the company said.




Edited by Ken Briodagh
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