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Cost Savings Through Optimization

One of the most important challenges faced by rail locomotive operators is maximizing uptimes and lengthening service intervals while preserving the operating integrity of large rotating engines.Poseidon Systems’ Industrial IoT solution can avoid unexpected downtimes by monitoring oil & other lubricating fluids for wear debris, online oil condition monitoring, vibration, and other sensors that foretell mechanical failures. Our sensors can detect excessive levels of moisture, combustion by-products, and other contaminants, enabling predictive maintenance activities based on the health of the engine. Additionally, our engine-mounted sensors provide maintenance technicians with the information that enable our customers to keep their locomotives in operation for longer without breakdowns, and also gives them the advance knowledge of when maintenance—whether minor or major—is coming due sooner than expected, before a catastrophic failure occurs. This data and information helps customers maximize uptime, eliminate remote oil testing costs, and especially maximize revenues.

Detect Faults with Wear Debris Monitoring

Poseidon’s advanced online wear debris sensors can detect, classify, and size a number of particles in the oil of your locomotive engine in order to detect faults and other issues earlier than other kinds of oil analysis. Poseidon’s Trident DM sensors are able to provide the necessary insight in order to increase reliability and in turn cost savings for the operator. Poseidon’s wear debris sensors provide the earliest reliable detection of mechanical failures in locomotive engines allowing for earlier maintenance.

Optimize O&M with Online Oil Condition Monitoring

Poseidon’s line of online oil condition sensors eliminate the need for periodic fluid sampling and greatly decrease O&M expenses. Limitations of offline oil analysis often fail to identify faults leading to costly secondary damage or wasted oil changes, which can be quite expensive. Poseidon’s Trident QM/QW sensors can detect a number of conditions regarding the oil health in locomotive engines and optimize your operations by enabling oil changes to be performed only when needed rather than on a time-based schedule.

Wheel Bearing Monitoring & Grease Wear Levels

Poseidon’s handheld ferrous metal debris monitor allows for customers to immediately understand the heath and ferrous debris concentration of greased wheel bearings and other greased equipment. This provides the closest option to real-time monitoring of greased bearings and enables faults to be detected with sooner and with increased ease than if using grease samples sent for offline lab analysis, which in turn saves money in a variety of ways.

How Does It Work?

Shows how Poseidon Sensors collect and analyze data from locomotives

Poseidon oil condition monitoring sensors can easily be installed into your locomotive and will start collecting and reporting real-time data on a number of properties about the health of the oil in your locomotive engine. Poseidon Systems utilizes a suite of sensors; including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), a sensing method based on analyzing a fluid’s electrical properties across a range of frequencies, to collect more information than single-frequency dielectric or conductance sensors.

Poseidon Live immediately notifies you when it detects something to be concerned with, so you can investigate and resolve the root cause as soon as possible to prevent costly secondary damage or catastrophic failure. Furthermore, this data can be used to reduce O&M costs by optimizing your maintenance and repair schedule, including eliminating a time-based oil change schedule. Poseidon’s sensors enable you to have a real-time understanding of the health of the oil in your engine, meaning you can extend oil’s useful life and only change the oil when it actually needs to be changed. This can result in extreme cost savings and less wasted oil.

Why Poseidon Systems?

Poseidon Systems is here to support you and your individual reliability goals, from start to finish. We can provide sensors for what you need and provide solutions to your specific challenges. Poseidon can provide individual sensors for oil condition monitoring or we can provide you with a complete system of sensors and solution including wear debris, viscosity, direct relative humidity measurements, etc.; including a full IIoT solution.

Regardless of which Poseidon sensors are right for your business, Poseidon Systems has an advanced Industrial IoT platform to help you understand the data and apply it to your reliability goals. Poseidon Live cloud-based monitoring software allows customers to perform analyses utilizing multiple data sets, including online oil condition sensor data and SCADA system data in order to get a holistic view and understanding of the health the of oil in your locomotive.

Poseidon’s ability to collect real-time data from a network of different sensors and immediately connect it to a robust IIoT platform creates a differentiated solution system and the best value to our customers.

Poseidon Live Interface

What We Do & Our Approach

Poseidon Systems designs and manufactures sensors to help optimize operations and reduce O&M costs for our customer. Our online wear debris sensors are able to provide the earliest fault detection of any condition-based monitoring solution and adds value to our customer’s operations in a number of different ways. Early fault detection reduces O&M costs through better planning and reduced downtime and extends the locomotive’s useful life.

Poseidon is able to deliver real, applicable results to our customers. Key benefits of Poseidon’s online wear debris sensors include the ability to detect, size, and classify metallic particles as ferrous vs. nonferrous, the ability to provide real-time, online locomotive health information, and most importantly reduce secondary damage as a result of mechanical faults . The online, real-time information

enables to ability to find emergent mechanical issues sooner than traditional semiannual oil sampling practices. The real-time, conditional based monitoring approach Poseidon takes enables our customers to take the earliest action possible and prevent further damage to the locomotive, which can be quite expensive for locomotives. Additionally, online oil condition monitoring enables operators to extend locomotive life and make less unnecessary replacements and save up to millions of dollars a year. 

Proven Results

Poseidon Systems has years of experience making sensors and providing monitoring solutions to our customers.

Read more about how we have saved customers time and money through our combination our advanced online sensors and robust data analysis platform:

Real-Time Locomotive Health Monitoring

Poseidon Systems is unique in our ability to provide direct information regarding all areas of the locomotive. Poseidon’s online oil condition monitoring sensors and wear debris sensors offer direct insight into the health of the engine and can detect faults in their earliest stage so the best plan to reduce future issues can be implemented. Poseidon’s data can be easily collected using Poseidon’s Industrial IoT network and analyzed using Poseidon Live, as described above and combined with offline data results to provide the best information for our customers.

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