Title: A wireless environmental sensor network for the condition monitoring of paper rolls at printing facilities

Authors: Faouzi Kamoun; Sami Miniaoui

Addresses: College of Technological Innovation, Zayed University, P.O. Box 19282 Dubai, UAE ' College of Information Technology, University of Dubai, P.O. Box 14143, Dubai, UAE

Abstract: A continuous monitoring system, based on wireless sensor networks, is proposed to help preserve paper rolls at printing facilities and paper mills. The system consists of four main components: environmental monitoring nodes, a base station, an application/database server and a remote monitoring station. By continuously monitoring temperature and moisture levels, the system is able to alert maintenance staff to take appropriate actions when the monitored environmental levels go beyond their operating range. The sensor nodes can also be configured to proactively take corrective actions to readjust the temperature and moisture levels. As a pilot study, a prototype system was successfully built for the remote monitoring of temperature and humidity at a local printing facility. This study demonstrates the successful application of wireless sensors to help safeguard paper stock and reduce unplanned production down-time at printing facilities and paper mills.

Keywords: information systems; information technology; wireless sensor networks; WSNs; environmental monitoring; technological innovation; condition monitoring; paper rolls; printing industry; paper mills; remote monitoring; temperature levels; moisture levels; humidity levels; maintenance engineering; wireless networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2014.060376

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2014 Vol.15 No.4, pp.392 - 409

Published online: 07 Jun 2014 *

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