Sometimes losing air pressure is an annoyance which lowers productivity, other times it’s the cause of costly unplanned downtime. So the question is, would you like to be alerted if your shop air pressure started dropping?
What if the alert could reach exactly the right person (or people) wherever they are – by text message or e-mail?
We paired the Nanospark Monitor with a Presair adjustable pressure switch to create the Nanospark Pressure Monitor. Now your team can be warned of a pressure drop BEFORE it causes real headaches. The monitor is now available for sale in our online shop for $359.95.
But you may wonder:
• What comes with the Pressure Monitor?
• How do I install it?
• How do I configure alerts?
WHAT COMES WITH THE KIT
- Presair pressure switch, 1-125 PSI, field adjustable, pre-wired to monitor
- Nanospark monitor hardware
- 4.5″ Android phone with monitor app installed
WHAT YOU NEED TO SUPPLY
- WiFi network
- Power outlet
- Pipe fittings (switch has a 1/8 NPT threaded end)
- Access to a power outlet
- A strong WiFi signal
- Can pipe the switch into your shop air line. (The switch comes pre-wired to the hardware with 10′ leads, so you have some flexibility in terms of placement.)
- Connect the pressure switch to your air line (switch has a 1/8 NPT threaded end).
- Plug in the Nanospark Monitor hardware.
- After you see the “Board Connected” message displayed on the phone, Open the Machine Monitor app from the main screen of the tablet.
- Enter contacts within the app. (This is pretty intuitive, but there’s a Getting Started Guide included in the box, just in case.)
Configuring an Air Pressure Alert
Once you have a contact setup, you can configure an alert. So slide over to the notifications tab and:
- Touch the “New” button in the lower right corner
- Name the alert
- Select the Pressure Alarm input
- Set how long the alarm must be on in order to trigger an alert.
You’ll want to balance this between having enough time to respond to a problem and preventing false positives. A default baseline of 30 seconds may be a helpful starting point.
- Limit the time frame for this alert to be active; by default it’s always active
- Choose who should receive the alert. This can be multiple contacts.
- Select whether they should get a text message (SMS) or email alert.
- Customize the message if needed.
By default the message will read “[Name of alert]. Pressure Alarm is On.” (see first image)
Incidentally, you’re welcome to create as many contacts and alerts as needed within the app.