Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Solutions For Intelligent Condition Monitoring

When used in conjunction with a proactive maintenance approach, Bandweaver’s distributed fiber optic acoustic and temperature sensing systems provide the operator with real time critical information on their network. This assists in reducing planned and unplanned maintenance and avoiding catastrophic failure along with managing risk effectively. For the power & utility sector Bandweaver has developed the Real Time Thermal Rating (RTTR) software which has dynamic cable rating algorithms that have been developed according to CIGRE and IEC60287.

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Power and Utility Applications For Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing

Below are some of the applications within the power and utility sector that utilize Bandweaver’s range of distributed temperature and acoustic fiber optic sensors and intelligent software solutions. For the power & utility sector, Bandweaver has developed the Real Time Thermal Rating (RTTR) software which has dynamic cable rating algorithms developed according to CIGRE and IEC60287.

Power cable monitoring
Applications
  • HVAC and HVDC underground transmission power cables
  • Joint/Splice Manhole security
  • Overhead power lines utilizing OPGW (Optical Groundwire) and OPPC (Optical Path Phase Conductors)
  • Cable tunnels and cable bridges
  • Subsea cables, offshore substation and wind farms
  • Substation Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS)
  • Generating station perimeter protection
  • Substation and transformer cables
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Features and Benefits
Feature Benefits
Precise, real-time and actionable information at all points on the grid Rapid and focused decision making which improves custodianship over grid assets
Integrated thermal modelling of cables to industry standards (GIGRE & IEC) Improved situational awareness, increased compliance, reduced risk of fines and lower insurance premiums
Proactive, risk based maintenance using accurately measured real-time information Optimisation of planned maintenance program and reduction in unscheduled downtime
Monitoring and alarms at all points on the grid, including associated perimeters, entry and access points Improved security, lower potential for malicious or accidental third party intrusion (TPI)
Smart condition monitoring leads to effective prediction and prevention of equipment failure Reduced downtime leading to improved return on investment and delayed capital spending
Smart management of operations windows to predict and prevent operations in harsh environments Maximization of component lifetime increasing return on investment and delayed capital spending
Utilize existing telecoms infrastructure for sensing elements Ease of installation, lowering overall cost of ownership
System Approach

Bandweaver’s extensive range of sensors and integrated smart software solutions, combined with our ability to interface with industry standard communication protocols, enables us to tailor the system to meet your specific needs.

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RTTR System Overview
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Global Leader

With more than 300 employees and facilities in 4 global hubs and 450 projects across 6 continents, Bandweaver is committed to providing you with state of the art, reliable monitoring systems to improve the efficiency and security of your assets.

  • 10,000 sqm state-of-the-art production facility
  • More than 30 R&D Engineers
  • Class 100 clean room and testing facilities
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Reliability and Approvals

Bandweaver is ISO 9001 certified and undergoes a rigorous continuous improvement program and tests all of its products to leading international standards.
For the power sector, Bandweaver tests according to both industry standards (IEC, CIGRE) and customer specific type testing. These types tests include environmental, EMC test results and specific product qualifications. Reports can be made available on request.
In addition to our industrial monitoring customers, Bandweaver is also a leading international supplier to the telecoms industry which has some of the most stringent quality and reliability requirements.
Bandweaver has extensive in-house environmental testing facilities but also utilizes leading 3rd party testing houses for independent verification and approvals.

    • Extensive environmental testing on all products
    • Components to meet telecom standards > 31 years MTBF
    • Products are designed for low maintenance and cost of ownership (e.g. fan free design …)
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