Danfoss Turbocor wanted improved data capture and communication methods. We designed the Smart Integration of Climate Chamber Operations, which allows access to three types of test data (sensor data, power failures and live test video), from anywhere in the world.
Our project consists of a smart network and an observation system. The former connects both climate chambers and data loggers to the Danfoss server, enabling remote access. The latter uses cameras to watch the chamber during testing and connects chamber videos to the server. Camera video is available live and recorded for review later. The final design is a small-scale model of the floor plan.
In the first stage, the team understood how the climate chambers and data loggers connect to the internet. This is important before users electronically access chambers. On the model, 3D printed pieces represent the new network and wires represent connections. In the second stage, the team researched possible cameras able to withstand the extreme environment of the climate chamber.
Using insulation lessens the cost of the camera necessary to withstand the extreme temperature range (-98˚F to 364˚F) for at least 10 years. A small screen displays live video so test engineers receive error messages directly and can visually watch tests in progress.