Solar-powered gateway a solution for bins, silos

By |  October 31, 2023
BinMaster says the new BinCloud solar gateway can serve as a component to complete an operation’s inventory management solution. Photo: BinMaster

BinMaster says the new BinCloud solar gateway can serve as a component to complete an operation’s inventory management structure. Photo: BinMaster

BinMaster launched the BinCloud solar gateway as a solution for installing level sensors on bins and silos in places where providing power proves to be challenging.

According to BinMaster, the BinCloud solar gateway allows users to effortlessly monitor the fill levels of bins and silos at remote sites. Hourly updates are sent directly to BinCloud software for automated inventory management, the company adds.

As BinMaster describes, the BinCloud solar gateway system seamlessly integrates with non-contact radar level sensors or any 4-20 mA loop-powered sensors – ensuring compatibility and flexibility.

Installation of a BinCloud solar gateway is simple, BinMaster adds. A 50-watt solar panel powers the gateway, charging a lithium battery pack located within the BinCloud gateway. The battery is capable of sustaining two sensors, the company says, with the gateway responsible for data collection and transmission to the cloud.

Mounting the solar panel and gateway is also straightforward, according to BinMaster. It can be fixed to a wall or a handrail near a bin. In cases where no mounting structure is available, an optional pole can be securely bolted to the ground.

BinMaster says the battery boasts a 48-hour lifespan even without direct sunlight, ensuring continuous functionality as the level sensors take readings and the gateway transmits data once every hour.

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