BinMaster Introduces Solar-Powered Gateway for Level Sensors

Solution installs level sensors on bins or silos in hard-to-reach locations where powering them up is a challenge.

Kevin Cronin, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2023

2 Min Read
Solar-Powered Gateway
BinMaster introduces the Solar-Powered Gateway for level sensors.Image courtesy of BinMaster Level Controls

No electricity? No worries! The BinCloud Solar Gateway offers a solution for installing level sensors on bins or silos in hard-to-reach locations where powering them up is a challenge.

The costs associated with hardwiring and hiring electricians can often hinder the path to automation and streamlining your operations. With the BinCloud Solar Gateway, you can now effortlessly monitor the fill levels of every bin or silo at any remote site, with hourly updates sent directly to the BinCloud software for automated inventory management.

Enjoy the benefits of automated inventory tracking even for bins situated in off-grid, remote areas. The BinCloud Solar Gateway provides the necessary power to operate two sensors and transmit data to the cloud once every hour. This system seamlessly integrates with non-contact radar level sensors or any 4-20 mA loop-powered sensors, ensuring compatibility and flexibility.

Installation of the BinCloud Solar Gateway is easy, and you won't see any increase in energy expenses. The gateway is powered by a 50W solar panel that charges a Lithium battery pack located within the BinCloud Gateway. This battery is capable of sustaining two sensors and the gateway itself, responsible for data collection and transmission to the cloud.

Mounting the solar panel and gateway is straightforward and easily affix to a wall or hand railing near the bin. In cases where no mounting structure is available nearby, an optional pole is securely bolted to the ground. The battery boasts an impressive 48-hour lifespan even without direct sunlight, ensuring continuous functionality as the level sensors take readings and the gateway transmits data once every hour.

With the BinCloud Solar Gateway, establishing connections between every bin and your BinCloud inventory system has never been more convenient. The BinCloud software, a user-friendly yet feature-rich graphical inventory management tool, allows you to gain comprehensive insights into the status of all your bins, tanks, and silos holding solids or liquids at every location. Industries such as cement plants, mining operations, and agricultural cooperatives or large farms often contend with bins located at considerable distances from power sources. In such scenarios, the BinCloud Solar Gateway serves as the essential component to complete your inventory management solution.

BinMaster/Garner Industries, Lincoln, NE 402-434-9125

About the Author(s)

Kevin Cronin

Editor-in-Chief, Powder & Bulk Solids

Kevin Cronin has been editor-in-chief, Powder & Bulk Solids, for 30 years. For several years, he also edited food and chemical industry publications. He received a B.A. in communications—with a concentration in journalism—from the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, in 1988.

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