Essential Insight.mesh Wireless Condition Monitoring


Now ISA100.11a Certified!

Essential Insight.mesh is designed to address plant wide assets by augmenting your conventional hardwired permanent monitoring and hand-held portable monitoring strategies, allowing reliable and affordable condition monitoring where conventional technology has reached its limits.


One significant barrier to the adoption of conventional permanent monitoring has always been the complexity and costs associated with running the necessary hardwiring for signal and power. This problem is especially true for remote locations or hazardous areas of the plant.


Wireless technology overcomes the limitations of conventional wired and portable systems – delivering the data quality, quantity and access capabilities of permanent condition monitoring at a cost far lower than fully wired systems.


What is ISA100 and why does it matter?

ISA100 is an emerging family of standards for wireless automation and control devices, designed to not only address the rigors of industrial instrumentation and data reliability in such applications, but also to allow wireless devices among different vendors to interoperate. GE is an original member and co-chair on the ISA-100.11a standards committee and we are fully committed to the goals, objectives and adoption of this standard.


ISA100 certification:
• Assures interoperability
• Provides instant recognition
• Promotes a key product differentiator
• Allows equal and fair testing
• Provides registration authority


Many Applications, One Infrastructure 


ISA100 supports discrete measurements, vibration sensor waveforms, control, and other applications within the same network, providing both process data and device diagnostics.

End-User Vision Realized


ISA100 uses existing open (non-proprietary) technology and standards like 6loWPAN, 802.15.4 radio, and AES-128 security. ISA100 commoditizes the industrial wireless network so that end users can focus on value-added applications today and in the future.


More Information

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Essential Insight.mesh consists of the following:

  • wSIM*- a wireless mesh network node that supports up to four sensor inputs. Initially supporting vibration (dynamic waveform and static data) and temperature.
  • Essential Insight.mesh Repeater- a mesh-only node without I/O ports. This node extends the mesh network coverage for broader communications but does not directly support physically connected I/O.
  • Essential Insight.mesh Manager Gateway - a gateway node that enables communication with other networks and protocols; it also serves as the Essential Insight.mesh network manager.
  • Sensors - rugged and reliable vibration (accelerometer) and thermocouple probes.
  • System 1 software platform -- GE's Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics Software Platform; widely used across many industries. System 1 enables plant personnel to quickly identify events involving machinery and / or process upsets, analyze the root cause, evaluate the damage (or potential damage) to the machinery asset, and respond proactively to minimize asset downtime. In thousands of locations world-wide System1 is being used everyday to improve asset availability, reliability and to improve overall maintenance effectiveness.

Unlike conventional networks that require each device to connect directly with the host system, a mesh network allows each node to receive data from and transmit data to other nodes in their neighborhood. If a link is interrupted, numerous alternate paths are available to ensure continued communications. The network is also self-joining. As new nodes are deployed they are automatically detected and added to the network.

Each network node - or wSIM module - has the flexibility to be used either for sensor input, or as a Repeater to extend mesh network coverage over greater distances. This flexibility simplifies network maintenance and reduces spare parts requirements. Each sensor module supports up to four inputs that can be individually configured for vibration, including dynamic waveform and static data, or temperature.


Power Options

Power is available from a Lithium Thionyl Chloride cells or from optional energy harvester technology integrated with the wSIM node. Energy harvester technology is an innovative new feature that allows the machine’s vibration itself to serve as a power source via a miniature moving-coil generator. It is an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional power sources.

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