Sensors must show they can perform all the time, anywhere
Reliability in the Waste Life Cycle

Reliable service. Whether it’s for on-site safety, sanitary requirements or project timeline demands, waste generators count on reliable service from waste haulers. If timely service is not provided, a waste generator’s bottom line could suffer and a waste hauler could lose a customer.

Reliable equipment. For haulers to provide reliable service, they depend on equipment, from containers to trucks, that is built to last regardless of waste material or environmental conditions. That’s why haulers are more likely to work with container manufacturers, such as Wastequip, who take measures to certify their containers’ durability by implementing heavy gauge steel floors, fully welded in-seams and rust-inhibiting primers, and truck manufacturers, like Mack, who focus on building trucks “tough enough to carry an entire industry.”

Reliable technology. With continuous advancements in hardware technology and the growing acceptance of “Internet of Things” sensors, the waste industry has opened its doors to tech that can enhance their customer service, streamline operations and simplify analysis. More specifically, we’ve seen the wide adoption of in-cab tablets and cameras in trucks and, most recently, the use of sensors in containers to monitor location, fullness and motion.

For sensors to be widely adopted in our industry, they too must prove their reliability.

Designing a Reliable Container Sensor

In developing our sensor, we truly embraced the “industrial” in the “Industrial Internet of Things” and made certain it could withstand the harsh environments a container might find itself in, allowing it to reliably collect and send data all the time, anywhere.

“Our design approach has been to build our sensors from the ground up with a specific industry purpose and conduct specific tests that simulate real world conditions to verify performance.”?—?Alex Millie, Director of Mechanical Engineering, Compology

Temperature: We’ve thoroughly tested the ability of our sensor, which includes the enclosure and internal electronics, to withstand prolonged extreme temperatures and have verified that our sensors are operational from -40F to +185F.

Impact/Force Resistance: Our enclosure is constructed to withstand 15,000 lbs of crush force! Our manufacturing process also includes thorough drop and tumble tests that mimic container movement and potential impact on all faces of the sensor. For roll-off containers, we go one step further, adding additional protection in the form of a steel shield with the same thickness of the container walls.

A crush force of 15,000 lbs means our sensor can be run over by a front-load truck and come out unharmed. More importantly, the casing is designed to withstand sudden impacts. We’ve worked with haulers to verify the sensor can survive backhoe-arm swings, dragging roll-off containers with the shovel and numerous other abuses that would be catastrophic to most products, but are regular happenings inside a container. 

Alex Millie – Director of Mechanical Engineering – Compology

GPS and Cell Reception: Our GPS and cell antennas are not only tested in various environments, but also specifically tuned for optimal reception even in the most remote locations and most specifically, as attached to large steel containers and lids that could potentially block signal.

We chose cellular LTE due to its extensive and robust network infrastructure allowing us to deploy in urban, rural and even remote locations without interruption in service. 

Jay Longson – Lead Hardware and Electrical Engineer – Compology

Wide-angle Cameras: The wide-angle lens allows us to capture the entire interior of a large industrial (roll-off) or commercial (front load) container with clarity, even in the occurrence of partial view blockage by debris. Additionally, the built in flash allows for image capture in dark environments.

Power: Our lithium thionyl chloride (Li-SOCI2) battery is the same composition as that used to power NASA’s Mars Pathfinder. The battery and sensor are designed to use minimal energy, allowing for 5 plus years of battery life! (and, when it’s time for a replacement, Compology takes care of it as part of our full service model).

Providing a Full-Service Offering

In our industry, things don’t always go as planned in harsh conditions. That’s why our commitment to reliability extends beyond our thoroughly tested sensors to our business practices and full service customer support. Compology takes on the responsibility of installation, maintenance and ongoing support so our customers can focus on their business.

“ We’re confident in the durability and consistent performance of our sensors, but we want to go even further in removing any reliability concerns. We want our customers, and their customers, to know Compology as a trusted partner. If our sensor runs into an issue, it’s on us to fix it, not our customer. 

Jason Gates – CEO – Compology

Written By

Ben Chehebar - Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer - Compology

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