Danfoss introduces Smart Sensors and Edix communication tool

With the new Danfoss Smart Sensors, water pump and air compressor industry OEMs and operators have access to innovative design-in features – for instant fine-tuning, programming, and diagnostic capabilities

Danfoss has introduced its Smart Sensors, a digital and editable sensor electronics platform that enables operators to use new programmable features when developing and integration new sensors for their application. This, Danfoss claimed, has the potential to reduce development time throughout the design-in phase, minimise application downtime, and at the same time enable operators to access sensor diagnostics on-site. Another new feature is the access to Danfoss’ remote technical support whenever needed.

The sensor solution is built on the DST P140 pressure transmitter designed for water applications, as well as the new DST P300 pressure transmitter. A One-Wire-Interface (OWI) communication protocol allows easy access to the brain of the sensor via the electrical connector of the sensor – to “speak” with the sensor.

This is where the new Edix Smart Sensor tool comes into play. This matchbox-sized tool manages the communication protocol, and enables read and write capabilities through the wireless and intuitive Edix Smart Sensor web-app. Operators can use virtually any device with a web-interface as the user-interface.

Dennis B. Carstensen, sensor business development manager at Danfoss, commented: “With the communication tool Edix, operators now get relevant read and write capabilities. This allows OEMs and customers to shorten business-critical development time significant with quick sensor adaptation to new application needs – ensuring flawless pressure management when engineering booster-pump systems and similar applications for handling water.”

The new digital smart sensor platform is designed to optimise and ease the engineering process. For instance, users can adjust, fine-tune, and gain richer sensor data in the design-in and test phase – enhancing their business with several benefits such as shortening development time, monitoring health of the device without dismantling the sensor, improving time-to-market and success rate, and configuring basic settings to find optimal configuration before locking down on sensor parameters for volume purchase.

The company added that further enhancements to the Danfoss Smart Sensors platform, such as extended sensor programmability and advanced diagnostics, are already in the pipeline.