Wireless Load Cell

Internet of things (IoT) devices are a rapidly developing sector of technology. These devices offer a new alternative to traditional data monitoring methods, in their ability to wirelessly stream sensor data directly to remote servers in the cloud [1]. One of the primary benefits of this technology is the ability to
establish wireless monitoring systems. Implementing these devices allows for new potential opportunities in system monitoring where the traditional hardwired solutions were limited by both cost and setup difficulties. Scaffolding provides such an opportunity. Within previous research of scaffold shoring, a process where scaffolding systems are temporarily installed to provide support for a structure being built or repaired, monitoring systems had been implemented, and ’it was observed that such potential failure mechanisms are readily visible upon looking at the smart shoring system’s load distribution data’ [2]. However, despite yielding tangible results, the system was limited in its ease of implementation and cost, ’each sensor channel’s components cost approximately $4300 with a flat cost of roughly $1800 for the microprocessor [2]. An IoT solution could potentially overcome such issues. The primary aims of this project are:
1. Develop an IoT enabled load cell suitable for scaffolding implementation
2. Determine the most suitable mounting location for failure detection
3. Identify component choices for cost-efficient solutions
4. Implement a notification system to identify safe/unsafe operating loads