How to Choose the Right Type of IIoT Sensor

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a powerful innovation that has been introduced to the world a couple of years back. The IIoT sensor technology has helped the industry managers to collect a huge amount of data about the workplace and the workers remotely.

However, it is important to note that one has to invest in high-grade sensors to effectively monitor each aspect of the premises, operations and the working. That is why you need to research well before deciding on a certain type of IIoT sensor.

Whether you are buying it directly from the manufacturer or from a market retailer, just keep the following things in your mind –

Clarity of Purpose

The first thing that should strike your mind before choosing an IIoT sensor is – why do I even need to install it? The industrial sensors serve various different needs and having clarity of your need is utmost important.

The sensors are majorly used for –

  • Evaluating how often the workstations are occupied
  • Monitoring how many workers are working on-site
  • Finding out ways for making the place pleasant for the workforce
  • Locating ways for improving energy efficiency, etc.

So, if you are unable to assess your requirement before, you will end up buying something that you don’t even need and wasting your money henceforth.

Knowledge about Different Types of Sensors

You have to understand that whatever be the purpose behind the installation of industrial-grade sensors, the end result would always lead to efficiency in operations and production.

Depending on what data you want to gather, there are different types of IoT sensors used across various industries –

  • Temperature Sensors: are used in FMCG and pharmaceuticals industries where temperature monitoring is very crucial.
  • Optical Sensors: are used to monitor electromagnetic radiation, i.e. light, electricity, and a magnetic field etc. These are commonly used in elevators, construction, healthcare, and telecom.
  • Proximity Sensors: are used for security purpose. These sensors help in identifying the presence of objects or people nearby without maintaining any kind of physical contact.
  • Smoke Sensors: are the most common types of sensors used almost everywhere from homes to hotels to big construction sites where chances of fire or gas leakage are there.
  • Pressure Sensors: help in gathering real-time data related to pressure changes in pressure-critical equipment such as boilers, water systems, aerospace, etc.

Reliability and Versatility

It is essential to invest in those types of sensors that can withstand harsh environments prevailing in the industries. For instance, if you talk about the sensors that used for monitoring water levels, are submerged in the water for long time periods and are prone to corrosion. Similarly, pressure sensors are exposed to varying levels of pressure and prone to disfigurement. Hence, all sensors need to robust enough to give accurate outputs without damaging themselves. To ensure this, the sensors and instrumentations should be of the highest quality and comply with standards of the regulatory body.

Another critical aspect to look for is the versatility offered by upcoming sensors these days that allow the detection of heavy metals (like mercury, arsenic, lead, etc.) in the surroundings and remove it before it harms the human and environmental health.


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