Sentinel Suite™ Family of Advanced Diagnostics and Prognostics Tools

 

Sentinel Suite: A PHM Solutions Family

For over a decade, Ridgetop Group has been developing effective prognostics and health management (PHM) solutions for complex, critical systems  that  can  dramatically  reduce  lifecycle costs. Prognostics, or predictive diagnostics, is the ability to detect the onset of failure before it occurs. Ridgetop Group has pioneered the development of advanced methods of detecting physics-of-failure-based nasaindications of impending failure. Ridgetop’s approach deals with the extraction of unique “signatures” that are correlated to the impending failure conditions.

The Sentinel Suite Solution

Sentinel Suite is a family of advanced prognostic and health management solutions for electronic systems. These solutions offer end-to-end monitoring of systems and comprise sensors, anomaly detection, prognostic reasoners, and graphical visualization tools.

Sentinel Suite - Prognostic framework block diagram

Sentinel Suite – Prognostic framework block diagram

Sentinel Suite’s modular, adaptable, and accurate prognostic solutions enable condition-based maintenance (CBM), thereby reducing unscheduled downtime and unexpected maintenance costs.

Development Kits

00514a Economic & Safety Benefits of Diagnostics and Prognostics-01Development kits are available for each member of the  Sentinel  Suite  family to make adoption quick and easy. Contact Ridgetop for more information.

Prognostics indicate actual state of health and remaining useful life, eliminating the need to remove the system for maintenance based predetermined mean time between failures (MTBF).

Prognostic and Anomaly Detection Algorithms:

Ridgetop’s software reasoner technology and algorithms enabled advanced diagnostics and prognostics of electronic and electromechanical systems. These reasoners analyze data from any kind of sensor and provide insight as to the health of systems by detecting, extracting, and analyzing degradation and fault signatures. A system, although operational, may not be performing optimally, indicating a risk of unexpected failure.

These reasoners, developed by Ridgetop, are key components to the Sentinel Suite family. They include:

  • ARULE: The Adaptive Remaining Useful Life Estimatorsentinel-suite_arule_pic — Analyzes incoming sensor data and provides systems’ state of health (SoH) and remaining useful life (RUL) and can be used to detect degraded conditions to support proactive maintenance.
    • Detects anomlaies or changes in monitored equipment performance
    • Reports abnormal changes
    • Operates on data from power, actuator and vibrational/rotational applications

Sentinel Power

Sentinel Powersentinel-suite_sentinel-power is a product line that includes signature monitoring sensors, prognostic reasoners and a visualization tool. The Sentinel Power product line offers the SMRT Probe 4000, providing advanced diagnostics and prognostics for power systems and based on RingDown technology.

RingDown

Ringdown is a patented, non-invasive, stand-alone early warning approach to detecting the onset of component aging in most switched-mode power supplies. It provides an important capability that supports any electronic health management strategy for high-reliability systems.

Sentinel Motion

Sentinel Motionsentinel-suite_sentinel-motion is the solution that focuses on monitoring and analyzing vibrations in rotational equipment. This product line consists of RotoSense and RailSafe, along with development kits for applications in helicopters, such as RidgeGator. Sentinel Motion also provides answers to application challenges in wind turbines and other rotational systems.

Applications that Sentinel Motion products directly can be applied to include:

  • Sensing tool wear, chatter or spindle balance in CNC machines
  • Real-time down-hole vibration monitoring in oil and gas exploration
  • Vibrational signatures in rotating shafts
  • Detection of train wheel track conditions and other abnormalities
  • Gearbox monitoring
  • Turbine monitoring

Sentinel Interconnect

Diagram representation of SJ BIST implementation in a host circuit

Diagram representation of SJ BIST implementation in a host circuit

Sentinel Interconnect detects faults in solder joints, sockets, plugs, wires, cables and more. Comprising of two sensors, SJ BIST and TSV BIST, both of these products use an in-situ technology to provide monitoring during and after assembly, for lifetime reliability monitoring. These products are delivered as Verilog-instantiated IP cores for use in FPGAs, CPUs and other microelectronics packages.

Diagram representation of TSV BIST's IP, which incorporates SJ BIST and Q-Star PG-Mon

Diagram representation of TSV BIST’s IP, which incorporates SJ BIST and Q-Star PG-Mon

Sentinel Interconnect interfaces directly to the host IC or system through JTAG, I2C, SPI or other bus. SJ BIST and TSV BIST can be configured not only to detect faults and degradation, but to perform first-pass processing of the acquired data.

Sentinel IT

sentinel-suite_sentinel-itSentinel IT provides solutions for improving IT network reliability, providing comprehensive network management (NHM). NHM provides a comprehensive set of features, including UPS health monitoring and switch troubleshooting, allowing an easier and more efficient management of the network, including advanced “Industrial Internet” and IoT applications.

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Prognostic Health Management (PHM) of Electrical Systems Using Condition-based Data for Anomaly and Prognostic Reasoning
This paper presents an overview of signature-based PHM technology to detect anomalies and prognostic reasoning. A signature is extracted from condition-based data and is called a fault-failure progression (FFP) signature. Thereafter, a representative PHM system that extracts and processes dynamic degradation signatures for critical DC-regulated power is described beginning with a five-level hierarchical system model.
Prognostic Health Management (PHM) Solutions for Battery Packs Used in Critical Applications
This paper describes the innovative solution to improve the dependability and reliability of a NiCad battery system through monitoring and balancing the state of charge of each individual cell in a series-connected battery pack. This innovation significantly reduces maintenance and unnecessary battery pack replacement costs for critical military applications. The described application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solution detailed in this paper provides important prognostic, usage, and life-time feedback to the user and maintenance personnel.

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