What Is Amazon Monitron? - Amazon Monitron

What Is Amazon Monitron?

Amazon Monitron is a machine learning (ML) end-to-end condition monitoring solution system that detects potential failures within equipment, enabling you to implement a predictive maintenance program and reduce lost productivity from unplanned machine downtime. Amazon Monitron includes purpose-built sensors to capture vibration and temperature data; gateways to automatically transfer data to the AWS Cloud; and a mobile application for system setup, analytics, and notification when tracking equipment condition. Reliability managers can quickly deploy Amazon Monitron to easily track the machine health of industrial equipment—such as bearings, motors, gearboxes, and pumps—without any development work or specialized training.

Using sensors mounted on your equipment and industry-recognized vibration standards and machine learning techniques, Amazon Monitron analyzes data for indications of potential equipment failure. It notifies you about developing faults so you can resolve them before they become more serious problems. With Amazon Monitron, you can schedule corrective maintenance activities more effectively to limit productivity losses and minimize repair costs that can result from catastrophic failure of your equipment.

The sensors capture both temperature and vibration data and send it to the AWS Cloud using gateways that fit unobtrusively on factory walls and use your Wi-Fi network. Amazon Monitron analyzes and interprets the data, then sends the information to the Amazon Monitron mobile app, where your team monitors the condition of your machines. When there is a problem with one of your machines, Amazon Monitron immediately sends a notification on the mobile app to let you know.

This guide covers IT Manager tasks, including

  • Performing tasks that you need to do as AWS account user.

  • Creating an Amazon Monitron project to contain the monitoring activities of the rest of your monitoring team (reliability managers and technicians). The Amazon Monitron User Guide describes how to install and operate the Amazon Monitron devices using the mobile app.

  • Creating or attaching the project to an AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) directory. End users will log into the app not as AWS account users, but through the credentials of the AWS SSO directory.

Features of Amazon Monitron

Amazon Monitron provides the following key features:

  • Works out of the box – Amazon Monitron sensors and gateways are preconfigured to work with Amazon Monitron software. Reliability managers can install these devices easily and quickly using the mobile app and can start monitoring equipment in just a matter of few hours. Amazon Monitron is simple to set up and requires no development work, knowledge of ML, or integration.

  • Immediate notifications in the Amazon Monitron mobile app – When it detects abnormal machine patterns, Amazon Monitron sends notifications to users in the mobile app. Technicians can view, track, and provide feedback on these abnormal machine states within the mobile app.

  • ISO- and ML-based analytics – Amazon Monitron automatically detects abnormal machine operating states by analyzing vibration and temperature signals and comparing them to International Standards Organization (ISO 20816) standard thresholds and ML enabled models.

  • Support for adding feedback in the app –Amazon Monitron offers simple workflows for technicians to enter feedback on the accuracy and nature of the alerts in the mobile app. Amazon Monitron learns from that feedback and continually improves over time.

Amazon Monitron Devices and Software

Devices

Amazon Monitron includes two types of devices: a sensor, for collecting data from your equipment, and a gateway, for sending that data to Amazon Monitron. You can purchase both from Amazon.com or Amazon Business. You mount the sensors directly on the machines (or assets) that you want to monitor. You can place up to 20 sensors on an asset.

An Amazon Monitron sensor

Each sensor measures temperature and vibration data from the asset and sends it to the AWS Cloud using a gateway that is mounted nearby. If it's a Wi-Fi gateway, it is plugged into a standard outlet. If it's an Ethernet gateway, it gets power from the Ethernet cord plugged into its RJ-45 socket.

An Amazon Monitron Wi-Fi gateway

An Amazon Monitron Ethernet gateway

Software

Most Amazon Monitron tasks are performed by your team using the Amazon Monitron mobile app, which is installed on smartphones. The reliability manager uses this mobile app to set up assets, sensors, gateways, and so on. Technicians use the mobile app to monitor data from the sensors. For more information about these tasks, see the Amazon Monitron User Guide.

Amazon Monitron also includes a console, which is used by the IT Manager to create a project and add admin users to manage it. This project is the framework for all the Amazon Monitron tasks that the rest of the team performs to monitor your equipment. Until you set up the project, no other equipment monitoring can be done using Amazon Monitron. IT Manager tasks include the following:

  • Setting up a user directory to provide users for Amazon Monitron

  • Creating a project to contain all of your team's Amazon Monitron monitoring tasks, such as creating sites, pairing sensors, adding assets, and so on

  • Adding an admin user to manage the project

This guide describes how to perform these tasks.

Getting Started with Amazon Monitron

Amazon Monitron divides tasks by whether they require the Amazon Monitron console or the mobile app. This guide shows you how to create a project and initially assign admin users to manage it. These are the tasks that require using the console. Tasks that use the Amazon Monitron mobile app include managing a project, creating assets, setting up sensors, and monitoring the condition of your equipment. For more information about these tasks, see the Amazon Monitron User Guide.

Before you can start the tasks in this guide, it's necessary to set up an AWS account and an admin user for the account, and provide permissions for that user. For more information, see Sign Up for AWS and Create an IAM User in the Amazon Monitron Getting Started Guide. The required permissions are listed in Using the Amazon Monitron Console in this guide.

For an overview of Amazon Monitron, we recommend that you begin by reading the following sections:

Related Resources

The Amazon Monitron documentation set includes three guides:

  • Amazon Monitron Getting Started Guide – For IT managers, reliability managers, and technicians, this guide gets you started using Amazon Monitron.

  • Amazon Monitron User Guide – For reliability managers (admin users) and technicians, this guide describes how to use Amazon Monitron to monitor your equipment for machine abnormalities. It also describes how to use the mobile app, your primary Amazon Monitron tool.

  • Amazon Monitron IT Manager's Guide – This guide provides the IT manager more in-depth information about using Amazon Monitron than the Amazon Monitron Getting Started Guide. It also shows you how to use Amazon Monitron to set up projects and assign admin users to manage the project.

In addition to reading the guides, we also recommend that you visit the Amazon Monitron Discussion Forum. This community-based forum provides the chance for developers to discuss technical questions related to Amazon Monitron.

Pricing for Amazon Monitron

For information, see Amazon Monitron Pricing.