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Customised enclosures enable effective crack monitoring for domestic properties

03 May 2022

The customisation of heavy-duty, all-weather industrial enclosures has enabled a crack-monitoring device manufacturer to expand its service from infrastructure projects to the domestic property market. Moniteye has designed a new device that identifies structural cracking in houses. The unit’s sensitive electronic monitoring equipment is protected by a customised industrial enclosure developed by Spelsberg.

Moniteye’s new crack-monitoring device is for residential housing installation, to enable remedial action and rapidly resolve insurance claims, and it changes the way structural challenges are monitored. The device measures crack-width changes over time and transfers data remotely via a mobile phone network, removing the need for an inspection by an engineer. It provides daily reports – or more frequently if required – for improved clarity on the structural situation, compared with an on-site check that typically takes place once every six weeks. The monitoring equipment also saves time, manual resources, and travel emissions. Crucial for the Covid-19 era, the new device also reduces person-to-person contact, as the unit can be used to monitor internal as well as external cracks. 

While Moniteye has provided infrastructure monitoring devices for over 10 years, the equipment used on structures such as road and rail was over-specified and not competitive for mass-market domestic use. The company’s previous enclosure supplier wasn’t able to support the development requirements to enable cost-effective production, so Moniteye needed a new partner to house its device. 

Read the full article in the May issue of DPA

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