Innovation

Research & Development department

As leader in Predictive Analytics for Maintenance and Reliability Solutions in a constantly evolving market, I-care™ has always attached great importance to innovation.

Convinced that the Industrial Revolution 4.0 was in its infancy, I-care™ decided in 2007 to set up its Research & Development Department and develop its own solution of Industrial Internet of Thing (IIoT) and Cloud-based analytical tool.

Today, the R&D Department counts not less than 6 people working full time in new technologies and functionalities for our range of products Wi-care™ and I-see™.

 

Major innovations

R&D is an integral part of the I-care™ culture. The first research aimed to evaluate the possibilities to use wireless technology for sensors. This idea to use wireless technology came from the simple fact that the wired solutions were very expensive. At the time, the focus was on reducing moving of people and installation costs.  

This resulted in 2 major innovations supported I-care™ expertise and reputation:

 

2009 - The Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM)

Materialized by I-see™ platform, RCM is a remote diagnostic service that allows I-care™ customers to profit a qualitative diagnostic wherever they are without taking care of expert moving costs.

 

 

2013 - Wi-care™

A wireless technology applied to vibration, thermal and speed sensors range that we plug on monitoring machines and transfer the data to I-see™ at regular intervals. Wi-care™ technology has been patented.

 

 

Patents

In 2013, thanks to the support of Wallonia Government subsidies, the Wi-care™ sensors production started with the launch of the first prototype and a european patent specification was quickly deposited.

Wireless signal transmission module, diagnostic system of an industrial machine and method of supplying the transmission module.

Since then, the Wi-care™ range never stopped to extend and improve to always anticipate customer expectations and remain the best-in-class products on the market.

 

Awards

 

2005

Prix Technocité "les talents de la création"

 

 

2009

Grand prix Wallon de l’entrepreneuriat

 

 

2011

Inno Pépites awards

 

 

2013

Trends Tendance Gazelles 

 

Wi-care Certification

ATEX

The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU covers equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The Directive defines the essential health and saftey requirements and conformity assessment procedures, to be applied before products are placed on the EU market. It is aligned with the New Legislative Framework policy, and it is applicable from 20 April 2016, replacing the previous Directive 94/9/EC.

KCs

Since November 7th 2017, the Wi-care™ range (wireless technology sensors) is KCs certified and can be sold to Korean market, including to hazardous atmosphere industries. The KCs (Korea Certification) certification mark is the equivalent of IECEx / ATEX certification for Korean industries. This is one of the most exacting standard in Korea.

The KCs mark has been obtained few months after the KC mark. KC signifies compliance with Korea’s product safety requirements for electrical and electronic equipment and components that utilise power from AC 50-1000V.

FCC

The FCC Declaration of Conformity or the FCC label is a certification mark employed on electronic products manufactured or sold in the United States which certifies that the electromagnetic interference from the device is under limits approved by the Federal Communications Commission

IECEX

The objective of the IECEx System is to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in explosive atmospheres, while maintaining the required level of safety:

  • reduced testing and certification costs to manufacturer
  • reduced time to market
  • international confidence in the product assessment process
  • one international database listing
  • maintaining International Confidence in equipment and services covered by IECEx Certification

CE

By affixing the CE marking to a product, a manufacturer declares that the product meets all the legal requirements for CE marking and can be sold throughout the EEA. This also applies to products made in other countries that are sold in the EEA.

R&D projects

Pioneer in Innovation, I-care™ participates actively in several international projects.

One of them is named “Prophesy”.

The PROPHESY project

I-care™ made of Predictive Maintenance its specialty and acquired a world fame on the subject.

In collaboration with NCP Wallonia, I-care™ joined the European Research Projects and participates in the PROPHESY project.

PROPHESY’s vision is to act as a catalyst for the wider deployment and uptake of next generation, optimal, adaptive and self-configurable PdM services. Several challenges and new age trends in Industry 4.0 and PdM Adoption increase the necessity of a viable route to market for a novel PdM platform, which will enable end-to-end development, deployment and operationalization of adaptive self-configurable PdM services.

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