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Introducing the ClampOn BIRD

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World Pipelines,

The ClampOn BIRD is a new and unique wireless acoustic sensor for the downstream, unconventional and renewable energy market. The BIRD (battery-operated intelligent remote detector) is a non-intrusive instrument that can be used for various types of condition monitoring of pipes, flowlines, valves and structures.

Introducing the ClampOn BIRD

The BIRD can provide an early warning of potential weaknesses of pipes and structures, giving the operator information that will assist with making decisions for their asset to meet their individual decarbonisation goals.

With wireless communication and power from an internal battery, the need for expensive cabling, complex wiring diagrams, and termination boxes is now a thing of the past.

Condition monitoring

By measuring, analysing and reporting acoustic noise, temperature and vibration, the BIRD is extremely flexible and can be used for leak monitoring, vibration detection, steam detection, foam monitoring, temperature monitoring, process monitoring, particle monitoring and pig detection.


The ClampOn BIRD offers the latest technology, including energy efficient digital signal processing (DSP), a very low-power RF node, and a sub 1 GHz programmable ultra-low power mode. These technologies combine to allow the sensor to operate for more than a year on a single power module (internal battery). The ClampOn BIRD sensor continuously monitors the condition of the power module and will inform the client when replacement is due.

The BIRD has a wireless range of up to 1000 m (line of sight), and its multi-function capability is designed and approved for worldwide operation in just about any industry.


The sensors are supplied fully calibrated without the need for onsite calibration and can easily be clamped to any pipe. With its wireless connection interface, the ClampOn BIRD sensor creates a self-forming mesh network that will add any additional ClampOn BIRD sensor to the network automatically. Setting up a network of ClampOn BIRD sensors takes only a few hours. Even installations in remote and rural locations are no longer a problem.


  • Fast non-intrusive installation.
  • Wireless communication (RF).
  • Real-time measurement.
  • Noise cancelling.
  • Battery powered.

The ClampOn BIRD sensor offers:

  • Mesh network: up to 250 nodes in a network (self-forming).
  • Wireless connectivity: line of sight up to 1000 m (urban: 200 m).
  • Security: encrypted data communication.
  • Firmware update: OTA (over the air).
  • Battery operated: 1 yr of operation.

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