The challenge of moving from a successful IoT pilot program to implementing a broad deployment can be daunting and should not be undertaken lightly. But if you have identified high-value use cases, addressing your IoT implementation is the next step. Start by proceeding on the premise that no $20 part should ever take down a critical system anywhere, and visibility into your processes should not be tied to having to be physically present in the area. For example, knowing that monitoring energy consumption on a piece of equipment could lead to a better understanding of the energy costs by product type and, in turn, scheduling the highest consumers to run at non-peak periods.
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Developing an IoT deployment framework that considers things, connectivity, data collection, lessons learned and action at each stage can help impose discipline across the process and increase your company’s likelihood of success.
“In a perfect world, you would scope out capital costs for a number of plants. But implementing IoT is always a gradual process. Every maintenance supervisor has discretionary spending they could use, adding a few sensors to key pieces of equipment and watching what changes. Work the plan, a little at a time. One project leads to another. Once you see the value of it, it permeates the whole building. Then it can be taken division-wide.”
Don Groce, Parker project manager
Yet the data by itself is merely a means to an end. The actual revolution hinges on an entirely new manufacturing infrastructure coming together around machine data that:
Is inherent in original equipment.
Can be extracted with strategically positioned add-ons such as IoT enabled sensors.
One of our valued customers that makes washing machines and dryers had been using manual diagnostic test tools for their manufacturing processes and machines where a majority are hydraulic-based assets. In the factory, an injection molding machine and a stamping press were driven by the same hydraulic power unit (HPU) located 20 feet off the floor at the top of the machines.
To diagnose or evaluate each asset, a maintenance technician had to use a manual diagnostic tool connected to the HPU to collect pressure changes at points of interest. On the floor, a second technician watched and cycled the machine. These technicians then tested several points individually, which took hours. Because the manual diagnostic devices had long cords connecting the sensors to the handheld meters, the testing setup was cumbersome and time-consuming. Technicians would shut down the machine due to safety risks, then set up the tools to take readings, which further extended downtime and led to missed revenue opportunities.
Given this situation, the customer was receptive to a streamlined solution that involved only a single maintenance technician testing functions, taking readings, and observing processes. We installed our SensoNODE sensors at each of the five points of interest, with the technician now able to run the machine and used our Voice of the Machine solution to track all pressure measurements at once, as well as watch the machine functions from a safe area. Issues were resolved quickly, and the final customer received quality products on time, leading to increased satisfaction and loyalty.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is at a crossroads wherein manufacturers are ready to fully realize digitalization’s promise in a world of connected devices. If properly exploited, opportunities to forge symbiotic long-term relationships between end-users and component suppliers can make ongoing asset intelligence a routine feature of doing business smartly, leading to equipment uptime, the potential for aftermarket business, and loyal satisfied customers.
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