Manufacturing executives recognize the inherent value of increasing a production plant’s efficiency. Whether producing more at the same cost, or the same at a lower cost, the bottom line is…well, the bottom line.
In recent years, we’ve seen the advent of several technologies that have made plant floors more efficient and safer. Suddenly, workers on the plant floor are throwing around buzzwords like Big Data, the Cloud, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
From wireless networking that has replaced cluttered wired infrastructures, to processes that are optimized to cut wasteful energy consumption, technology has dramatically improved a company’s ability to:
- Reduce downtime.
- Identify issues before they escalate.
- Decrease labor/maintenance costs.
- Improve employee safety.
- Increase production efficiency.
- Record better data for better decision-making.
Where does your plant stand on the technological spectrum? Has your production decreased due to underperforming assets, or been halted by equipment breakdowns? Investing in the right technology solution can improve your production quality and consistency with a predictive maintenance strategy.
Advanced condition monitoring
Condition monitoring is rooted in recording data and observing incremental trends. Sensors attached to critical points monitor dedicated parameters, such as temperature, pressure, and humidity. That data is fed to a diagnostic device from which operators produce analytics.
For years, companies relied entirely on time-consuming manual data collection, which can consume upwards of 70 percent of a company’s recurring operating/labor costs. As a result, data collection was infrequent, offering only a snapshot of an asset’s actual operating conditions.
Big Data and the IIoT have paved the way for smart sensors and asset monitoring software that help end-users take accurate readings more frequently, creating a number of benefits:
- More frequent asset monitoring with minimal staff
- Download and analyze the data off-site
- Ability for multiple personnel to monitor data in multiple locations
- Set more data parameters
Since the IIoT came onto the scene, engineers have developed wireless condition monitoring solutions that produce immediate logistical benefits:
- No wiring infrastructure means easier, mobile monitoring
- Removable sensors make for easy modification, especially during expansions
- Easier condition monitoring in potentially dangerous areas of the plant
With no need for hardwiring for communications, wireless monitoring solutions reduce installation cost, making for a more cost-effective alternative to wired infrastructures. Wireless monitoring also gives maintenance staff alerts to potential issues, allowing them to address even the smallest issues before they snowball into serious problems.
Technology is nothing to fear (we promise)
Hesitation is understandable, but it is a painless transition to an advanced condition monitoring system. Parker has made it even easier with a seamless monitoring and diagnostic solution: SensoNODE™ Blue sensors and SCOUT™ Mobile software.
When used in tandem, Parker’s condition monitoring solution gives plant managers a wireless connection to their assets that eliminates massive information gaps while improving labor efficiency, decreasing maintenance costs, and identifying issues before they escalate. Learn more about this solution.
Contributed by Dan Davis, product sales manager for SensoNODE Sensors and SCOUT Software, Parker Hannifin.
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