IoT has given way to breakthroughs in everything from safety and efficiency to better decision-making and increased revenue generation. In power generation, the rise of the digital plant is helping companies enhance productivity through digitization.
The digital plant promotes a streamlined network of processes, assets, and people by creating a real-time simulation of a plant’s operations that is accessible to all personnel, from C-level executives to maintenance technicians.
Imagine being able to see your plant’s processes — to visually identify issues that could lead to costly problems. By monitoring each of the physical plant’s assets through a digital replica, maintenance technicians can:
The digital plant philosophy is at the heart of Parker’s SensoNODE™ Gold Sensors and Voice of the Machine™ Cloud Software. SensoNODE Gold and Voice of the Machine Cloud take the proven diagnostic and condition monitoring potential of SensoNODE Blue sensors and Voice of the Machine Mobile app, and offer it on a fully cloud-based platform. While SensoNODE Blue is an excellent solution for on-site wireless diagnostics, SensoNODE Gold allows users to access vital data anywhere they have an internet signal.
“As business processes continue to leverage the cloud to improve efficiency, incorporating the Internet of Things into plant processes is the next logical step. With SensoNODE Gold, users have access to all the information they would get from SensoNODE Blue sensors but have 24/7 access from the cloud. Whether you’re at a business meeting across the country or checking your email on an airplane, you will be able to access real-time data on your assets..”
Marc Williams, IoT project lead, Parker Hannifin
While some platforms on the market focus on either predicting asset performance or monitoring operations in real-time, SensoNODE does both. Voice of the Machine software platforms allow users to access immediate diagnostic information and asset conditions while receiving notifications of potential issues. Users can also take advantage of Voice of the Machine’s historic tracking ability to review trends over time to improve decision-making and optimize existing infrastructure.
Wireless diagnostic solutions have greatly helped Parker customers improve efficiency and safety while reducing downtime. With no wires to get caught in machinery and equipment, users can easily record asset conditions while the asset is in use, making for more accurate diagnoses of equipment in a plant or in the field.
Still, some companies are hesitant to make a complete switch to a wireless infrastructure. For customers who have wired sensors in place, Parker offers the SensoNODE Analog Connector, which turns any wired sensor into a wireless device. Now, users can connect wired sensors to the Analog Connector to receive data wirelessly to either Voice of the Machine’s mobile app or cloud software platform.
“This is a huge benefit to our customers who are having trouble swapping out their wired infrastructure for wireless. The device works with any 4-20mA sensor, making it easier to monitor any asset.”
David Shannon, business team manager, Diversified Technology Team, Parker Hannifin Fluid Connectors Group