Representing up to 40% of the electricity consumed by a company, compressed air is a fluid with many challenges. Poor management of this fluid and/or the design of its distribution network results in significant additional costs, but also low availability with negative consequences on production.
One of the challenges for industrial fluid networks is to integrate into a new industrial dimension of total automation for optimal productivity.
The compressed air network becomes an interconnected system in its industrial environment.
The means for the designer to achieve optimal productivity:
Each compressed air network is unique, as user needs are variable, and the configuration possibilities are large. The main priorities for their operation are focused on the qualities intrinsic to the design of the compressed air network.
In a fully automated environment, other areas of improvement are made available for greater productivity:
Flexible and modular production methods and therefore completely reconfigurable.
Analysis of information, cloud, production line performance.
The implementation of means to ensure predictive maintenance.
Efficient monitoring of energy consumption and raw materials.
The use of virtual means for process simulation.
The integration of the Internet of Things into manufactured products.
It, therefore, becomes essential for an installation to interact with its environment.
What monitoring brings to the user and designer:
All companies try to keep downtime to a minimum. The best tool for this is preventive maintenance. It consists of shutting down the installations according to plans, performing scheduled maintenance and restarting without complications.
Preventive maintenance systems (condition monitoring) are based on value history, which originates from the phase of correct operation of the machines. Real-time measurement of values ensures that they are as close as possible to any variations and can be analysed as soon as they appear in order to refine the maintenance plan, create alerts or intervene in real time.
Moreover, having this information available in a given environment allows the designer to make changes to the system so that it can be even more adapted.
Monitoring will ensure greater responsiveness and understanding of processes and systems at two levels. That of the users and that of the designers. Monitoring is optimally integrated into the continuous improvement plan within and outside the company and can become a tool for interconnectivity between companies.
Parker Transair's proposal:
Parker Transair brings to its customers a new evolution in the field of compressed air networks with its condition monitoring technology, which allows end-users to monitor their compressed air network systems and maintain their productivity, anywhere and anytime.
The Transair Condition Monitoring System (TCMS™) uses wireless sensor technology to monitor the compressed air piping system, alert the end-user to system changes and provide critical data that helps reduce downtime and increase productivity.
A user-friendly web interface allows users to easily view and analyse the data to ensure that the system is operating at optimal levels of pressure, power, temperature, humidity, and flow.
A 4-20mA wireless transmitter allows other equipment to be connected to the system to make their data available at the interface.
Transair Condition Monitoring System (TCMS™) helps to reduce overall costs by avoiding unnecessary downtime and extending the life of sensitive equipment.
"It is essential for end-users to be able to accurately monitor this data, because compressed air systems are very complex and highly scalable."
Guillaume Tetard, director, Transair Business Unit.
Transair Condition Monitoring System (TCMS™) complements the Parker Transair Aluminum Network System, known for its high performance, corrosion resistance and efficient use in a wide range of industries.
"Thanks to the light weight of Transair components and the instant connection technology, manpower is reduced to only 20% of overall installation costs, which saves money right from the start."
Françoise Lunel, communication manage, Transair.
Combining a Transair system with the Transair Condition Monitoring System (TCMS™) will save the company money by finding ways to increase air supply efficiency, reduce maintenance costs and prevent unwanted scrap, thereby reducing the overall cost of the plant.
This article was contributed by Laurent Orcibal, eBusiness manager, Low Pressure Connectors Europe Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
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