Equipment Breakdown Prevention
We are all familiar with preventative and reactive maintenance. Some of us may even be interested in predictive maintenance, foreseeing when equipment will fail in the future. This prediction is based on large sets of data collected by sensors, and the science is still in development. Most companies are, understandably, reluctant to base their maintenance plans on any form of uncertainty.
Monitoring the condition of a deteriorating piece of equipment by sending early warning signals is as close as we can currently get to predicting possible future failures. At B-Synergy, we refer to it as "Equipment Breakdown Prevention". Condition monitoring is not a new concept; production plants and storage terminals, for example, have been using sensors for quite some time in their production processes. Sensors detecting unwanted vibrations, abnormal temperature changes, leakage spill, or any other kind of signal which is alarming but not yet causing an actual breakdown.
- Collecting data from sensors installed on equipment in remote areas where there is no Wi-Fi coverage or power source;
- Sometimes operating in ATEX (Atmosphere Explosible) zones;
- Retrofitting old types of equipment with sensors in an easy-to-install, cost-friendly manner;
- Analysis of signals and converting these signals into concrete actions to be performed by maintenance engineers.What if all of these technical challenges were a thing of the past? Wouldn't it be great if your maintenance team is notified completely automatically using your company’s own legacy software, such as SAP or Infor LN? In fact, this is already possible by incorporating a packaged OutSystems solution for SAP, named B-Synergy's Plant Maintenance Platform, with LoRa and LoRaWAN technology.
Internet of Things: the next step in plant maintenance
Use on existing equipment
At production sites, a lot of installed equipment such as valves are operated manually. They need to be checked and controlled regularly, a process that can be facilitated by digitization. Monitoring these valves will avoid leakage spill and/or contaminations, increasing on-site safety. Communications of the valve sensors via a LoRaWAN-IoT network ensures IT security, while the total cost of ownership can also be minimized. The gateways are made for the same global industrial conditions and requirements as the valve sensors.
Reliability is the first thing to consider when providing insight based on new technologies. Therefore, valve sensors have been specifically designed to only communicate the essential: closed or open. The sensor units can be easily bolted onto existing valves and put into operation swiftly.
Signal to action
Now that we have covered the (retro)fitting of existing equipment with sensors that can operate in remote or ATEX zones using LoRa and LoRaWAN data transport technology, we still need to focus on data interpretation and taking action when required. This is where B-Synergy comes in. The B-Synergy Plant Maintenance Platform can integrate seamlessly with any system of records. It can create notifications in your company's ERP software - such as SAP - based automatically on custom-defined business rules. In this way, equipment breakdown might be prevented.
If you would like to learn more, please contact our Plant Maintenance specialist Koen van Halder using contact details below, or click the button above to schedule a demo immediately.