With design control from the tag to the software platform, AiRISTA has control of the end-to-end
solution. Many of the tags have optional sensors for temperature, humidity, motion/vibration, direction of motion, shock, and light. In addition to location, these tags collect information to drive a wide range of use cases based on conditions.
Finding a machine’s fault before it becomes critical is what AiRISTA’s condition monitoring does.
AiRISTA’s condition monitoring solution uses sensors that can detect parameters such as temperature, humidity or vibration to perform predictive maintenance on equipment.
What Is Predictive Maintenance?
Predictive maintenance is a type of monitoring system that aims to reduce the cost and loss of productivity involved with a traditional reactive maintenance solution. With this type of condition based maintenance, you can use data analysis to ensure your equipment is in peak asset form.
Whereas reactive maintenance fixes equipment after it breaks down, predictive maintenance enables you to see when a machine is at risk of failure. Resolving this after it breaks often involves large amounts of unplanned downtime and tends to be more expensive than performing predictive maintenance. This makes the latter a much more cost-efficient alternative to the former.
Vibration analysis prevents equipment failure on machines such as conveyor belts.
This form of condition monitoring system catches potential problems based on patterns in movement. A machine may have a specific vibration pattern when it’s in danger of failing versus when it’s working properly. A sensor collects data on these vibration patterns. An administrator can then analyze the data to achieve early detection of component failure and quickly determine whether the machine needs maintenance.
The result is often drastically reduced downtime and lower upkeep costs compared to reactive maintenance.
Many processes require inventory to be kept in refrigerators or freezers. This can include natural and chemical products in the case of process industries. Ant it may include expensive components like prepreg in manufacturing. Automating temperature recording replaces manual recording and generates alerts to temperature excursions. Applying RTLS tags to rolls of prepreg help ensure FIFO consumption and monitors the length of the time the roll is exposed to room temperatures. This level of insight helps ensure spoiled product is not used and reduces waist
Excessive humidity can damage machinery and accelerate corrosion. By measuring humidity data in condition based monitoring, you can use atmospheric administration to ensure your machinery isn’t exposed to high humidity.
Potential Uses For Industrial Condition Monitoring
With design control from the tag to the software platform, AiRISTA has a full end-to-end solution. Many of the tags have an optional sensor for temperature, humidity, motion/vibration, direction of motion, shock, and light. In addition to location, these tags collect information to drive a wide range of use cases based on conditions.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is making millions of previously dumb devices visible to oversight and management. Applying an RTLS tag to an object will not only reveal its location in real time, but environmental conditions as well. You can generate alerts based on movement, light, and even direction of travel.
Reducing Accident Rates of Fork Trucks
To move carpet rolls from one process to the next, a carpet manufacturer uses a fork truck with a 21-foot boom. The introduction of this boom made navigation difficult and led to accidents, but most weren’t reported.
To drive greater accountability, manufacturers placed tags with accelerometers on the trucks. When a shock event occurred, the tags would automatically record the incident’s time and location. Businesses programmed this equipment over the air to account for selectivity levels to reduce false positives.
Predictive Maintenance of Conveyors
A broken conveyor system can bring production to a halt. Traditionally, a conveyor on the verge of failure creates noises and vibrations that seasoned staff can detect and repair before failure occurs. But with the aging workforce and high contractor turnover rate, this tribal knowledge is lost.
In its place, manufacturers place tags with a temperature and motion sensor on motors and bearings. Administrators then program thresholds into the tag over the air. The tag generates alerts when parameters exceed the provided thresholds. This is predictive maintenance in action.
Frequently Asked Questions On Condition Monitoring
Can you use a sensor to detect issues during oil analysis?
Oil analysis is a form of condition monitoring but requires special equipment and professional data analysis. Businesses commonly outsource this type of maintenance task because oil analysis can’t be performed with sensors alone.
How do condition monitoring systems reduce downtime?
Using different condition monitoring techniques, this type of preventive maintenance can check machine condition and prevent costly asset failure. In addition, administrators can use data collected from tasks such as vibration monitoring to ensure equipment is at peak asset performance.
Can you use condition data to improve equipment performance?
Yes. Condition data isn’t just to keep a machine from failing, it can also be used to ensure the equipment is operating at optimal efficiency.
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