The “Internet of Things (IoT)” is a concept that has gained considerable exposure over the past decade, becoming increasingly embedded in household objects in order to more easily enable the sending and receiving of data. The IoT has already significantly changed the way that we live and work (Amazon’s Alexa, anyone?).
Now these same advancements are working their way into the industrial sector. The Industrial IoT (IIoT), where connected sensors are the "things" in the IoT, is delivering deeper and broader levels of intelligence in real time to support more efficient operations and better decision-making. There are literally hundreds of millions of connected wired and wireless pressure, level, flow, temperature, vibration, acoustic, position, analytical, and other sensors installed and operating in the industrial sector—and millions more are added annually.
The surge of IIoT has been a key influencer of the shift toward Industry 4.0, the digitization of manufacturing. These technological advancements represent an incredible potential for increased value in additional monitoring, analysis, and operational optimization in critical applications and high-pressure manufacturing.
Optimizing operations with IIoT
Sensors connected to a variety of higher-level software platforms can transmit data both on- and offsite, creating the architecture to leverage the IIoT in manufacturing facilities. These higher-level software platforms offer benefits such as control and monitoring, asset management, and specialized data analysis systems. All of this data can be used to reveal patterns, problems, and solutions to advance operational productivity, safety, and efficiency, among other benefits.
Recognizing the impact on safety, advanced monitoring and diagnostic capabilities are a key component of our newest compression system product, Q-Drive. The remote access capability allows for quick and easy access to diagnostics and troubleshooting. This reduces the costly and time-consuming process of technical service in the field and system downtimes. In addition, the system's predictive maintenance feature delivers automated maintenance reminders to ensure top performance.
Benefits of IIoT for high-pressure manufacturing
For organizations using high-pressure equipment in their operations, leveraging the IIoT will improve safety, accuracy, and the quality of workflows. The improvement of overall analysis and quality of current operations should be the driving force behind the implementation of IIoT capabilities – collecting the data without a plan to use it ignores the benefits of these advancements.
The strategic use of IIoT starts with collecting the specific data which can inform and advance operations. For example, data could be grouped based on its operational impact, such as:
Once data is collected and analyzed it is crucial to make sure the appropriate team members receive it in order to help them make actionable plans for improvement in the planned areas. This is where the real ROI of these efforts will be realized.
IIoT is creating safer operations
A prime application for IIoT in operations where equipment is operating under extremely high pressures, is in the improvement of worker safety and the reduction of adverse environmental impacts. Strategic implementation of IIoT has advanced both operational efficiencies and safety initiatives:
Full IIoT adoption in critical manufacturing applications will be more viable when legacy systems can link to new digital platforms. Once this occurs, IIoT infrastructure can fully complement the leveling-up of operations from “monitor and respond” to a predictive and proactive model, optimizing the support available for operational decision-making.
What’s next with IIoT in high-pressure manufacturing operations
The IIoT is changing the way organizational leaders think and how they collect and utilize data to optimize operations. The strategic implementation of IIoT holds exciting possibilities to advance safety, efficiency, and workflow quality.
Want to learn more about how Haskel is embracing IIoT adoption? Talk to our team!