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Condition Monitoring for Conveyors

In many manufacturing applications, a conveyor is the crux of the system. If there is an issue with the conveyor, the entire line shuts down until the problem is resolved.  This results in unplanned downtime and high losses in production and revenue. Scheduled preventative maintenance can help mitigate the risk, but does not eliminate it or give forecasts into the future.

Using sensors to monitor the condition of a machine in real-time, provides insights that preventative maintenance schedules cannot cover day-to-day.  With this type of condition monitoring, as soon as a parameter is out of range, an alert can be triggered. This alert can be configured such that maintenance crews can be notified well before the conveyor system would stop functioning.  Maintenance can then be scheduled and performed at the most optimal time, when the conveyor is not in use.

In a long-term view, a conditioning monitoring system can also extend the overall life of the conveyor system. Not only by addressing problems before irreparable damage might occur, but also by providing data and insights at a level of detail far beyond what is possible through normal observation.

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Benefits of Monitoring Your Conveyor's Condition

  • Historical records can be used to create accurate maintenance forecasts and avoid unplanned downtime, saving on repair and lost revenue costs.
  • Real-time alerts can send notifications before irreparable damage occurs.
  • Continuous monitoring can reduce the total number of routine checks and inspections.
  • Deeper operational insights can be used to extend the useful life of the equipment.
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IIoT Products and Services

Using HARTING’s edge computing MICA device, combined with sensors to measure power draw and low-frequency vibrations, a scalable and cost effective solution can be implemented into conveyor systems.  

This solution can monitor the slightest of damage on conveyor wheels or motor bearings, and also record changes in current consumption and motor temperature to make sure that everything is operating within nominal thresholds. The MICA edge device processes all this information in real-time at the edge, and automatically sends any measurements or alerts to your existing back-end system where the maintenance team can take action.

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Pat Hogan

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Additional IIoT Topics

About The Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connects machines, analytics, and people to create powerful insights to drive smarter, faster, and better business decisions.  The IIoT is made up of interconnected machines and devices that can monitor, collect, exchange, and analyze data.  It is transforming the industry and changing the way the industry functions.  By combining machine-to-machine communications with analytics, companies can reap the benefits of unparalleled efficiency, productivity, and performance.  

Digital Retrofit

When the decision is made to integrate IIoT, there are two possible strategies. Either a company can invest in completely new machines and equipment that were developed exclusively for this need or they can upgrade their current machines, otherwise known as legacy machinery, and equipment with devices that make this type of communication possible. Digital retrofit here means taking a device that produces or uses data of some sort and connecting it to a device that can allow that data to be a part of a larger data pool.

Condition Monitoring

Condition monitoring is a necessity in modern production and business models. Condition monitoring (or, colloquially, CM) is the process of monitoring a parameter of condition in machinery (vibration, temperature, et cetera) to identify a significant change that is indicative of a developing fault. It is a major component of predictive maintenance.

Companies cannot afford any unexpected downtime caused by machine malfunction and power. Taking precautions to monitor the health and viability of equipment is a must. Condition monitoring allows to operate old machines and infrastructure (e.g. conveyor systems) longer than originally planned. This way, investments can be minimized and shifted to strategically important topics.

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Digitalizing a factory. Improving Overall Operational Efficiencies (OEE) using technology.  Building a predictive maintenance system. All of these are reasons that companies are turning to Industry 4.0.  However, implementing a solution specific to an existing factory can seem overwhelming.  As no two applications are exactly the same, finding an out of the box solution that perfectly fits in your existing application is unlikely. Having said this, tailoring existing, tested IIoT solutions for your applications is easy with the right partner.  This is the concept behind HARTING’s IIoT Solution Packages. 
 

MICA Starter Kits

The Industry's First IIoT Starter Kits

It’s easy to talk about integrating IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), but it’s another thing entirely to do it.  Many people don’t know where to start or what IIoT applications would benefit their operations the best. That’s why HARTING developed these IIoT starter kits.  Each kit has everything needed for a basic application and is ideal for those starting with IIoT. The HARTING MICA boasts a container-based open architecture so users can easily customize to their specific application well beyond what is included in the kits.