Rising energy prices and tightening legislation on sustainable practices are forcing companies to rethink their processes and look for new tools and technologies to reduce waste and address the challenges of today’s industrial environment.
Fluke, the global technology leader in professional compact electronic test tools and software, today introduces three major trends that can improve productivity in today’s industrial environments.
The challenges the pandemic has posed for industrial operations leaders are now giving way to rising energy costs and the need to achieve net zero emissions targets. As energy prices continue to rise, the need to reduce costs and achieve planned sustainability goals is becoming more urgent for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as for large businesses.
Paul Finstra, Vice President of Fluke EMEA, said: “ We work with our customers to implement new initiatives to improve their operations, increase productivity and take reliability to the next level in the 21st century. »
1- Reduce energy costs with improved technology and cloud data tracking.
About 90% of companies use compressed air for their operations, which is why it is often referred to as the fourth energy system. Recent developments in industrial acoustic imaging technology allow you to quickly detect and locate leaks in compressed air systems found in industrial and manufacturing environments. The Fluke ii900 Industrial Acoustic Imager is equipped with a microphone array that can visualize the sound field in a wide field of view up to 70 meters away, allowing repair crews to visually locate air leaks in compressed air systems very quickly and accurately.
In addition to improvements in some secure portable tools, surveillance techniques are also evolving through the use of tools connected to the Internet. Analysis and data are stored on a cloud platform, allowing operators to track key performance indicators (KPIs) of compressed air systems, including energy consumption, electrical power, flow, leakage pressure and flow. The Fluke LeakQ™ Reporter generates detailed reports of air compressor leaks from images captured with the Fluke ii900 or ii910 Accurate Acoustic Imager Scanner and calculates energy savings after leaks are fixed.
2- Using data to provide predictive maintenance
For generations, maintenance professionals have relied on preventive maintenance to prevent equipment failure, and resorted to corrective maintenance when equipment fails. With the advent of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), maintenance professionals can now connect tools, software, and sensors to collect, store, and analyze data from multiple sources in one place. The pandemic has accelerated investment in technologies that enable remote monitoring. This technology allows maintenance teams to maintain reliability in line with operational requirements for uptime, regardless of the availability of personnel on site. The trend towards remote monitoring will continue and small businesses will turn to remote condition monitoring services.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have delivered on their promise to quickly spot trends and quickly adapt to changing operating conditions. Software equipped with prescriptive analysis tools can now be combined with state-of-the-art condition monitoring devices to revolutionize the use of AI/ML for maintenance operations.
Now a new race is underway to combine this hardware and software with artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. Some companies, such as Fluke, are looking to bring together technologies that allow software to identify trends, recognize data patterns, and make specific recommendations for equipment maintenance.
3- Digital SI Accelerates Integration of Critical Equipment Measurements
Accelerated adoption of digital metering solutions for industrial applications saves time and money, and simplifies the transition to predictive system maintenance. While today’s digital measurement devices are generally not ready to use, the generalization of digital measurement solutions is paving the way for verification technologies that can reduce the burden on personnel without compromising accuracy or reliability.
Digital SI, an initiative created as part of the Industry 4.0 revolution, aims to create a global system for electronic communication of calibration certification information. This is important because communication and data itself is the backbone of highly automated industrial processes. The system guarantees the traceability of the measurements of all performed calibrations, and also allows the exchange of information in a dematerialized way. Thus, the integration of measurements that can be performed using critical test equipment in an integrated plant is accelerated, improving maintenance efficiency and plant productivity.
” The challenges we have faced over the past 24-36 months have made management teams realize that a fundamental change in service best practices is needed to maintain profits.. Paul Finstra said.
“ This is sweet music to the ears of forward-thinking industry leaders who advocate investment in system performance and reliability. Now is the time to make the case for innovating technologies, tools, and processes so your business can maintain a competitive edge and thrive in this new environment. »