IIoT Centrifugal Pumps are of significant importance in several Industry and business processes. They are an integral part of many large-scale heavy industries where industrial processes play a vital role. Centrifugal Pumps see wide usage in Chemical Industry, Petrochemical Industry, Mining, and power generation to name just a few. In such industries, smooth Plant Uptime is a necessity as any glitches in operations can hold up important processes resulting in unwarranted costs.
Thus in these industries, smooth upkeep of equipment is a must. Pumps being significantly important equipment need condition based monitoring at all times. Centrifugal Pumps are plagued with several problems owing to their nature of operations which makes them prone to Downtime.
Manual monitoring of Pumping equipment can be a very cumbersome process. Remote location of pumps, equipment spread over vast area and inhospitable environment, are only some of the physical hindrances. Additionally, it is seen that collecting very minute information such as impeller damage, upcoming downtime and shaft fractures can be difficult.
With the advent of IIoT technology, manual monitoring is a thing of the past. IoT technology addresses these challenges using technology such as edge computing, analytics, cloud access, and mobile device support.
The process of automatically monitoring centrifugal pump begins with a variety of sensors. The pump is outfitted with multiple sensors that measure vibration, voltage, current, temperature, pressure and flow rate. IIoT gateways designed to connect operational technology to information technology, specifically for brownfield applications, need to be open enough to support a range of sensors, including new sensor technologies as they are merged into the IIoT platform.
By shifting from a manual-route-based maintenance routine to one that uses online monitoring for critical and near-critical assets such as pumps, businesses can monitor more machines more often and enable their workforces to spend more time diagnosing and managing assets instead of walking or driving around to take measurements. The ability to compute power on the asset can help analyze the data in near real time and improve the probability of catching pumping equipment downtime before it can happen. This ability also reduces the required network bandwidth because dynamic measurements such as vibration are often run at tens of thousands of samples per second. There is no reason to excessively stream megabytes of data from a healthy pump all the way to the cloud.
Such pump-monitoring systems also feature analytics applications that can perform both diagnostic and prognostic calculations on the pump, in other words, it helps to understand “What’s going to break?” and “When will it break?” If the job of the maintenance engineers belonging to the support team of a pump manufacturer/ rental is to keep things running, then a system that tells them exactly what is wrong and how long they have to fix it is useful. Such an IIoT platform allows Pump Manufacturers to acquire actionable intelligence so as to avoid pump and customer plant downtime.
There are several other use case scenarios wherein our Qwentic has helped Pump Manufacturers/ Rentals take advantage of IIoT Platforms for Centrifugal Pumps. To know more about them you can drop us a message here.
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