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Realtime asset utilization and monitoring

Realtime asset utilization, tracking and monitoring – Today, we want to make every little object we own “smart and connected”. From our watches to cars to even home, we thrive to add intelligence to the “things” we deal with every day. We know the Internet of Things (IOT) may be a word that may be unknown to many, but if you look at reality RTLS is omnipresent in our day-to-day lives, a mobile phone being a perfect example. IoT simply connects inimitable devices to a network of other connected devices through the medium of the internet.

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Asset utilisation monitoring

So if these RTLS software integrated gadgets can make such a difference in your day-to-day life, imagine how much it can affect the working of a factory or manufacturing unit when the corresponding assets are connected. The “machine wearables” are the order of the new era in manufacturing. The most noteworthy point is that there are endless possibilities for such real-time monitoring devices in an industrial environment.

RTLS enabled asset utilization dashboard

So what are these machine wearables and what do they bring to the table? Well, it is all about adding intelligence to your machines and equipment. The machines, be they legacy or ultra-modern ones are fitted with wireless condition monitoring sensor modules to track the working and environment condition parameters in real-time. The data coming from these wireless sensor modules can be used for tackling unplanned and un-predictive equipment downtime. 

Industry 4.0 is being adopted by industries across many verticals alike. The ability of machines, especially legacy ones to talk to one another through a series of connected devices has caught the interest of many industrial plant managers all over the world. These connected devices can help detect anomalies in these machines in real time and round the clock.

So what we can track using industrial condition monitoring devices?

  • Environmental Conditions: Workplace conditions have a major impact on any production environment. Parameters such as temperature, humidity, air quality, etc. have to be tracked and monitored continuously
  • Equipment movement: The excess vibration in the machines can be dangerous as it can lead to a total breakdown. It is important to track these excess vibrations proactively
  • Overheating: The most common anomaly we come across in machines is overheating. We can interpret overheating with not only the maintenance issues with machines but we can also correlate to other factors such as an increase in load, clogging of pipes, etc.
  • Abnormal Noise: If there are loosened machine parts or the machine is due for maintenance, there would be abnormal noises coming out of the machines. It is important to track these abnormal noises and detect issues beforehand.
  • Anomalous Tilt: Machines such as robotic arms should always operate at a certain angle, any anomalous tilt means, their purpose is not served and an issue can arise out of nowhere. It becomes crucial to keep check of its tilt for any anomalies.

condition monitoring devices, dashboard software

Asset utilisation RTLS software

With such asset utilization monitoring parameters, electronics manufacturing industries, and smart factories are becoming more connected and intelligent. The biggest advantage of such Wirepas mesh modules is that they can be fitted to any machines or equipment, be it flywheel, packaging machines, air compressors, gensets, or any such machines that are bound to break down from time to time.

The remote monitoring in telecom towers, for example actually allows the operators to assess maintenance issues in these machines without going near the same. The information can be centrally stored in a server and with the help of proper visualization and data analysis platforms, the anomaly patterns can be identified and the maintenance personnel can be alerted of impending downtime and thereby helping them to have planned maintenance scheduled for such machines.

Asset utilization and data visualization tools

The advantage of such Industry 4.0 enabled monitoring solutions is that it could be scaled to the whole factory premises without much effort.  

Call us to know more about industrial realtime asset monitoring, asset utilisation, machine wearables and data visualization tools for smart factories.