loT (Internet of Things) technologies applied to enterprise maintenance refers to the use of Internet-connected devices for gathering data in real time on the status of equipment and processes in an organization.
These devices may include sensors, temperature meters, cameras, barcode or QR code scanners and other electronic devices that are integrated into the company’s machinery and equipment.
The information collected by these devices is sent to a centralized platform that uses data analysis technologies to detect patterns and anomalies in production processes. In this way, maintenance teams can anticipate problems and schedule preventive maintenance to avoid interruptions in production.
In addition, loT technology can also be used to improve the energy efficiency of equipment, reduce operating costs and improve workplace safety.
There are many loT devices used in industry to improve the efficiency of maintenance processes. Here are some examples and applications:
Temperature and humidity sensors:
These sensors can be installed in equipment and machinery to monitor environmental conditions and prevent overheating or excessive humidity, which can cause equipment failures. Humidity control in data centers is key to normal equipment performance and to avoid service downtime problems.
QR code scanners:
They are used to identify and track machinery components in the inventories module from CMMS here, which helps to keep track of the maintenance cost history of each piece of equipment and additionally makes it possible to identify work orders to schedule preventive maintenance.
They detect abnormal vibrations in equipment, indicating possible wear or imbalance. In this way, maintenance teams can take preventive measures before a failure occurs, the increase in vibrations of a rotating equipment, may be indicative of a misalignment of shafts causing premature wear and misalignments that cause millimeter movements, these deviations produce an imbalance in the forces damaging tracks and bearings, generating a potential future failure.
They are used to monitor the behavior of equipment in processes. In this way, maintenance teams can detect possible problems and take measures to avoid service interruptions, spills or fluid leaks can be detected through surveillance cameras.
Power consumption meters:
They are used to monitor energy consumption, which makes it possible to identify savings opportunities, reduce operating costs, and avoid penalties in the case of power factor measurement in large-scale industrial operations.
Location tracking devices:
They are used to monitor the location of assets, such as vehicles, which allows tracking their location, speed, approximate fuel consumption, thus achieving a more efficient process of monitoring the assets and the activities that personnel perform on them.
How devices communicate with the CMMShere platform.
The communication process between loT technologies and a CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) or CMMS SaaS platform is supported by data collection in the first place, these devices capture real-time data on the status of equipment and processes in the company, these data may include information on temperature, vibration, location and energy consumption of equipment, among others, with these data are made data models of the equipment and processes of predictive maintenance based on conditions, which allow users to take the necessary steps to prevent equipment failure.
The data collected by the loT devices is transmitted via a communications network, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or a cellular network, to the centralized information processing platform in the maintenance management software CMMS here, in which data is translated into graphical models to make the behavior of physical asset conditions more understandable.
For the transmission of information, protocols are used, the most common of which are the following:
MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport):
This protocol is widely used in loT for communication between devices connected to the Internet. It is a publish and subscribe protocol, where devices publish data to a specific channel and users can subscribe to that channel to receive the data.
Co AP (Constrained Application Protocol):
This is a lightweight protocol designed for resource-constrained devices such as sensors and loT devices. It allows bidirectional communication between devices and servers, and is used to transmit data in real time.
REST (Representational State Transfer):
This is an HTTP-based data transfer protocol commonly used on the web. It can be used to transmit data from loT devices to the CMMSHere platform via HTTP requests
This protocol is used for communication between industrial automation devices and systems. It can be used to transmit data from sensors and loT devices to the CMMSHere platform.
OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture):
It is an industrial communication protocol that enables secure communication. It is a software specification that defines how devices exchange information, such as sensor data, alarms and events, with each other and with other systems.
The industrial maintenance management platform uses data analysis technologies to detect patterns and anomalies in the data collected. This may include the use of machine learning techniques and statistical analysis to identify trends and predict potential equipment problems.
The loT devices integrate with the CMMS SaaS platform to share the analyzed data. This allows maintenance teams to access real-time information about equipment status and schedule the preventive maintenance more effectively and thus reduce the probability of occurrence of repairs or corrective maintenance.
Maintenance teams use the CMMS edge SaaS platform to schedule and perform maintenance actions based on data and analysis. This can include tracking alarms on critical assets, correcting conditions through technical inspections, scheduling preventive maintenance work orders, and better managing parts and spares inventory by reducing inventories through anticipating major failures that can be costly in parts and spares replacement..
How to incorporate loT technologies and the CMMSEdge in small and medium-sized companies?
Incorporating loT technologies and a CMMS into an SMB can be a challenging process, but there are some efficient ways to do it. Here are some tips on how to do it in an efficient way.
Identify needs and objectives: The first thing to do is to identify the needs of the SME and the objectives you want to achieve by incorporating loT and CMMSEdge predictive maintenance software. This will help define the system requirements and focus efforts on the most critical areas for the business.
Evaluate available solutions: It is important to evaluate different IoT device solutions to find the one that best suits the needs of the SME. There are many solutions available on the market, complete solutions such as those from Samsung, Philips Hue, Honeywell and Nest.
Conduct a pilot implementation: Before implementing the complete solution in the SME, it is advisable to conduct a pilot implementation in a small area of the company. This will allow testing the solution and making adjustments before implementing it throughout the company, thus ensuring a successful and scalable implementation.
Personnel training:It is important to train SME personnel in the use of the loT solution and the CMMS here. This includes training end users in data entry and usage, as well as training technicians and maintenance personnel in the use of the asset management solution.
Monitor and continuously improve: Once the solution is implemented, it is important to continuously monitor and measure the results and make improvements to the solution. This will allow optimizing the solution to achieve the best possible results and adapt to the changing needs of the SME.
The costs of acquiring loT devices to monitor industrial equipment can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the equipment and specific monitoring requirements:
Vibration sensors: vibration sensors can cost from $50 US to over $300 US per unit.
Temperature sensors: Temperature sensors can cost from $20 US to over $100 US per unit.
Pressure sensors: Pressure sensors can cost from $50 US to over $200 US per unit.
Gateway loT: gateway loT devices can cost from $100 US to over $500 US per unit.
What benefits do customers receive from outsourced maintenance providers.
When a provider works with loT devices and the CMMS here to maintain its customers’ assets, its customers can realize a number of benefits, including:
Increased efficiency: The implementation of loT devices and the CMMS here can help improve efficiency in the maintenance process. loT devices can provide real-time data on equipment status and operating conditions, allowing for better management planning and scheduling. In addition, CMMS here can help manage preventive and corrective maintenance more efficiently, which can reduce unplanned downtime.
Cost reduction: The use of loT devices and the CMMS here can help reduce maintenance costs. loT devices can help detect problems before they become serious failures, which can reduce the costs associated with repairs and equipment replacement. In addition, the CMMS here can help optimize preventive maintenance, which can reduce long-term area costs by sustainably extending the frequency between jobs..
Increased efficiency: The use of loT devices and the CMMS here can help improve the quality of maintenance. loT devices can provide accurate, real-time data on the condition of equipment, which can help providers identify problems before they become serious failures. In addition, CMMS here can help to better manage requests and tracking of maintenance activities, which can improve the quality of maintenance service, thus the supplier is effective in its management, achieving with optimized resources the best end-customer satisfaction.
Increased customer satisfaction: The use of loT devices and the CMMS here can help improve customer satisfaction. By improving the efficiency and quality of maintenance, customers may experience less unplanned downtime, which can improve their satisfaction with the maintenance service. In addition, the use of loT devices and CMMS here can provide greater transparency into the maintenance process, which can improve customer confidence and satisfaction..
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