IoT anyone?

By: Michael Camber

Kaeser and most other compressor makers are now equipping their machines with Ethernet and other communications ports to facilitate tying in to plant monitoring and control schemes with the Internet of Things. 

We (and others) offer solutions that optimize multiple unit systems to reduce operating costs, constantly monitor equipment condition, and maintain the required air quality. Despite the advanced communication and reporting capabilities, we find manufacturers primarily use the basic capabilities of pressure stability and compressor sequencing.  We are surprised that so few take advantage of the more advanced features like:

  • remote PM reminders and troubleshooting
  • condition monitoring and data collection
  • energy and energy cost reporting
  • allocation of energy costs to specific products, production schedules or shifts
  • asset management and maintenance planning

What are your thoughts on this?

If you are doing any of these or similar things, we’d like to learn about it and how it may have helped your asset management, decision making, or plant efficiency.  Our goal is to share best practices with other readers. 

Comment below with your thoughts and let us know what your experience has been. You can also use our contact form.