Automation & Communication
Every day, sensors in production plants collect huge amounts of data. However, companies seldom realise how valuable the correct evaluation of large amounts of data is. This creates data graves whose potential remains undiscovered. The Heubach Group had a similar experience. However, with Festo AX artificial intelligence, it was proven that benefits for maintenance, engineering and productivity can be achieved from central PID data.
For smart devices, use in the oil industry, for example on an offshore oil platform, represents a real endurance test. The Pepperl+Fuchs brand ECOM Instruments subjected the Visor-Ex® 01, the first system consisting of smart glasses and smartphone certified for use in hazardous areas, to this endurance test during its development phase. The practical test reveals great potential for rollout in future applications.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “app”? WhatsApp? TikTok? Linked-in? Broadening our scope from these examples that deliver entertainment and connection, what can apps do for users in the process industries? Quite simply, an app is an application software that generates benefits for the user - on your mobile device, in the cloud or on a server 'under the desk'. Let’s take a look at three apps for process instrumentation, exploring their different approaches as well as their advantages.
Cloud-based, smart solutions deliver transparent, digital communication. ProMinent’s web-based platform ensures safe monitoring of system statuses and process data in the cloud from any location. This allows operators in various sectors to improve their process reliability and system efficiency.
The DCS has been the link to production information from the plant floor for decades. We interviewed Mark Taft from ABB who gives a review on DCS technology, digital transformation, and sustainable production.