Condition-based real-time monitoring is an essential component of current condition and predictive maintenance, while recording changes in equipment that could have or lead to a fault. This is necessary across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, mining, infrastructure, utilities and water.
With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), and now that the internet it taking leaps and bounds in its overall coverage area and quality, the measurable condition(s) of a machine can now be monitored continuously and in real-time through a combination of connected devices and sensors, data networks, cloud storage and Big Data processing. All of these components work together to collect, send, store, analyze and present data, which is easily communicated to the operator.
Without harnessing IoT solutions, data transportation can become a significant issue. Approximately 95 per cent of the data produced by sensors and other devices is either unreadable, unutilized or lost. For this reason, it is critical to install a compatible gateway to the IoT through a range of solutions for machine analytics, predictive maintenance and condition-based monitoring.
For remote monitoring of real-time alarms and condition-based monitoring in particular, SNC Technologies MineLink, MineTrack and GlobalTrack Fleet Management Systems Development team has developed interfaces to a range of on-board components and systems operating within a vehicle or machine. The software and hardware developed provides an interface to each of the on-board components for users (monitors) to undertake a real-time visualization (RTV) and undergo real-time maintenance (RTM) when and if required. Within this RTM system, the customer can view both live and historical data, and perform data analytics and act on the spot accordingly in real-time which can prevent costly breakdowns or overhauls and with less down time overall.
The potential applications for this IoT software and hardware are endless; from conducting real-time vehicle engine analysis, to harsh breaking, erratic gear changes, high engine oil temperature, vibration monitoring, over and under loading, TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring) to monitoring truck driver fatigue, fuel levels and speeds. Once the machines and operations are connected by IoT, the real-time data feed totally changes the way the operations are managed and which reflect a real-time reaction to potential problems in the field. These real-time management reactions can gain very high efficiencies across a wide range of both up line and downline operations and the overall follow on affect.
One unique feature of either of the SNC Technologies MineLink, MineTrack or the GlobalTrack Fleet Management Systems, is that it allows the user to remotely interact with their machines. This is made possible through a data and an alarm management feature, where the user can receive an alert on their remote monitoring device or via SMS or email, with the ability to acknowledge a particular alarm through text. What’s more, SNC Technologies Fleet Management Systems offers users the ability to interface to multiple devices, whether they be legacy devices or the latest device on the market.
Potential benefits for industry include:
- Timely identification of possible damage or production stoppages, resulting in more efficient production and quality assurance
- Energy savings and cost reduction by monitoring and customizing machines’ energy usage
- Access to more live data than ever before, along with the ability to easily manipulate the data to discover important trends
These benefits are supported by a range of features such as:
- Data acquisition and diagnosis
- Visualization and analysis
- Analysis and trending
- Online access
- Export data for testing and certification
- Planning functions
- Continuous condition monitoring
- Intermittent condition monitoring
- ERP connectivity
For more information about MineLink, MineTrack and GlobalTrack Fleet Management Systems and how it could benefit by increasing efficiencies in your business, contact SNC Technologies.
SNC Technologies – The Technology Team at SatNetCom