Predictive Maintenance and its business value

WSS custom wireless sensor solutions enable the identification, prediction, and monetization of reduced failure rates associated with high value assets – in virtually any environment

 

What is Predictive Maintenance (PdM)?

Predictive Maintenance (PdM) is a strategy that provides data and information on equipment health, reducing the need for regular maintenance, reducing costs as well as unforeseen failures thus increasing uptime, profitability and customer satisfaction.

PdM gets its wings through the Internet of Things (IoT), a lynchpin technology of Industry 4.0.  (IoT) is all about interconnecting embedded systems, bringing together three evolving technologies: sensors, wireless connectivity and data analytics. These connected embedded systems are independent microcontroller-based computers that use sensors to collect data. They are networked together usually by a wireless protocol such as WiFi, Bluetooth LE, LoRA or a custom communication system andthey are being connected to the internet easily and inexpensively, thus ushering in a second industrial revolution Companies are leveraging IoT to enable predictive maintenance.  Data is sent from the sensor over the network to the main hub or computer, on to the cloud which collects and analyzes the data providing predictability and thus reducing unnecessary routine maintenance.  PdM turns maintenance from a cost center into a profit center.

Wireless Sensor Solutions value add

With recent advances in low power microcontrollers and energy harvesters, these new “things” can be self-sustaining. Since the output from energy harvesting devices is usually small and intermittent, a system must be carefully designed since it may include appropriate conditioning circuitry to provide stable power to a microcontroller, sensors, a charge controller for a rechargeable battery, a wireless connectivity module, and/or possibly other loads.

The closer an energy harvesting device can come to supplying the overall demands of an embedded system, the closer that system can come to being battery free. The resulting solution provides an ultra-low power, virtually perpetual sensor that can be deployed to help companies effectively manage and predict potential failures associated with high value assets and machinery – in virtually any environment.

The application of wireless, ultra-low power sensors from Wireless Sensor Solutions LLC can effectively monitor high asset value equipment and provide the vital information to minimize equipment downtime.

Article: WSS Director of Business Development Brian Monks on Predictive Maintenance

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