Whether you collect data manually or continuously monitoring with sensors, you need this data to analyze the performance of your industrial assets. In a Process Instrumentation article, Smart valves and pneumatics improve plant performance from the asset up, Emerson’s Jason Maderic and Gabe Boltniew share how connectivity technologies enable greater continuous monitoring to drive safety, reliability and optimization performance.
Jason and Gabe open:
Smart valves and related pneumatic solutions are a few of these vital assets that monitor, measure and deliver data that can detect issues, save energy and help protect plants.
Wireless technology enables rapid deployment of new sensors.
Industrial wireless networks and sensors can be used in a wide range of process measurements, usually offering dramatically lower costs compared to wired alternatives, with faster installation times and minimal disruption.
Using wireless technology on an electric actuator provides a simple method for harnessing diagnostic data stranded in these hard-to-reach valves, giving end users an effective means of delivering control commands, which are typically conveyed through wiring. Wireless solutions connect valve actuators that are outside the end user’s main plant control infrastructure.
They stress the importance of collecting data locally at the device level.
Local analytics at the device level make it possible to collect relevant and useful information about smart pneumatic devices regardless of plant infrastructure, but it is necessary for other reasons, too. Since all diagnostic and prognostic information takes place at this level, local analytics ensure there is no change to the PLC program.
Beyond individual devices, solutions such as the:
…Aventics Series AES fieldbus connection can be integrated into fieldbus-compatible valve systems and can also be configured as a standalone solution. In addition, technology like Emerson’s Aventics G3 platform expands the intelligence of pneumatic fieldbus manifolds to locally execute IIoT data analytics — at the level of the device.
Using the data and analytical information can help drive performance improvements.
Smarter pneumatics enable the basic accumulation and analytics of fundamental data, like the monitoring of valve-cylinder performance, FRL filter, leakage and mission time. IIoT data paired with appropriate analysis empowers users to make accurate predictions that can stop component and system failure before they happen. By avoiding failures, plants reduce downtime, maintenance and inventory costs, as well as improve machine health and overall equipment effectiveness. This, in turn, achieves increased production and higher quality.
Read the article for more on how real-time diagnostics enhance safety, how smart controllers, such as the TopWorx DXS, protect extreme environments, and how access to this information enable connected life cycle services to drive additional performance improvements.