In a factory there are many machines which need to be checked by engineering and maintenance technicians. How important is the compressed air system on that list? And what happens when you leave the compressor room to do something else? Issues with the compressor often aren’t noticed until they impact on production.
Remote monitoring gives the ability to monitor machines constantly and from anywhere. It provides users with information including:
- energy consumption
- loaded hours
- maintenance schedules
Having this information to hand can help identify trends and stay on top of maintenance. This will improve the systems efficiency while preventing system failures.
And whenever there is a serious situation, such as operating errors or temperature increases, users get notified via email or SMS. These warnings enable the issue to be addressed immediately, preventing a system shutdown.
Over Christmas, Direct Air received a critical alert from an iConn enabled compressor at a pharmaceutical facility. We were able to contact their on-shift team and organise for service engineers to resolve the problem. Without this prior warning, on the first day of full production, the customer may have had no compressed air, leading to downtime.
Remote monitoring can save times and money, with instant alerts to faults or required maintenance.
Predictive analysis & preventative maintenance
It may sound obvious but keep an organised maintenance programme in line with the manufacturer’s specifications. It’s easy for maintenance to become less of a priority during busy production periods. This can lead to scheduled maintenance oversight.
Missing scheduled maintenance can be a snowball effect. Days turn to weeks and weeks turn to months. The longer without servicing, the further away from the manufacturer’s recommendations your system is moving.
And with a remote monitoring system, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting can take place. If a compressor has a problem, the symptoms can likely provide clues to what went wrong.
Alongside trend and performance graphs, service engineers can predict future maintenance issues.