Compressed Air Systems are used in over 70% of manufacturing processes for one task or another. These vital systems are an integral part of the industry and the ability to keep them running with minimal downtime is critical in the profitability and functioning of many factories. Unfortunately, these critical systems are also very prone to breakdowns and in many typical factories; there will be several days of downtime each year occasioned by a busted air compression system. For this reason, technical departments in many industries pay particular attention to these systems.
Looking at most air compression breakdowns across different industries, it becomes clear that a lot of the breakdowns are occasioned by lack of proper maintenance. This suggests that if there was a proactive way of monitoring the health of the air compression system and taking remedial action, many factories and manufacturing processes could save a fortune on the costs associated with these breakdowns and outages. A good example is the automotive industry where the breakdown of the air compression system often leads to the slowdown of various processes across the assembly line. For this reason, new methods that are based on cellular technology have come up that help maintenance departments do exactly that.
Understanding Cellular Connectivity
This is a type of remote connectivity that uses cellular technology to track the health and performance of equipment. Cellular connectivity tracks this in real time, allowing you to see how the equipment is functioning even while it is in use. Beyond the health of the equipment, operators are able to track other related factors such as operating conditions, energy consumption, and other indicators. This information is collected automatically, making it unnecessary for employees to manually collect the information.
Wired and Wireless
Remote monitoring systems broadly fall into wired and wireless connections. As the name suggests, wired connections are built-in systems that operate within a certain radius and while very reliable, they are limited in what they can do and typically tend to be very expensive. Wireless monitoring, on the other hand, relies on wireless technology such as Blue Tooth, WIFI, and cellular signals to move data to different locations.
Advantages of Cellular Monitoring Systems
Clearly, wireless monitoring systems have obvious advantages over their wired counterparts. Cellular connections, however, have very clear advantages over other wireless connections. They are easy to use over long distances, use excellent bandwidth and are largely immune to interference. Because most places in the world are covered by cellular transmitters, they can connect multiple locations over long distances and allow for direct connection, unlike radio waves that have to be relayed over long distances creating the need for additional equipment.
Advantages of Cellular Monitoring For Air Compression Systems
When you monitor your air compression system with cellular technology, you are able to reduce machine downtime by catching problems before they bring the machine to a complete halt, you can reduce your compressor’s energy consumption and finally, you improve the overall lifespan of the machine. All these things lead to greater profits for your company.