Call it ‘the internet of things’, as the Americans do, or
‘Industry 4.0’ like the Europeans, but the fact remains that
we’re all speaking about the ‘digitalisation of industry’.
This is happening incrementally in
production globally, including in
New Zealand at many of this country’s
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Not only do general processes need
to be ‘digitalised’ (assuming it’s economically
viable - such as buying
through an ‘e-shop’ versus manually
placing/receiving purchase orders),
but factory sensors and instrumentation
used to measure and control
manufacturing processes may also
be upgraded to provide real-time
digital signals and continuous
insights into plant health.
Everyone appreciates what a wonderful
tool the ‘heart-beat’ monitor
is for a patient’s safety. Similarly,
this concept may be applied to
new breed digital sensors. Imagine
metering a flow rate while also monitoring
process temperature at the
sensor. Or using a pressure switch
used to protect a hydraulic system
that can also count and record
damaging pressure spikes. Or a
temperature transmitter that alarms
and reports when it has ‘drifted’,
warning operators that product is
being made outside of specification.
With this sort of additional information
being available continuously at
the plant control room, processes
can be optimised and plant/sensor
health may be monitored whenever
the plant operates. Management
now has the option to avoid unexpected
plant failures, manufacturing
down-time, or worse still…a devastating
If you found this interesting or
have questions, please contact
ifm ph. 0800 289 436, or check
out its website www.ifm.com/nz
for more information.