If a device fails in the field, and no one was there to see it – it still failed. When will it be fixed? Could it have been fixed before it failed? Technologies like IIoT can provide data, information, and insights about equipment that is failed or failing so that it can be addressed reactively, or proactively, depending on the priorities of the maintenance and repair policies of an organization.
IIoT Insights – Simple
The very simplest insights that an IIoT system can provide are those that report a change in “normal status”. These can be immediate triggers that provide alerts about something failing, something going beyond a set limit, or something returning to a known good state. No matter the application, the information is a “snapshot” view of the state at a moment in time. The upside to this kind of information is that it is immediate, and it is reporting a real thing in the real world that needs to be addressed NOW. However, if the item being monitored is critical to the operation of the facility, it would be more useful if the information could be used to warn of an impending failure so that the failure can be avoided altogether.
IIoT Insights – Complex
The more complex insights that an IIoT system can generate are those that consider more than a single data point comparison – usually including some advanced calculations or analytics. In these cases, a trigger or alarm can also be generated, but the condition can alert the appropriate users to conditions that may be leading to a failure. For example, for some refrigeration units, the parameters (current draw, cycle times, etc.) of a good working unit is known. Thus, if the refrigerator is drawing more current or cycling more frequently than it should, this information can be used to alert the users that there is an issue with the refrigerator that needs attending to so that the refrigerator does not fail catastrophically.
IIoT Insights – Visualizing
In both simple and complex scenarios, all the data collected and transmitted to the back-end can be visualized in any number of ways. For many users, a real world mapping of the items with various color codes and labels is sufficient for their needs. Others need very high level summary table views, while still others need detail views of all the variables. Because the information from the remote devices is centralized in the back-end, all this information can be graphed, mapped, calculated, coded, and displayed however the users like to match their specific needs. They say a picture is a worth a thousand words – a visualization of data may be worth much more than that!
Bonus: IIoT Insights – Remote Control and Remote Signaling
Of course, once the users have the insights, most times they will want to do something about the situation. In the IIoT system Cellio supports, there is also the option to send control data back to the field to control indicators, equipment, etc. For example, imagine that a refrigerator was detected as failed or failing, not only could an email or SMS be sent to a distribution list of people that worked with that refrigerator, but an alarm could be turned on near the refrigerator to alert people in the area that it needed attention immediately. This ability to manually or automatically send and control information to the alarm (light, buzzer, or otherwise) allows the IIoT users to “complete the loop”.
The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense). The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views. Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy. All of this is available in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”. With insights from the IIoT system, users can inspect all of the monitored items at all times. Additionally they can be alerted when items fail or when conditions may indicate and impending failure. And to close the loop, the system can generate a response to the situation that could be gated by a human or send automatically. Cellio provides all these capabilities and more out of the box.