Mobile Connectivity for the Fast-Paced Global Manufacturing World

Compressed air efficiency at a distance

Plant Engineering, April 8, 2015. Image credit: skeeze

Today’s manufacturing facilities are upgrading automation systems and introducing mobile connectivity to meet the demands of the fast-paced and global manufacturing world. A vital part of a facility’s optimization strategy includes identifying ways to become more efficient in order to increase competitiveness, productivity, and market share.

Energy use and compressed air

Remote monitoring of compressed air equipment is one of the most effective strategies to help facilities avoid downtime. Whatever the facility’s production schedule, 24/7 remote monitoring is constantly compiling compressed air data in real time—data that can be analyzed for key performance indicators to predict potential problems. This helps plant managers develop an ongoing plan to improve system usage and efficiency throughout the production cycle.

Without a robust remote monitoring system, the facility manager is responsible for initiating service calls and keeping track of key measurement parameters such as running hours. The service call is therefore reactive instead of proactive, pushing the date of service beyond the recommended machine service interval.

You may recall the $3.2 billion in wasted energy costs—remote monitoring systems that alert managers of maintenance needs can help facilities recover thousands of dollars each year through predictive maintenance strategies.

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