with the CloudRail.Box and secondary sensors
The idea behind „industrial retrofitting“ or „secondary sensing“ is to equip old machines (brownfield) with additional sensors to gather data for IIoT applications like condition monitoring or predictive maintenance. These sensors are exclusively used for the IIoT use case and completely separated from the actual production environment. This means they are not connected to e.g. the PLC or fieldbus and have no impact on the actual process. Typical sensors are for example vibration, temperature, pressure, distance, buttons or simple actuators like tower lights.
Advantages of Retrofitting
Use Cases for Industrial Retrofitting
Predictive quality analytics extracts actionable insights from industrial data sources such as manufacturing equipment, environmental conditions and human observations to optimize the quality of factory output. Higher quality products increase customer satisfaction and reduce product recalls.
Asset condition monitoring captures the state of your machines and equipment to determine asset performance. You can capture IIoT data, such as temperature, vibration or pressure which indicate if equipment is performing optimally. With increased visibility, you can maximize asset utilization and fully exploit your investment.
Predictive maintenance analytics captures the state of industrial equipment to identify potential breakdowns before they impact production resulting in an increase in equipment lifespan, worker safety, and the supply chain optimization. You can continuously monitor and infer equipment status, health and performance to detect issues in real-time.
CloudRail for Retrofitting
The CloudRail.Box allows you to easily connect over 12.000 professional industrial sensors from almost any manufacturer to cloud platforms like AWS, Microsoft Azure, SAP and many more. There is a sensors for almost any use case available. Thanks to CloudRail’s unique Plug&Play approach, it takes less than a minute to connect any sensor the the cloud: Plug-in the sensor, select the cloud, done! Learn more
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