How To Extract Additional Value From Your Existing Applications

March 24, 2020

In order to stay relevant in an ever evolving industry, gaining more value from your existing applications is an important step that your company could take today. In this post, we will go into detail regarding how your company can gain access to value adding data, without spending a fortune.

Sensor Technology - the Future of IoT

The buzz regarding sensor technology is not for nothing. There are huge gains to be made from implementing sensor technology into your current applications. These are a couple of the most important features of sensor technology in IoT compatible industries:

1. Location

Location sensors are devices that are used for measuring Location data for the tagged machinery. In order to make sure that your machinery is working in an optimal way, it is important to have full access to positional data. This data can then be used to optimize warehouse routes, reduce workflow bottlenecks, and reduce risks, both for human staff but also related to machine malfunction. Investing in Location sensor tags provides your company with crucial data about how your warehouse or factory performs.

2. Temperature and Environment

Temperature sensors are most often used in food processing, chemical handling, and HVAC control, but they can also be used in specific circumstances in manufacturing. Temperature sensors can take advanced temperature measurements, monitor and measure air and barometric pressure, humidity, and CO2.

3. Activity

Sensors that use activity data are getting more and more popular in warehouses and in manufacturing, especially due to the fact that activity sensors enable organizations to have more control of activity on the factory floor. These sensors can for instance be used to turn lights on and off based on activity in a certain zone and thereby cutting energy costs, or to gather data relevant to certain activities in the factory or warehouse, such as tracking machinery in order to prevent accidents and to predict maintenance.

Added Value for Your Current Applications

There are many use cases where sensor technology adds value, regardless of industry or application. One critical area where smart sensors can provide a great deal of benefit is in maintenance. Identifying potential risks in regards to your machines has never been an easy task. If you are not using smart sensor technology for your maintenance, you are probably working reactively, or in the best case scenario, proactively. This means that you are either waiting for the machines to break and then fixing them, or continuously maintaining your machines, regardless if they need it or not. Both these scenarios are however costly, and this is where the added value of sensor technology enters the picture.

By applying sensors to your machines, you can start using predictive maintenance. What this means is that your machines gather and broadcast their status in order to optimize the maintenance of them. This leads to better and more efficient usage of spare parts and reduces down-time. Some other benefits include reduced time spent on maintenance, increased efficiency, and reduced risks associated with machine failure.

What Do You Need to Implement Predictive Maintenance?

You need the following to implement predictive maintenance:

  • Smart sensors

By applying a smart sensor to your machines you get all the data you need to plan and predict maintenance

  • Data communication

In order for the data to be used you need a system for the data to be sent to and from your machines.

  • A central database

You need a place for the data, either locally or cloud based.

  • Predictive analysis

Most people are not trained in predictive maintenance, which is why most organizations use some kind of software or algorithm to plan their machine maintenance.

How Does it Work?

Our sensor tags are ready to be used. We are well aware that our users are wary of getting too technical with their devices. After all, these sensors are made to optimize and streamline your operation, not make it more difficult. When your sensor tags are installed you gain access to Wittra’s API, giving you access to a world of data, and enabling you to use the data you gather from your sensor usage.

Other Use Cases & The Future of Industry

While predictive maintenance is something that almost every business that uses machines can implement, there are many more use cases for smart sensors. As we mentioned previously, smart sensors can be used to measure temperature and humidity, which means that they can be used in industrial IoT environments and in food processing, as well as triggers for alarms in factories and warehouses. There are also obvious benefits in positional sensors when it comes to logistics and warehouse management, and smart sensors can also lead to great benefits for your staff as the data that they generate can be used to generate reports and analytics for your organization.

Many have labeled sensor technology as a crucial part of what experts are calling Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. The best part is that the benefits of sensor technology are two-fold, and synergistic: you get the added value from data that the sensors enable, but you also get the added benefit of data and analytics that your machines are now able to communicate with you. As such, you will probably not find a more valuable investment in 2020 than a smart sensor. Contact us to learn more about how your company can get more value from your applications in 2020.