Compressed air is used as a major source of energy transfer that drives many of today’s manufacturing processes and is widely used in many industries and applications, such as heavy lifting and conveyance, tire inflation, dust removal, painting and coating, vacuum packaging, cutting and sawing, and much more. An unexpected failure of air compressor equipment in any workplace will lead to costly downtimes and increased production line costs. Advantech worked with air compressor manufacturer SWAN to deliver a solution for their products.
Several top players in the industry have competed to add intelligence to their products in their initial designs to enable their equipment to be connected, communicate, and transmit data, so that their air compressors will autonomously report operational status and performance parameters to the compressor operators, and if required, send out warnings to maintenance and service engineers so as to fix breakdowns quickly but also be more preventative next time.
SWAN is a well-established air compressor manufacturer based in Taiwan who sought help from Advantech to work out an IoT solution to establish remote data monitoring for their rotary screw compressors and reciprocating compressors—which are two of the most commonly used types of air compressors in today’s industry.
The equipment data is collected and sent to an intelligent edge server and a cloud platform for analysis on the performance patterns of the serviced compressors, so that the compressor users and their maintenance service providers can keep an eye on the health and the operational status of their equipment, including the temperature, pressure, air flow, and the conditions of major components such as motors, belts, bearings, oil separator, and air filters. The monitoring system will send warnings of problems and trigger a visit by maintenance and service engineers onsite if there are any breakdowns. The compressor manufacturer’s cloud service will also issue alerts to remind specific users of component renewals before deadlines arrive.