Industrial compressed air advancements are making systems more productive, convenient and efficient. One of the most promising areas of innovation for the compressed air industry is connectivity and data analysis. The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that by the end of 2020, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) network will consist of more than 29 billion connected devices. Although compressor manufacturers are still trying to figure out the best ways to leverage this connectivity, two growing trends are Data Analytics and Predictive Maintenance.
Gardner Denver Leading the Way
Gardner Denver’s newest monitoring solution, iConn, is a predictive service that provides a detailed view of system performance so businesses can stay ahead of potential issues. iConn sends machine health data directly into the Connected Customer platform, a secure cloud-based database solution. Data from iConn is continually analyzed and consolidated. Trends and visual cues can quickly provide a snapshot of your compressor’s health. Alerts for faults, warnings, alarms and exception-based notifications are viewable from within the platform and can also be sent out as emails or texts.
Benefits of Gardner Denver’s iConn:
- Real-time monitoring and alarms
- Cloud-based visualization and data analysis
- Remote monitoring of real time performance
- Data analysis available on an app
- Three levels of services to meet specific needs
- Ability to plan for scheduled maintenance
The iConn system uses a GSM cellular network, so there is no need to connect to the plant network, which could cause possible disruptions. iConn’s standard data connectivity is a free service that comes installed on all new Gardner Denver CompAir compressors and can be retrofitted for existing compressor installations.
Using the iConn solution, along with Gardner Denver’s Connected Customer online portal, allows businesses and their supporting distributors to gain a true 360-degree view of their compressed air equipment. The ability to create and track service history, predict upcoming service schedules, access oil sample reports and help reduce downtime with advanced failure warnings all add to the value of this comprehensive and easy-to-use platform.
DFH Haus GmbH, a prefabricated homes manufacturer in Germany, uses the iConn smart flow management tool to monitor plant data, such as pressure, temperature and energy consumption remotely, so they no longer have to visit installations in person. DFH receives alerts and error messages via email so they can respond to issues quickly.
See if iConn is Right for You
Performing maintenance on an air compressor as soon as it’s due to be serviced is one of the best ways to maximize the machine’s efficiency, uptime and longevity. Lewis Systems is a certified Gardner Denver partner and can set up and service your iConn and Connected Customer platforms to help you get the most out of your compressed air equipment. Contact us at 800.222.4553 to speak with a professional about your connectivity needs.