It is a fact that the digital age has begun and we are witnessing the rapid development at every level of our lives. And in industry, too, this revolution has long since arrived. Even classic systems such as turbines, generators and pumps are subject to this trend, because digitization promises more efficient use while reducing operating costs. What’s more, as the decentralization of many branches of industry increases, demands on the control and condition monitoring of such autonomously operating systems are growing rapidly. In addition to a significant improvement and deeper detailing of preventive monitoring (condition monitoring), predictive information on the lifespan and functionality of individual components is increasingly required.
But how can concrete benefits be derived from digitization? Actually, it is always the same principle. Multifunctional and high-precision sensor systems provide detailed information about every important component of the machine, modern network technologies and novel algorithms provide for their analysis and filter out the relevant information for plant operation from the data obtained in this way. Thus, a broad field – from plant control to condition monitoring to predictive maintenance – can be covered by services relating to the machinery: all tasks that have hitherto been on the human-cognitive level, for example through the use of specially trained diagnostic engineers a high personnel expenditure and also then often can be handled only insufficiently.