The Internet of Things (IoT) describes those objects and components that have had sensors installed which are capable of monitoring the conditions in which they operate, their levels of performance and their physical state.
IoT is permeating industry. Rolls Royce, for instance, now installs as many as 25 sensors in its commercial jet aircraft engines measuring such things as temperatures, shaft speeds, pressures, vibration levels and metal content in oil.
Workers on the shop floors of many manufacturing concerns now wear “smart glasses”, which incorporate displays of instructions for particular jobs, like how a unit coming down the line could be customized.
In the construction industry, major players are becoming increasingly rapid adopters of the IoT concept.
It is being employed to hone machine hours, improve fuel consumption, track GPS and clock idle time. As a result these applications are helping equipment owners in many ways including being able to:
1. schedule maintenance to prevent future problems
2. plan operating procedures to optimize performance
3. prevent misuse and theft of equipment.
More sophisticated systems have also been brought in to track and measure things like fluid temperatures, engine loads, and pressures.
Some software even provides analysis that helps data to be used for crucial decision making like predictive maintenance. This means oil only being changed when its physical condition has deteriorated, and repairs being carried out only when they are really needed.
With RigScan, a customer service program developed by Atlas Copco, the European equipment manufacturer, engineers use mobile devices and testing equipment, including embedded sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and other kit to perform health checks on particular machines. The result is a comprehensive report listing all parts and services required for the equipment to run within factory specifications.
For some Canadian customers, Atlas Copco has even integrated eCommerce functionality from software developer Gigabit to build itemized parts lists and submit orders.
1. Lowered Costs
2. Safer Employees
3. Smarter Design
“Intelligent machines” have been quietly establishing themselves in the past few years, leading to systems performing better and users becoming accustomed to new methods for doing things.
Certain models of new machines leased or bought from outfits like Caterpillar, Komatsu or Case come as standard packed with telematics sensors and software to monitor data as it is gathered.
Case buyers, for example, receive a free, three-year subscription to SiteWatch, which offers reporting via mobile app, website, and email, to keep tabs on individual operators' performances and missing machines - whether onsite or 1,000 miles away.
When we talk about the total cost of ownership (TCO), we are referring to the analysis of the value of the complete life cycle of a capital purchase. TCO takes into account all the phases of ownership from acquisition through operation, and the softer costs of change management like documentation and training.
In terms of TCO, the benefits of IoT are that it's much easier to take account of things like the cost of unscheduled downtime costs when machines break down. Similarly it enables problems to be faced and tackled like why does one operator use 40% more fuel than the average and which consumables can wait before having to be being replaced. The data that IoT produces turns unknowns into known.
It's never a good idea to ignore any new technologies. They could make all the difference. By installing the free apps that are available or logging in to a manufacturer’s website, it may be possible to glean some piece of information about the machines you have and the people who operate them that will make a big difference. If a contractor who has 10 machines could save just five gallons of fuel per machine per day, it would add up $25,000 in saved revenue and make the bottom line look a lot rosier.
How IOT helps in construction The Internet of Things (IoT) describes those objects and components that have had sensors installed which are capable of monitoring the conditions in which they operate, their levels of performance and their physical state. IoT is permeating industry. Rolls Royce, for instance, now installs as many as 25 sensors in […]