A Heart for Industry 4.0
Published on : Monday 01-11-2021
Ready for Industry 4.0 – How Heartbeat Technology from Endress+Hauser creates real added value.
Heartbeat Technology integrates Industry 4.0 concepts with monitoring functions. For example, you transfer the relevant monitoring data from the device via the integrated W-LAN interface. The data is uploaded directly into the cloud, where the Predictive Analytics App calculates the optimum maintenance time. The maintenance staff then receives a message about the remaining work list of the device along with the next meaningful service date. Hereby you reduce maintenance costs and increase plant availability as unscheduled downtimes are minimised.
Addressing plant managers and plant engineers across industries, who fight with plant availability, reduced resources but increased requirements and complexity in their plants and want to improve the maintenance efficiency or possibly deploy predictive maintenance measures.
The three pillars of Heartbeat Technology
Heartbeat Technology is a digital testing concept. Endress+Hauser has developed it to enable customers to increase their plant availability while reducing maintenance efforts. The design philosophy is based on balancing measurement functionality, safety and simplicity. It consists of three pillars: Heartbeat Diagnostics, Heartbeat Verification and Heartbeat Monitoring.
1. Heartbeat Diagnostics
Standardised diagnostic messages with clear instructions facilitate an efficient and status-oriented maintenance. Permanent self-diagnostics of the instrument enable a safe plant operation with extended verification cycles.
2. Heartbeat Verification
A guided verification procedure without interruption of the process achieves documented verification results. The automatically generated verification protocol supports the evidence required for regulations, laws and standards.
3. Heartbeat Monitoring
Trend recognition for predictive maintenance is easy to achieve with the provided instrument and process data. With a combination of device and process parameters you analyse targeted process optimisation.
Permanent self-diagnostics of devices:
a. In-depth diagnostic coverage (DC) up to 98%
b. Testing of sensor through to output signal
c. Permanently available
d. Uniform solution for flow, level, analytical and temperature measuring devices
e. Unique and unparalleled quality of diagnostic function with continuous self-monitoring of everything from the sensor to the output signal, Heartbeat Technology ensures that your measurements are reliable, regardless of process and environmental conditions.
Verification is done in three minutes – even remotely
Heartbeat Verification generates further added value for plant operators and maintenance officers. It enables device verification within three minutes. Because there is no active intervention in the signal circuit, even employees without special expertise can perform the verification at any time.
Because the new process transmitters feature Bluetooth® connectivity, users do not have to go near the devices. Instead, with Bluetooth®, they can conveniently access them directly from a distance. The process of the plant continues without interruption. The service technician goes go through the verification step by step via the SmartBlue app from Endress+Hauser on a mobile end device, for example on a tablet or smartphone. Alternatively, verification is possible via digital communication with HART or with the graphic display.
Heartbeat Verification takes care of the documentation of device functions automatically. This is an important service in the chemical, power or oil and gas industries where equipment testing is performed periodically, and the outcomes must be recorded. The verification report is issued as a PDF immediately after verification and contains all relevant data.
A look into the future
One of the reasons why the Heartbeat Technology functions are so helpful is that they happen in real time as the analysis runs around the clock and is always available. But there is an even higher potential: The data obtained can be used to feed algorithms that enable predictive maintenance. It is now possible to determine how heavily aggregates in the immediate vicinity of the process transmitters are stressed and use this for data-based decision making for maintenance or replacement.
Heartbeat Technology shows that the added value of Industry 4.0 can be summed up with the knowledge triangle: Data becomes information, information becomes knowledge, and knowledge is used to optimise maintenance priorities and processes.
Instruments with Heartbeat Technology extend proof test cycles significantly and deliver standardised diagnostic messages for economical maintenance. Verification occurs directly in the measuring point without process interruption to reduce verification efforts. Monitoring data facilitates predictive maintenance for further optimisations of the process. Heartbeat Technology provides easier and better control of your measuring points.
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