The Time is Now for Data Reporting
The Time is Now for Data Reporting
CAMPAIGN: Sustainable Innovation at Atlas Copco
There is so much information readily available, anywhere, anytime we need or want it. What’s the tallest building in the world? Google is on it (it’s Burj Khalifa in Dubai). Who won the Super Bowl in 1974? Siri has you covered (the Dolphins beat the Vikings – strange to think about today). What’s the weather going to be like today? (check your nearest window or door).
Anecdotal information about how today’s smartphones compare to the decades-old technology that first help Americans land on the moon tells us we have more computing power in the palm of our hand than could have ever been imagined even 20 years ago. This immediate access to data provides us with so many advantages and is good for so much more that just settling friendly wagers or trivia questions.
Baby monitors keep an eye on sleeping children. Mobile apps for home security systems show live look-ins and provide immediate updates of system changes. Shouldn’t you take advantage of the technology that’s out there to monitor and maintain the significant, sophisticated infrastructure of a compressed air system to optimize system dynamics and stay ahead of unforeseen circumstances that require immediate action?
One of those advantages is the ability to monitor work functions away from the office, wherever that might be. When SmartLink 24/7 data monitoring was first introduced by Atlas Copco as a complement to Elektronikon control, it revolutionized the way customers could access web-based monitoring and receive alerts that allowed them to adjust production levels and take a proactive approach to preventing equipment failures, saving energy costs and downtime at the same time.
Now, more and more retrofit options are available that allow SmartLink to connect older compressed air systems to newer technology. SmartLink is easy to install and its intuitive, customizable dashboard allows users to collect and compare data to provide a quick snapshot of current conditions, allowing them to make intelligent decisions about where they are, and where they need their systems to be. Alerts are also delivered via text or email, making access from anywhere easy and immediate.
An estimated 30 billion kilowatt-hours and $3.2 billion is lost as wasted energy and costs by compressed air systems in the U.S. annually due to preventable maintenance issues and inefficient operations. Additionally, compressed air production typically accounts for up to 40 percent of a facility’s total energy consumption. When the compressed air system is optimized for energy efficiency, the entire operation benefits.
Knowing exactly how the compressed air system is running makes identifying ways for improvement easier and immediate, based on deliverables in the form of detailed analysis built from a variety of performance indicators that help determine energy peaks and valleys to maximize efficiency.
Compressed air system and equipment remote monitoring is one of the most effective strategies that facilities can employ to help avoid downtime. Whatever production schedules might demand and fluctuate, 24/7 remote monitoring is constantly compiling system data. This data can then be analyzed for key performance indicators to predict potential problems, helping plant managers develop an ongoing and ever-changing plan to improve system usage and efficiency throughout the production cycle.
Being able to stay one step ahead of the unknown allows you to make intelligent business decisions that can save thousands of dollars. And it’s all right there in your pocket. It’s hard to unplug, but keeping an eye on things wherever you are makes it easier.