Industrial Valves and IoT Data
Industry 4.0 and the Industry of Things can provide a multitude of contemporary solutions, applications, and services. To unlock the full potential of IoT, Augmented Reality holds the key: IoT devices capture data from the physical world so that it can be analyzed, and AR devices take that digital data and render it back on the physical world. People can view and interact with that data.
IoT can be utilized in combination with other innovative technologies. Accordingly, Edge Realities can transform and enhance any company’s current infrastructural systems into intelligent ones. In the IoT industrial context, our system can merge AR with the social awareness of hardware such as smart glasses. This blend will allow plant operators to visualize real-time data and interact with the environment.
Edge Realities can allow for the visualization of IoT data on-site. Thus, the data is readily available for maintenance engineers who control the ongoing operation of infrastructure and industrial facilities. The industrial valve is an excellent case of use, since the human-machine interaction in AR can reduce working time. Further, it can significantly decrease the probability of making mistakes by clearly displaying the knowledge, information and animations needed for the operator to complete a vital task.
All in all, Edge Realities can enhance operational practices for any company where critical infrastructure is part of the industrial process. Our system can empower companies to better control and understand every aspect of their operation. Plus, it allows them to leverage real-time data to liberate manpower, boost productivity, improve processes, promote safety, and drive growth.
Many of today’s industries are highly dependent on the machinery used to meet production goals. For this reason, maintenance processes are critical. Most often, they follow an organized examination of industrial assets in accordance with specified guidelines which can be performed regularly. However, crucial data is not accessible where it is the most needed: on the workplace itself.
At industrial or energy facilities that have critical infrastructure, IoT sensors may be used to monitor equipment health and control pressure, temperature, and more. Typically, sensor and switch data can only be viewed in the control room on a monitoring system. For the engineer who is on-site or out in the field, they cannot see the current data to check if there is a malfunction or potential damage. The embedded IoT sensors do not have displays. Besides, they may be mounted inside pipes or attached to difficult-to-reach and potentially dangerous equipment.
To view sensor data with a mobile phone or tablet, the engineer must tap and scroll to search through hundreds of sensors on the installation. Or if the sensor is detected automatically using Bluetooth, the engineer must have a hand-held device to view the actual data.
By offering enterprises an opportunity to improve data processing, analytics and increase automation, IoT is an attractive tool for companies of all sizes. In functions such as industrial equipment maintenance, IoT and AR applications now represent the state of the art.
IoT and Augmented Reality go hand in hand. AR applications use the myriad kinds of data generated by IoT devices and components to help employees be more productive. IoT-AR solutions help employees visualize, analyze, and understand data. This, in turn, enables them to better navigate their environments. People can understand data more intuitively by viewing it in three dimensions, and by providing employees with relevant data or knowledge when they are at the worksite is the most effective way to help them work efficiently and accurately.
Among our practical, enterprise-focused use cases of Edge Realities are solutions that can be adopted to support industrial plant operators responsible for maintaining and optimizing critical infrastructure. For example, in the case of valve service our solution will allow plant operators to receive precise real-time information to help them respond immediately to industrial valve issues.
The main function of industrial valves is for controlling processes. Therefore, it is critical that valves be properly maintained and accurately controlled, and this can be a time-consuming process. Still, thorough monitoring can be a challenge in instances where the on-site operator may not have smooth access to smart sensor data that lives in the control room of the plant.
In this industrial context, IoT real-time data visualization can be of immense benefit. A feature of Edge Realities is that it can easily add digital content to the real world, making the content appear as if it is part of the physical plant infrastructure. This valuable functionality allows plant operators to interact with data more intuitively. And, with sensor data digitally overlaid onto the valve in the real world the operator can precisely perform manual valve regulation.
Providing plant operators with relevant data or knowledge when they solve problems is the most effective way to help them work. What’s more, the Edge Realities solution is device-agnostic — a technician wearing smart glasses can take it right to the working area. Consequently, this hands-free interface can simplify and significantly boost overall inspection process accuracy and time consumption.
Edge Realities can effortlessly support operators responsible for maintaining and optimizing critical equipment. It is cost-effective and simple to use. By adopting our solution and institutionalizing best practices, workers can be enabled to add more value to operational and business performance. Edge Realities can also serve as a key tool in training and other areas where knowledge transfer is necessary to successfully complete critical tasks.