Let’s take a step back. What is IoT? IoT stands for internet of things. IoT is a network of physical objects embedded with software and other technologies that connect and exchange data with other devices over the internet. In this case, we are focusing on the industrial internet of things (IIoT) comprised of industrial grade sensors and other digital devices that communicate data back and forth over the internet.
According to IoT Magazine, there are two main ways the latest industrial IoT technology is revolutionizing the fluid power industry.
- Data management in conventional hydraulic power systems: Today’s norm for solenoid valves include built-in diagnostic sensors that keep track of operating variables like temperature, flow and voltage. The data collected from these valves is used specifically in the control of the valve. In contrast, IoT sensors and actuators can collect this data, communicate with local facility systems, and transfer the data over the internet to wherever it is needed. Pretty cool, huh?
- Fluid power management: One of the biggest advantages enabled by IIoT technology is the ability to remotely control facility systems. With an IoT solenoid valve installed, it gives the employee the ability to manage the system, even without direct access to the valve itself. Many of these actuators are controlled via platforms accessible by smartphones, etc. Additionally, remote access to system data can benefit hydraulic power systems when it comes to damaged or failing equipment by communicating the data directly from the hydraulic system to their service company or OEM. This can resolve the issue without a technician having to physically inspect the entire system beforehand. Technicians can also be notified that maintenance is needed with the use of predicative maintenance strategies from IoT sensors.
Most technological advancements have their setbacks. The use of some IIot technologies may complicate things with their security parameters. But overall, IIoT can improve the operation of fluid power systems through the use of remote monitoring, control of hydraulic systems and advanced predictive maintenance strategies. If you are looking to revolutionize the use of your fluid power applications through IoT technology, contact us today to get the conversation started.