Pandemic has led to surge in remote equipment monitoring


Pandemic has led to surge in remote equipment monitoring

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the benefits of working remotely utilising new and existing technologies to monitor and manage operations from a distance — whether a few metres away on the factory floor or on the other side of the world.

While many forward-thinking businesses had already embraced the concepts behind remote working, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, there is no doubt that COVID-19 has increased the speed of uptake in many sectors and shown the real benefits of this way of working to the most sceptical of observers.

One company that has noticed an increase in remote equipment monitoring is HRS Heat Exchangers, which says that one feature that is increasingly being specified on its systems (such as pasteurisers, sterilisers, fillers and food processing systems) is the fitment of remote monitoring and telemetry systems. These are normally based on an Ethernet connection, but where the necessary infrastructure is not available, an integrated data SIM may be used instead.

This allows users to easily manage, operate and analyse equipment performance within their own business, something which is particularly useful for larger companies operating over multiple sites or even across different countries. Another benefit is that the supplier’s engineering staff can easily access the system remotely for troubleshooting or to allow the installation of software upgrades, for example.

“This remote functionality has been available for some time, but it is noticeable since the start of the coronavirus pandemic how much more popular remote monitoring and operation has become,” said Matt Hale, International Sales & Marketing Director at HRS Heat Exchangers. “Our clients can be assured that we are able to meet their requirements in terms of remotely connecting to our heat exchangers and other systems.”

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