EcoAxis’ IoT solutions provide a decision support system for online operations and maintenance that integrates plant operations, management, and maintenance processes. In a typical multi-plant operation setup, having a role-based decision support system helps to improve productivity, benchmark unit-wise performance, and deliver remote expert advice to an enterprise. Besides productivity improvement, making relevant information available in this manner also ensures trouble-free operations, avoidance of unforeseen failures, and improved performance coupled with cost savings and avoidance of penalties in key industries. EcoAxis provides IoT solutions for remote monitoring with analytics to a wide range of industries such as power, textile, sugar, water, and more.
Power generation companies generally use DCS-SCADA systems to operate the plant within prescribed operating ranges. While the information presented by these systems is in real-time, it is available mainly in control rooms within a power plant. As the cost of downtime for a power plant continues to grow, there is a pressing need to make relevant data of critical parameters from these instruments available beyond the confines of the plant to experts who can remotely guide and resolve issues quickly.
EcoAxis’ IoT solutions provide a decision support system for online operations & maintenance that integrates plant operations, fuel and water chemistry management, and maintenance processes to help generate information for operating decisions that creates savings in fuel, personnel costs and maintenance costs, — hence extending the life of your power plant.
This data should also be available beyond the confines of the plant – to a place where analysis (predictive as well as post-failure) can be done and decisions can be taken by an expert who may not be continuously present on the shop floor. EcoAxis' remote monitoring and analytics solutions track critical parameters of process equipment and utilities such as fabric/machine speed, temperatures, pressures, tension, run-hours, stoppages, utility consumption etc. Monitoring of performance and maintenance on a minute-by-minute (or a second-by-second) basis, followed by managing the operation of the plant through advanced supervision and diagnostic tools of EcoAxis helps reducing textile plant operating and maintenance costs.
Hardware and software components of our solution help in acquiring critical data from various entry points such as control systems of machinery, barcode scanners, instruments, etc. It also facilitates manual data entry by operators where it is entirely necessary. This data is sent to remote or local server through Ethernet, GPRS, or broadband connections. EcoAxis' software and database on the server stores this raw data and creates actionable information using high-end analytic tools. This raw data and analytics are made available to authorized users on any device, anytime, anywhere.
In a typical multi-plant operation setup, controlling losses and ensuring increased productivity is possible for an enterprise only if relevant manufacturing information is available on any device, anytime, anywhere.
Manual and conventional logging of data is difficult to compile owing to the massive scale of data involved in the operations of an integrated sugar complex. This calls for an IoT monitoring solution that tracks critical parameters of operations and production output on a minute-by-minute or even second-by-second basis. This compilation is followed by automated analytics and managing the operation of the plant through online reports and alerts – in a manner that is very similar to internet banking.
If you have a typical multi-plant sugar complex, EcoAxis' solution will help you control losses and ensure increased productivity by making manufacturing information available to you on any device, anytime, anywhere – literally at your fingertips.
Renewable energy technologies are constantly going through a phase of development and continuous improvement – as such the monitoring of such systems is critical to for the identification and quantification of performance parameters of the system. As renewable energy is dependent on natural sources of energy, it is essential to assess the potential of such sources in different locations and seasons. Thus monitoring of natural resources is essential to assess the potential of different technologies for different applications and locations. Monitoring of installed renewable energy systems is a tool useful for development, design verification, and defining operating and maintenance practices. Continuous monitoring of a system not only helps in quantifying the output of the system in different weather conditions but also helps in identifying deviations from normal operating parameters and thus react to any problems in time.
Energy monitoring for renewable energy technologies will help for development of new technologies as well as new applications, improve the utilization factor, and facilitate benchmarking, sizing, and selection. In the case of installations at remote locations, vital data about weather conditions that influence input energy and losses as well as parameters that affect the performance of the system should reach key personnel at the head office to enable them to make informed decisions to ensure the optimal management of the plant. Continuously monitoring component health helps to identify and resolve failure conditions and ensures maximum capacity utilization. Continuous monitoring using EcoAxis solution will lead to overall optimized costs of O&M, improved availability, performance, RoI and reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). EcoAxis’ CMV systems are presently used for monitoring of various concentrated solar thermal installations, biomass gasification systems, solar PV plants, and wind farms.
EcoAxis' solution provides a decision support system through continuous monitoring that can integrate plant operations, consumables management, and maintenance processes to help generate information for data-driven decision making. An informed decision can thus lead to savings in operation and maintenance cost, improved life, and performance of the plant.
The lack of the right information to the right people at the right place and right time leaves plant managers and personnel struggling to meet these challenges. Expansive plants and geographically distributed plant locations only compound the challenges. A centralized on-line, real-time decision support system that can empower personnel with information on the device of their choice i.e. laptop, mobile phones, or tablets would help meet these challenges.
Such a system will involve:
Continuous monitoring of remote plant assets for real-time information on:
- Critical process parameters like pH, conductivity, ORP etc.
- Continuous tracking of critical process parameters that help:
- Identify and address deviations quickly
- Track equipment health / condition to instill and manage predictive / condition-based maintenance
- Real-time reporting of KPI's like specific chemical consumption, energy consumptions that help keep track of operational effectiveness and performance
- Alerts for intimating plant users about critical plant conditions before they get out of hand.
Remote performance monitoring systems help in collating data & analyzing the various parameters related to the performance of utility equipment. The critical parameters can be e monitored on a continuous basis in a near real-time basis. Continuous monitoring and analysis of those parameters is helpful in scheduling of operations as well as maintenance activities of different sub-systems to ensure effective availability of the plant to meet demand.
Why remote monitoring system?
It is said that “you cannot manage what you cannot measure”. Thus for efficient management of valuable facility assets, it is essential to measure critical parameters. Remote monitoring and analytics of critical parameters ensures the availability of data to authorized users at different locations at any time for devising measures that ensure efficient performance of the system or equipment, thus leading to savings. It ensures the system performance and provides engineering support to the plant operation team. Customized dashboards based on the analysis of the continuously monitored data can convey critical information quickly, which in turn will help facility managers to take corrective action at appropriate times. Notifications & alerts can be generated in case of deviation of critical parameters from the normal operating ranges, according to the the requirements of a particular site.
The following equipment can be monitored using CMV:
- Air Handling Units
- Cooling Towers
- Water treatment plants: RO, STP
- Diesel Generators
- Indoor air quality like particulate, temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide
- UPS systems