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Is Wired Monitoring Still Relevant? Wired vs. Wireless

While the many benefits of environmental sensors for preventing damage to assets and equipment, automation, IT management and smart facilities are well documented and commonly discussed, many businesses are still unsure as to whether a wired or wireless system is best for their goals.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Enviromon
    In order to protect these assets in case of equipment malfunctions and/or disasters, Enviromon has been developing easy to use Environmental Monitoring Solutions to measure, track and most importantly, alert you in case of unfavourable conditions in your environment.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • USE CASES
  • Process Control & Optimization
    Process control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
  • CUSTOMER
  • IT managers, facility managers, and SCADA operators are now able to monitor and detect a wide range of environmental conditions in real-time. This data provides an irreplaceable and invaluable tool to optimize and control.
  • SOLUTION
  • What is important to keep in mind is, is that there are no overwhelming right or wrong answers when evaluating wired vs. wireless? Where one solution might be the right answer for the needs of one section of your facility, the other could be the ‘right’ answer for somewhere else.

    Knowing the specific needs of your facility and how monitoring will help reach your goals is the most integral part of the conversation when weighing out the pros and cons of wired and wireless monitoring solutions.
  • DATA COLLECTED
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Process Optimization - Real Time Monitoring]
    Monitor and detect a wide range of environmental conditions in real-time.
    Impact #2
    [Management Effectiveness - Operation Transparency]
    Increase visibility into operations requiring environmental monitoring, recording and control.
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • PARTNER
  • Enviromon
    In order to protect these assets in case of equipment malfunctions and/or disasters, Enviromon has been developing easy to use Environmental Monitoring Solutions to measure, track and most importantly, alert you in case of unfavourable conditions in your environment.
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