Simple plug-and-play for condition monitoring and preventative maintenance
Sick has launched The Monitoring Box, a simple system that enables plug-and-play condition monitoring and preventative maintenance of sensors, machines, processes and plants.
The Sick Monitoring Box can be adapted for diverse individual operating requirements to provide live status feedback and historical analysis, supporting more effective maintenance and optimised efficiency.
With the Sick Monitoring Box, all kinds of industrial operations from manufacturing and logistics to ports, transport systems or waste management facilities, can begin to digitalise their processes on the road to Industry 4.0. Enabled by pre-configured apps on a wide range of Sick sensors, the Monitoring Box provides transparent data monitoring through an intuitive, browser-based dashboard for desktop or mobile devices. Device data is processed via powerful IoT gateways to enable local data storage on a customer premises or via secure connection to the Sick cloud.
Simple and adaptable
Neil Sandhu, Sick UK Product Manager for measurement and systems, commented: “The Sick Monitoring Box is so simple and adaptable that the opportunities for condition monitoring are limited only by your imagination.
“Bolt on the Sick Monitoring Box and transparent information about the health of your machines is just a few short steps away. Depending on your requirements, information such as operating hours, wear, temperature, energy usage or level of contamination, turns into a valuable resource.
“As a result, your machines and systems become more available and efficient. Unplanned maintenance time is reduced and operating staff can be deployed more efficiently to respond to any issues that occur. You will extend the operating life of machines through a better understanding of historical trends and patterns.”
Data at a glance
To get started, the company says that a Sick service employee installs and activates the gateway, devices are connected and data transmission begins. If preferred, customers can then choose to hand over their entire device monitoring to Sick service, not only of Sick sensors, but also of third-party devices where appropriate.
The process is simply to log in and view all the devices at a glance with the AssetBrowser, search by device status using the AssetFilter, view incidents and graphical representations to identify historical patterns and trends. The Data Explorer and Event Log is used to review a record of alarms and notifications. Email alerts can be set up, for example to notify operators when values go under or over pre-determined limits, enabling a more speedy response to maintenance and servicing needs.
Thanks to the pre-defined monitoring SensorApps, additional sensors can be integrated into the Sick Monitoring Box without any programming knowledge. Once installed, greater transparency enables sensors and machines to be monitored remotely. Operating and process parameters can be easily visualised.
The Sick Monitoring Box also offers a reliable system architecture, robust data security and password-protected access rights. Sick provides the corresponding IoT gateways for network-capable sensors and machines to ensure encrypted transmission of data, either to on-premises data storage, or off-premises on a secure server hosted by Sick in Germany. For customers choosing the Sick cloud, an encrypted connection between the Sick TDC-E gateway and Sick cloud is made via https. This secure connection is audited according to IEC 62443-4-2 (SL2).