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Gericke: Internet Of Things Is Here

Gericke: Internet Of Things Is Here
12 Feb 2021  |
With Gericke’s experience not only in powder processing but also automation and sensor integration, their systems allow for online access to sensors and analytics and direct diagnostics to assess the process and machine and planning of maintenance. But how can you benefit from this technology?

Assess, Prevent, Predict – Save Money and Energy!

With sensors and fieldbus technology widely available, a process and its equipment can be monitored in many ways. The key expertise of the machine and system supplier is to know what data shall be collected and analyzed. A good example is a dense phase conveying. Gericke is a leading supplier of this technology, which by design already saves energy and air. By applying the right combination of sensors and control algorithms, Gericke can even better monitor the state of the conveying process. This allows for further optimization while running the system or schedule preventive maintenance if process parameters imply a potential change of conditions. With Gericke’s IoT capability, this information can be accessed and evaluated from any location, and a service intervention scheduled before a process stops.

Process Safety – Detect Metal to Metal Contact

Many machines used in powder processing and handling contain moving parts, mostly made of metals. Metal-to-metal contact of such parts can be avoided to a wide extent by applying a high level of production standards and quality checks. However, this cannot prevent all cases where metal contact in a running machine can lead to damage or, even worse, to undetected metal parts in the product. Gericke applies its many years of experience in detecting metal to metal contact in rotary valves (RotaSafe), and introduces this technology to other equipment with rotating parts, such as feeders and deagglomerators. The diagnostic information can be processed with any automation systems and accessed remotely.

Automation Integration with Gericke Controller

All the data you monitor and collect only makes sense if is it processed and applied as part of a sophisticated automation concept. Gericke’s new controller family connects the specific expertise used for powder processing to the PLC, MES, and ERP network of a customer. The full modularity and access to all common communication protocols allow for integration into any automation architecture, including local WLAN or fully remote access, while maintaining all IT security standards.

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