As a major manufacturer of test and measurement instrumentation, Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd. always prioritizes technological innovation. Industry 4.0 offers the capability of smart sensors that provide early warnings about potential maintenance problems before they cause production shutdown. To enable similar tasks in smart sensors, Endress+Hauser has developed Heartbeat Technology.
Instruments equipped with Heartbeat Technology use sensor information apart from the primary measured value to offer diagnostic, verification, and monitoring abilities that provide deep insights into the device’s state and the process.
Higher efficiency in operations
Heartbeat Technology is used in flow, level, pressure, and temperature instruments in the field to monitor their operation and provide insight into process conditions. This way, users can reliably identify anomalies and take immediate action. This can even prolong the intervals in a preventive-maintenance schedule. Preventive maintenance has become a priority for the majority of relevant businesses today, as large industrial operations lose an average of 323 production hours per year from unnecessary downtime.
Among the advantages of using Heartbeat Technology are better measuring reliability, higher efficiency in operations, achieved regulatory compliance, higher productivity, and reduced unexpected downtime. The diagnostic function lets instruments self-test continuously in the background and report their conditions with a diagnostic coverage as high as 97 per cent, while the verification function allows users to verify functional integrity without process interruption. These benefits boost process performance and help optimize calibration and testing cycles.
With Heartbeat Technology, sensor signals yield much more data, especially when demanding process conditions affect devices negatively – for instance, corrosion or abrasion of sensor parts, foam in a tank, or buildup on a sensor surface. This technology by Endress+Hauser detects these influencing factors and translates them into comprehensible information about the device and process. Plant operators can recognize unwanted changes quickly and dependably if they observe these parameters over time.
Users can call up most Heartbeat functions directly on their devices, but its full potential unfolds when plant operators integrate it into their infrastructure or connect it to a cloud. In a connected environment, applications are carried out more comfortably and efficiently.
For more information, contact Endress+Hauser.