Recently, the importance of data has increased drastically. Data management and reliability have become the foremost concern in most companies and decisions are driven by data to ever greater extents. Data must be safe, easily accessible, and displayed in a user-friendly way. Collecting and managing it with a specialized device like the NOVUS LogBox data logger helps us to take decisions without any hesitation and allows for predictive maintenance, saving a lot of work hours, downtime, and resources for the plant.
The industry has been gaining productivity with the advances in data acquisition and communication systems, being able to perform predictive maintenance or acting in processes remotely based on data.
This article presents a case study of how LogBox 3G integration provides remote connectivity and controls for pumps in water pump stations, as well as making predictive maintenance possible and streamlining plant maintenance in other ways.
To know more about communication protocols, you can read the Visaya Article on Wireless Communication Protocols
The NOVUS LogBox Connect data logger’s features
NOVUS has recently launched a new data logger family – the LogBox Connect. It provides wireless connectivity to field signals and devices. At the same time, it offers ease of integration with cloud systems and alarming capability.
The LogBox Connect comes in three different versions – 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth Low Energy. These can fulfill the connectivity and data acquisition needs of any application.
To know more about the Logbox 3G, you can read the Visaya Product Review
Predictive maintenance using the NOVUS LogBox 3G
Let’s imagine the following scenario: A company has three remote sites in nearby towns. In each of these sites, there is one water pump station that must be monitored and controlled. The important variables to be monitored by the NOVUS LogBox are water tank level, flow, and pump status. There is no cabled internet connection in these sites and they are very far from each other.
Also, these pumps need to be controlled from both office and maintenance engineers’ mobile phones. These engineers will eventually need to turn the pumps on or off from their mobiles. However, it is desired that all sites could be monitored centrally from a monitoring system displaying important alarms and variables. And if the engineers could perform predictive maintenance and avoid unscheduled downtime, more of their efforts could be devoted to meaningful work.
To know more about data loggers, you can read the Visaya Article on Simplifying Calibration Monitoring
How does NOVUS LogBox integration work?
The solution can integrate a LogBox 3G in each of the sites to provide connectivity and control for pumps, while the NOVUS Cloud platform would display relevant data in a user-friendly way.
The flow, level, and status sensors are connected directly to the LogBox via its analog and digital built-in inputs. Its digital output is connected to a contactor that can switch on or off the water pump.
The LogBox 3G requires a SIM card to connect to the internet and send SMS alarms. It will record data locally and then send this data to the Cloud system periodically. In case, we lose the internet connection, the device will keep the data in its internal memory until the connection is back on.
SMS alarms are sent to the maintenance team in case level is too low or too high. It happens also if the water flow is not according to the specified. In case any alarming situation happens, the maintenance team can switch the pump station on or off via SMS command while they travel to the location to perform maintenance.
The NOVUS Cloud portal can be used to access historical data, display variables from all sites or to configure the devices assigned to the portal. This is a safe environment to store data, password protected and with defined user’s hierarchy. Most importantly, it can be accessed from wherever. Lastly, LogBox Connect 3G can be easily configured using a PC through its USB. There is no need for expensive cables or software. And, most importantly, predictive maintenance allows engineers to avoid unscheduled downtime.
To know more about data loggers, you can get in touch with our engineers and we will be happy to help.