Use of mobile apps for process automation
Today, if you want something done, then there’s an app for that. Because BYOD (bring your own device) has boomed in popularity, the industrial world has finally begun to notice. Today, we’ll talk about mobile apps in process automation.
Companies you know and love now use apps – WIKA has myWika, and Endress+Hauser offers SmartBlue. Then you’ll find ValveLink via Emerson and VeriMass from ABB. Last but not least, we have Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk TeamONE.
Let’s jump into the details.
How do they help?
Chemical and physical processes, like paper or waste disposal systems, come with high risks. These risks need monitoring by analog and digital tools. And these tools, in turn, need computer systems to work their data. Apps can make these things happen!
What do they do?
Most of these apps handle certain tasks or control factory functions, freeing operators from their control rooms. In addition, 4G connectivity allows users to address alarms sooner. Thus, it makes risk management easier.
Here we go with some game-changing mobile apps.
The originally named myWika works for WIKA’s CPG1500 digital pressure gauge. Segments like oil and gas benefit from its high accuracy and extended capability.
You can calibrate, monitor, and configure the CPG1500 with myWika. Plus, you don’t need data logging, thanks to Bluetooth.
This allows you to see the data, download files, and calibrate settings. Best of all, its internal memory can record up to a million values! Nifty, huh?
Endress+Hauser’s SmartBlue works great for water and wastewater when you connect the Micropilot FMR10/FMR20. Its Bluetooth makes it easy to use and your toolbelt lighter to boot. Installed over water, it detects liquid levels and maps the data.
If you add a value, then SmartBlue will give you the real-time data for it. You can also share the recorded data as a video. Finally, you can save the data with a password-protected system and encrypted transmission.
ValveLink takes care of valve health, naturally. Emerson’s AMS Trex handheld uses this software to find critical issues. You can connect ValveLink to HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus digital valve controllers. And it has various options like status, diagnostics, and utilities.
he HART connection can link with Bluetooth, giving users the data-device model and type, HART version, and such. It also provides real-time data for the setup.
The graph maps the data, and the status option shows input current, supply pressure, valve temperature, and more. Plus, abnormal behavior sets off alerts. Very handy.
All of ABB’s Coriolis mass flow meters use VeriMass. When a fluid flows through the oscillation tube, the sensors detect changes, also called phase shifts.
They’ll detect uneven values over an extended period and match them with a reference value. Any change pops up in the graph. And it offers a full review of the device, sensor, electronics, and more.
Rockwell Automation’s has an index, allowing every module to run within the host device. Modules include incident reports, diagnostics, and other functions.
Best of all, it connects without internet. How? With an offline, first-mesh structure, rather than a typical client-server setup. Every member connects wirelessly. So the incident module reports issues with image displays, while the other members verify the real-time data.
Nearly everyone uses digital resources today, and thousands of apps cover almost every idea you can imagine. So you can check the latest sports scores and find the closest sports bar. Even in our conservative realm, companies have begun to expand digitally. These apps not only help you access info on the go but also support decision making and data storage.
If you’ve used any of these apps or have your own story to share, then let us know in the comments or drop us an email.