IIoT and How it Enhances Chiller System Operations

IIoT and How it Enhances Chiller System Operations

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Adoption of IIoT in chiller system operations provides complete coiling control that extends in every part of the system.

FREMONT, CA: IoT is a collection of interconnected, mechanical, and digital machines with unique identifiers (UIDs). It can transmit data over a network without any human interaction or human to computer communications. These IoT devices have become ubiquitous, and, as such, customers demand a lot more from technology in every part of the day. It is predicted that devices will make lives simpler and anticipate the requirements. These changing demands push consumer product manufacturers to invest in and adjust to the technologies.

The IoT is also shaping the development arena. Many accustomed to voice control and smooth automated processes pursue the same kinds of benefits in the manufacturing plant. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), a network of connected components often regulated within multiple groups, has thus been developed. In order to enhance system operation, serviceability, and reliability within a facility, the connected components interact and exchange information that is used to track, document, and automate processes. In the industry, IIoT technology also translates into improved operations and decreases service and maintenance expenses as it offers constant web-based access to critical process information.

Early Expectations

The early stage of IIoT targets were relatively easy for industrial chiller systems. The customer demands could be met by delivering any of the following services:

• Offer warning and alert notifications through email or text message.

• Interconnect with the customer's current control system.

• Control vital operational data obtained through a web-based system from equipment.

• Document and preserve historical details to help detect and avoid the recurrence of faults after an event.

Several challenges made their way to engineering teams when chiller device manufacturers started applying IIoT technology to their equipment. The three major ones were:

• Security

• Connectivity

• Data quality

IIoT Impact on Chiller Systems

With the difficulties being addressed, incorporating IIoT technology is transforming the systems and developing it efficiently.

Industrial chiller systems use a network of interconnected sensors, devices, and controls to offer complete cooling control that extends across every part of the system, including:

• Condenser control

• Fluid control

• Compressor control

• Evaporator control

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