23 June, 2017

Gardner Denver supports Industry 4.0 and IoT with iConn

16 June, 2017

Gardner Denver has launched iConn, a cloud-based, air management platform from its CompAir brand that enables operators to manage, optimise and improve compressed air-based services.


As Industry 4.0 is driving manufacturers to share and analyse asset data, customers are demanding more intelligent insights into their compressed air performance that will remove risks, improve productivity and reduce energy consumption.

The CompAir iConn has been developed to meet this requirement by delivering advanced analytics, which enable operators to stay in control of their installation. The system can provide historic, real-time, predictive and cognitive analytics, enabling users to rectify potential issues before they happen.

Increased uptime

The iConn cloud platform is particularly beneficial for businesses with multiple, remote sites or unmanned installations. It enables users to monitor compressor performance from a single location, via their mobile device, tablet or PC. iConn helps minimise fault incidences for increased uptime, and also provides detailed machine parameters and over-time trend analysis to enable plant managers to optimise system performance.

Compressor or ancillary asset data can be transferred securely via GSM, Ethernet or Wi-Fi to a wide range of connected devices. iConn’s secure cloud-based services allow users to view real-time analytics or access data via open APIs.

CompAir experts can also access the information (subject to service agreement) to help customers make informed choices around compressor air optimisation, maintenance schedules and energy performance.

The iConn platform is designed to suit the application and level of service required:

• iConn Assess is for entry-level installations and provides a detailed overview of compressor system performance, helping operators to view and analyse key operating data online and take action to rectify any potential issues.

• iConn Protect features a predictive maintenance-scheduling tool, which notifies the customer of any anticipated machine faults and enables service to be scheduled in advanced to rectify any issues before they lead to equipment downtime.

• iConn Manage offers a comprehensive insight into compressor performance, alongside a 24/7 service option from Gardner Denver’s technical team, providing advanced analytics, remote monitoring and efficiency audits.

Charles Joel, Gardner Denver’s global IoT and analytics director, said: “Our new digital cloud platform – iConn – has been developed initially to be part of Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution. It's an open platform that works with all Gardner Denver products and services, current and historical. So, it is a cloud platform tuned, ready to go with information, statistics and analytics.

Market forces are changing dramatically, so with the advent of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things we wanted to address this. However, the big challenge in the market – especially in terms of compressed air and services around these concepts – is, first, stepping out of the world of proprietary solutions while maintaining the golden nugget of security, and then making sure we bring information flow that is of value to the user.”

iConn is available as standard on all new CompAir machines and can be retrofitted to existing compressor installations. The system will also support ancillary and non-Gardner Denver based products, providing a one-stop digital experience for managing an entire compressed air system.

www.gardnerdenver.com




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