While classic condition monitoring is usually used locally on individual machines, symmedia SP/1 monitoring can monitor many machines worldwide simultaneously. This creates completely new possibilities for machine manufacturers. These can now support their customers much more extensively in maintenance. They can gain knowledge about the condition and production behaviour of the machines and derive new, demand-oriented products from it. Availability commitments, productivity consulting (also: OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness) or operator models can now be effectively supported.
Beyond data collection, the data can be individually calculated, aggregated and combined.
Suitable visualization tools are available for both live data and stored data: Live Data Logger, Plant App, Dashboard, OEE App and Reports.
Machine manufacturers learn from the centrally collected data, their customers use the machine data locally to optimize their production.
The data from machine use, such as output, duration, performance etc. enable innovative price models for the use of machines or their material requirements.
Action and escalation concept for certain events, indications of malfunctions or anomalies in machine operation.
The idea of condition monitoring is based on the collection of machine data. The concept of symmedia SP/1, which has been specially designed for mechanical engineering, controls the flood of data and converts relevant values into a uniform basic format.
A wide variety of data sources can be used. The available data adapters in symmedia SP/1 include native interfaces to the control systems (S7, Heidenhain, Bachmann, etc.) as well as standards such as OPC UA and Umati. In addition, values from sensors or databases can be included in the machine monitoring (e.g. via MTConnect, Modbus or IO Link).
In order to be able to monitor the condition of a machine, a wide variety of data must be recorded and evaluated. One of the greatest challenges of condition monitoring is to crystallize significant information from the flood of data: First of all, a machine provides a very large amount of different raw data completely unfiltered.
In order to be able to make the data available to third-party systems (e.g. analytics instances, databases or cloud applications), symmedia SP/1 has the ability to collect the data from various sources and in various formats and to make it available in one or more desired formats. Machines can be equipped with OPC UA or Umati-ready, for example. symmedia SP/1 thus simultaneously serves as a data collector and server.
The symmedia SP/1 Dashboard serves to illustrate the data collected from the machine in the monitoring (e.g. pressure, temperature, rejection rate, etc.) and, for example, to display it over time, compare it and put it into a logical context. For this purpose, the dashboard can be configured and assembled individually and role-based according to the needs of the user. Collected and calculated data is clearly illustrated in different graphics and diagrams. Deviations from the standard can be identified and displayed via previously defined threshold values.
Those who think of condition monitoring often already see the red flashing light of an alarm in front of their inner eye. In fact, the most common monitoring action is first and foremost the local recording of values, and if necessary with an extremely high data rate.
symmedia SP/1 creates monitoring diagrams from locally recorded and derived data on the machine, which, for example, display an overview of the current status or the last actions of the machine. This data can be viewed locally or centrally in the Live Cockpit (Dashboard).
The alarm is a core function of monitoring: It is triggered when a defined threshold value is exceeded or not reached and informs the operator and/or manufacturer of a machine about serious events.
Such an event can be a current problem or even a machine standstill. Ideally, however, this is information about an emerging problem.
symmedia SP/1 Monitoring offers different forms of notification, depending on how urgent the alarm is and to whom it should be sent. The simplest form of escalation is an email, SMS or push notification in the symmedia app. The highest level is the initiation of a Service Request to the manufacturer (which enables a connection back to the machine).
In addition to the escalation of alarms, individual rules can also be defined for the event that no response to an alarm has occurred within a certain period of time. For example, an urgent alarm could have triggered a Service Request, but the responsible service technician is on the road and did not notice the alarm. After the Service Request has not been processed for 30 minutes, it is automatically forwarded to a colleague and the service manager is informed: In this way, symmedia SP/1 Monitoring supports manufacturers in complying with service level agreements.
The OEE evaluation is a possible use of symmedia SP/1 Monitoring. It allows the display of the overall plant effectiveness, i.e. the product of "quality", "availability" and "performance" in different views of the entire machine park.
symmedia SP/1 provides the corresponding interface and ensures that sensitive machine data can be safely transported from A to B. The system is designed to provide a high level of security for the machine data.
Selections and calculations can already be carried out on site, so that only relevant data has to be transferred to a large extent.