SICK has launched The Monitoring Box, a new system that enables the monitoring and preventative maintenance of sensors, machines, processes, and plants.
The product can be adapted for diverse individual operating requirements to provide live status feedback and historical analysis. This aims to support more effective maintenance and optimised efficiency.
Through the use of pre-configured apps on a wide range of SICK sensors, the box is able to provide transparent data monitoring through an intuitive, browser-based dashboard. Device data is processed via powerful IoT gateways to enable local data storage on either a customer’s premises or via a secure connection to the SICK cloud.
“The SICK Monitoring Box is so simple and adaptable that the opportunities for condition monitoring are limited only by your imagination,” said Neil Sandhu, Product Manager for Measurement and Systems at SICK UK.
“Bolt on the SICK Monitoring Box and transparent information about the health of your machines is just a few short steps away. Depending on your requirements, information such as operating hours, wear, temperature, energy usage or level of contamination, turns into a valuable resource.
“As a result, your machines and systems become more available and efficient. Unplanned maintenance time is reduced, and operating staff can be deployed more efficiently to respond to any issues that occur. You will extend the operating life of machines through a better understanding of historical trends and patterns.”
Once customers are logged in, they are able to view all their registered devices with the AssetBrowser, search by device using the AssetFilter, view incidents and graphical representations to identify historical patterns and trends, and use the Data Explorer and Event Log to review a record of alarms and notifications.
Email alerts can also be set up to notify operators when values go under or over pre-determined limits, enabling faster responses to maintenance and servicing needs.
Additional sensors are able to be integrated into the SICK Monitoring Box without any programming knowledge. Once installed, greater transparency enables sensors and machines to be monitored remotely. Operating and process parameters can be easily visualised.
Boasting a reliable system architecture, robust data security and password-protected access rights, the box provides the corresponding IoT gateways with network-capable sensors and machines to ensure an encrypted transmission of data.