Why is Sensor Fusion Important?
In IIoT devices, sensor fusion works not only to provide a more comprehensive real-time collection of data, but through the analysis of this information, unexpected maintenance and unplanned downtime may be reduced or avoided. This is achieved by putting the collected data into context. For example, IIoT connected gear boxes have sensors that monitor oil quality, temperature, vibration level and gear speed. Worrying about a rise in product temperature, without taking into account a similar ambient temperature rise, could be a waste of time. But studying gear box’s vibration and speed sensor data together might indicate that a particular gear was knocked out of alignment during shipping or installation. A potential problem like this might be far less obvious if one reviewed either vibration or speed information independently, allowing the situation to become worse, and leading to costly maintenance down the road. Simultaneously analyzing multiple elements through real-time sensor fusion and being able to interpret the sometimes subtle early-warning messages provided, can paint a more complete operational picture. An asset management system can look at complex trends that can help cut operation costs by predicting potential maintenance needs down the line with enough time to avert failure.
Sensor fusion is just one of the many benefits of integrating IIoT into your industrial application. In addition to increasing your return on assets and operational performance, IIoT also allows you to better understand your inventory; safely store your collected data in the cloud; and optimize your scheduled maintenance to ensure the long-term health of your operations. IoT sensors are the tip of the iceberg for a connected future. Want to continue the conversation? Use #SolvingSmarter on Twitter to tell us what you want from the future of IIoT.
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