Modular sensors facilitate digitalization
Smart IIoT sensors are to be combined on a modular basis, thereby facilitating digitalization for companies. Minimal configuration and data analysis work minimizes the inherent complexity.8 Apr 2019 Kai Tubbesing
Startup Bitmotec, based at the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) gGmbH, has developed a new generation of sensors for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The aim of the company’s founders is to create a generic family of sensors featuring various models that can be combined on a modular basis to suit the intended use. They also plan to provide special software that users can control on a tablet.
The first prototype has been designed for the digitalization of a conveyor belt and comprises a temperature sensor, a current and vibration sensor, and a 3D camera. The highlight of the system is the automatic, AI-based evaluation of measurement data. Power consumption, energy costs, vibration behavior, and volume flows are displayed on a dashboard. In the conveyor belt example, for instance, this data enables users to identify excessive energy consumption or defect conveyor rollers before a potential stoppage.
Consulting firm Roland Berger believes that such predictive maintenance solutions harbor great potential in the context of Industry 4.0 and promise high growth rates on the market.
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