Under the motto Smart Pneumatics. The Driver for Predictive Maintenance, AVENTICS showcases an application example: the monitoring of shock absorber functions and cylinder speeds based on an electro-pneumatic valve system. The existing sensors in the system are monitored along with the control. The data is analyzed with the AV/AES series valve systems and the Smart Pneumatics Monitor, an additional module for AVENTICS AES valve electronics. Monitoring the load allows the system to determine the current state of the shock absorber and detect wear early on. The information is then provided to the user in standardized data logs, such as the OPC-UA.
The advantages of predictive maintenance are nothing new. But the IoT has now made it possible to generate the information required for predictive maintenance that really lives up to its name. Preventive maintenance with intelligent data analyses is now considered an important value driver in the industrial sector as it can prevent unplanned machine downtime and increase system availability. In addition, maintenance costs are reduced since only the components that have reached the end of their life cycle are exchanged.