The AUMA Cloud is an interactive platform with which detailed device data can be collected and evaluated by all actuators in one system – made possible by intelligent algorithms. "Our drives automatically collect and store process data such as valve position, ambient temperature and vibrations as well as device data such as switching frequency, motor running time and warning messages," explains Marc Schmidt, Head of International Sales at AUMA. Plant operators can detect high loads or possible servicing and maintenance requirements at an early stage and thereby initiate the appropriate measures in order to prevent unexpected failures. Data is therefore used in a better way, and processes are optimised.
Digitalisation is important for all industries: It is not only increasingly shaping production processes as well as the onshore sector and offshore industry, but also, for example, the water industry. In addition to Industry 4.0, Water 4.0 also introduces a veritable revolution for purest water. A resource-efficient, flexible water management process can ensure an optimised water supply and disposal at all times – in a combination of measuring systems and control technology as well as actuators and valves.
Recording and evaluating data
Rotork also develops digital systems in order to prevent equipment faults, aging or inefficiencies which lead to production losses, reputational damage and financial losses. The intelligent electric Rotork actuators are equipped with a data logger which records and evaluates data. For example, the number of valve movements, alarms, torque profiles and unauthorised operating attempts. Torque profiles "provide valuable information about the condition of the valve, while sudden alterations in the average and peak temperature or vibration indicate a plant problem," explains Andreas Fuchs, Rotork Country Manager Germany. Data is analysed in asset management systems. These systems provide information at an early stage in order to ensure safe and reliable plant operation through measures and to prevent unforeseen costly and dangerous system failures.
Significant reduction of emissions
In addition to efficient processes, the digitisation of industry also offers great potential for reducing CO₂ emissions. According to the Bitkom study "Climate Effects of Digitalisation", accelerating the use of digital technologies, in Germany alone could be saved up to 64 million tons of CO₂ in 2030 – that is 17 percent of the total planned CO₂ savings as part of the 2030 climate target.
Furthermore, the use of digital twins, i.e. the simulation and optimisation of physical products or processes, could save 33 million tons of CO2. According to the Bitkom study, an additional 31 million tons could be avoided by increased automation in production, using digital technologies to reduce manual intervention and the use of materials as well as optimising processes.