Ewon: a retrofit solution for IIoT
Connecting to innius via an Ewon Flexy, made by HMS Industrial Networks, provides Itho Daalderop with an IIoT retrofit for older machines. The cost of doing this, when compared to the estimated €200,000 required for a brand-new machine, is minuscule.
Experts from innius were available to help with the implementation if needed. But as it happened they weren’t needed. Gerard van Gelderen, Control Engineer at Itho Daalderop says: “The implementation of innius with a machine, went very well, because we could do that ourselves, quickly and easily”.
The implementation essentially consisted of some programming in the PLC itself and then plugging in the Ewon Flexy modem. The connection is made from the Ewon Flexy by Wi-Fi.
Condition Based Maintenance
With the production data now generated and shown on a dashboard, the maintenance team can quickly detect whether the machine is at fault, or whether the product is at fault. For a quality control machine, such as the leak tester, that is vital information. The Condition Based Maintenance now implemented allows machines problems to be signalled early on, even before the operator discovers it, allowing the Maintenance Engineers to replace leak tester parts during production breaks or evenings, so that the machine doesn’t have an actual breakdown during production.
If you’d like to find out more about an IIoT retrofit solution for your machines, contact us today.