Sulzer is developing and launching a series of digital solutions to support the core business model of selling new equipment, services and retrofits. The company uses digital tools to turn its products into smart devices, allowing customers to have valuable insights into the equipment data. As digital sensors are becoming cheaper and more equipment is connected to the Internet (Internet of Things, IoT), there is an enormous potential to convert data from the devices into actionable business insights. This can be translated into optimized predictive maintenance and maximized uptime of the process in question. Today, the technology involved is becoming more affordable. It is easy and cost-efficient to deploy for new equipment or to retrofit in existing installations. This is particularly attractive in general industry, such as pulp and paper mills as well as the sugar, food, and fertilizer industries, where configured pumps have traditionally not been equipped with such options.
Sulzer Sense for wireless condition monitoring
Sulzer recently took the next step in digitalization by launching a wireless IoT condition monitoring system, Sulzer Sense. The solution includes wireless sensors that can be attached to a pump, agitator, motor or any rotating equipment – regardless of the type or brand, and in all industries. The sensors measure temperature and vibration and send the data to the cloud. This means that the operating status of the equipment can be remotely monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Sulzer’s online service.
No manual measurement is needed. Sulzer’s online service is a cloud-based platform. It is easy to use and offers various value-adding services. The customers have secure access to the latest equipment data and related services, as well as technical product documentation and drawings. With the service, it is possible to track the condition of the product, view the equipment trend data, identify spare parts, check spare parts availability, place an order or view the order status. Sulzer’s online service helps to increase productivity, efficiency and cost savings by automating information sharing processes.