How to Avoid Substantial Losses with Predictive Maintenance IIoT Technology

Posted by Nick Schiltz on April 20

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Equipment uptime directly impacts plant productivity and output. An unplanned shutdown due to the failure of improperly maintained equipment is among the most costly scenarios a facility can endure. In order to curb this potential major economic loss, many facilities today use a wide array of maintenance methods that include routine physical inspections and condition-based monitoring in an attempt to spot equipment failure before it occurs.

Leading indicators of critical asset failure typically depend on the type of equipment and can include changes in things like vibration, heat, power consumption, airflow, or pressure. By remotely monitoring critical equipment and issuing SMS or email alerts when anomalous or problematic behavior is detected, GraceSense™ technology can help improve productivity and reduce downtime in almost any industrial application.


The GraceSense™ Vibration & Temperature Node was designed specifically with these challenges in mind. By focusing sharply on two of the leading indicators of failure in rotating equipment, the Vibration & Temperature Node continuously monitors critical assets and can alert maintenance personnel in real-time when it detects behavior indicative of bearing, rotor, or shaft degradation.

Once GraceSense™ IIoT hardware is incorporated into a facility’s preventative maintenance program, this technology comes to life through our web-based Maintenance Hub, which is used to configure the system, view current system status, analyze historical data trends, and generate periodic reports.

The Hub is also where users can create customizable alert messages with step-by-step remediation instructions designed to allow even new or untrained personnel to address critical issues as they arise.

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Nodes share their data wirelessly with any GraceSense™ gateway located nearby where local vibration and surface temperature measurements can combine with other measured data like ambient temperature or current draw. The gateways transfer accumulated field node information into an actionable troubleshooting platform via our Maintenance Hub Cloud and/or your PLC, SCADA, DCS system. 

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GraceSense™ gateways are all powered by 24-volts and offer configurations for Cloud data transferring via WiFi/LTE as well as control network integration via EtherNet/IP™ & MODBUS TCP/IP communication options. Predictive Maintenance System gateways come in three forms: ControlGate, CloudGate, and ComboGate. The ComboGate configuration allows for both options of communication.


While GraceSense components like the Hot Spot Monitor and Vibration & Temperature Nodes can be applied to different types of critical asset applications, they're each designed to strengthen a facility’s preventative maintenance program and empower maintenance teams with actionable insights.

Learn more about our GraceSense™ gateway configurations and a bit of history about the Predictive Maintenance System from Grace Technologies CTO, Andy Zimmerman, in the video below:

For more, check out Andy Zimmerman's whitepaper article below: "How IIoT Can Stop Being a Buzzword and Start Creating Value in Your Plant". Click here to download:Download the ArticleIIoT Buzzword Social Ad3




Registration is now open for our next FREE webinar: "Proposed Changes to NFPA 70E, 2024 Revision Cycle – First Draft Report" presented by Technical Product Director, Bhanu Srilla, CESCP, CMRP & NEC Expert, Charles R. Miller. Register today!

In this session, the speakers will discuss the proposed changes to the upcoming NFPA 70E, 2024 edition revision. The speakers will pick a few important changes from the published NFPA 70E, 2024, First draft report, and solicit feedback from the attendees on how the revised language and proposed changes would affect their electrical safety practices.

We will also walk the attendees through the NFPA 70E standards development process and how to input your comments to be heard by the technical committee members. This is a must-attend session if you or your facility is involved in the implementation of the 70E standard for electrical safety in the workplace.

Note: NFPA 70E Public Comment Closing date is May 31, 2022.

Stay safe and have a great week!

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