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The KIoT team can build a network to consolidate the data and analysis from all the machines in your plant – gathering all information in one analysis that can make the root cause of failure apparent.

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What is the “Internet of Things”?

Google defines it as the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. In the industrial world this term is used to describe the ability to collect and transmit condition monitoring data. This is not a new concept in the industrial world, we have been using condition monitoring technology for thirty years. We have analyzed vibration and temperature data on high value assets and have developed robust programs to react to the data.

Why hasn’t the Internet of Things transformed industry?

The consumer world has seen Internet of things technology become embedded in more and more of what you buy. This helped by the economies of scale, in the consumer products world they sell millions of units into the same application. In the industrial world we sell one unit into millions of applications. In the past this meant that condition monitoring was limited to the most critical and high value of assets. Less critical assets were monitored by experience maintenance workers walking the production floor with a heat gun and a screw driver to measure vibration.

What’s changing?

The cost to monitor assets has dropped dramatically as the cost of components and communication networks have come down. This allows companies to look at monitoring more assets across their production floor. These capabilities can help companies address the changes in their maintenance staff, where experienced technicians are retiring out and companies struggle to find qualified replacements. By integrating IoT technology into their maintenance programs, companies can provide tools to their next generation of technicians that give them immediate insights in a format that they know.

What is KIoT?

KIoT, Kaman Industrial Technology/Internet of Things, is our program for working with our customers to realize the potential of IoT technology. We do not make sensors or software. We are not experts on cloud storage and communication networks. What we do every day is work with your teams on the factory floor to identify solutions. We help your team improve safety, increase production, eliminate downtime, and reduce expenses and waste. The Internet of Things is an exciting new set of tools that we can integrate into our mission to help customers improve every day.

How Do We Help?
The Process for IoT is Simple

The KIoT team can build a network to consolidate the data and analysis from all the machines in your plant – gathering all information in one analysis that can make the root cause of failure apparent.

The Implementation of IoT Requires Effective Change Management, Which Can Include Events Such As:

  • Pre-planning Kaizen events

  • Installation of equipment

  • Modeling of facility layout

  • Floor level data access

  • Development of naming convention

  • Maintenance of monitoring equipment

  • Continuous improvement reviews

KIoT Success Stories

We worked with a forestry company to install sensors on their electric motors. We received an alert that one of the motors was experiencing vibration that was outside its normal window. Our customer was able to send a tech to identify the issue and change out the motor that night. The customers comment was that you could hear the issue once you knew to look for it, but you would not have heard without the alert.

Jasen Hansen / KIT Sales Manager

How to Get Started

At KIT we are ready to “meet you where you are” on your IoT implementation. Our experts can help with an initial experiment with a couple of sensors to a complete plant implementation with your existing reliability software. Reach out and let us know your interest and we’ll get you connected to the right resource.

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Safety Is a Primary Concern for All Facilities — KIoT Can Help with That

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have a Question ? Please see FAQs for answers.

Are the sensors connected with wire or are they wireless?

There are two approaches to IoT sensors, one side sees the value of wirelessly connecting sensors to remove the cost and difficulty in running cables. However this means relying on batteries, which may reduce the frequency of readings. The other approach is to wire each sensor for power and communication for reliability in the long term. We support both approaches and have components to meet the exact requirements of your application from temperature to accessibility.

Are the sensors connected with wire or are they wireless?

Many systems today are designed around cloud based applications. This means that sensors communicate to a central hub which transmits the data to the cloud, where the information is converted into a dashboard. Users can log into the system to analyze trends and set up thresholds, so that alerts can be sent when the sensors detect issues. These cloud based systems have enhanced security programs to keep data safe and isolated from any machine control. However, some users prefer to use their own “on premises” software, which does not need to be broadcast from the facility. Sensors are wired directly to the system and dashboards are housed on the user’s IT network. This still allows for alerts and thresholds, but requires more internal capabilities from the user.

Will IoT communications allow someone to control my machines remotely?

The sensors in an IoT condition monitoring system send data out, they are not designed to allow changes to the controls on a machine. The system provides alerts so that personnel at the facility can be notified of the issue, so that they can address it.

How expensive is an IoT implementation?

The exciting thing about emerging IoT technology is the ability to match the cost to the potential savings. For a complex and critical asset it might make sense to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in precise measuring tools and robust monitoring systems. This investment will pay off by avoiding downtime, improving safety, and assuring production. However, the cost and complexity of less precise condition monitoring has been reduced to the point where it is possible to install condition monitoring on less critical systems for a fraction of the investment. By investing a few thousand dollars in tools and sensors a facility can realize the benefits of condition monitoring. The key is to match the level of monitoring to the costs of failure. The KIT team can help guide you to the system that makes the most sense for your facility.

Who is monitoring the monitoring system?

The sensors in a condition monitoring system are recording a reading at regular intervals. These intervals are determined by the limitations of battery life and data storage. Some systems will constantly measure to identify intermittent spikes in the data, but only record measurements at a pre-determined interval. The key is that these sensors are not looking for the failure event, they are looking for the precursors to the failure event; the changes in vibration, temperature or other symptom of impending failure. The watchful eye on the monitoring dashboard is not a person at a screen, it is the thresholds that are set as triggers to alarms. These thresholds can be hard limits, such as a specific temperature, or they can be deviations from the norm that has been measured over time. Proper choices on how to set thresholds is a critical component of an effective condition monitoring system.

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