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Happy Mfg. Day 2018 | Integrating IoT with Fluid Power

Integrating IoT with Fluid Power – 

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By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Fluid Power World, by Mary Gannon | 2018 

The Internet of Things has been touted for years, but how will it mesh with hydraulics and pneumatics?

The world is full of uncertainty, and fluid power should be no different. We in the industry question our own relevance and capacity to existing in the future. Can the venerable fluid power industry maintain its pertinency against the tsunami of electric actuation trying to drown us? Can the hydraulic and pneumatic employers of the world maintain a dynamic and talented workforce despite the apathy of millennials towards our perceived “dirty” industry? Can we adapt to the digital age and use the tools of Industry 4.0 to further both our product lines and the way we make them?

Every one of the big fluid power manufacturers is heavily invested in Industry 4.0 technology, and not just from the IoT perspective, but also in the form of complete integration. Parker has developed their Voice of the Machine to ensure interoperability between all components of each division of Parker product lines. Voice of the Machine is a cohesive strategy to include security, scalability, data access and interoperability between proprietary and third-party nodes. The system does everything from smart system maintenance, on-demand machine function changes, and asset and inventory management through smart tagging.

Because advanced technology often requires years to be fully adopted, it’s not even currently known how the technology will help at all levels of manufacturing, especially for the fluid-power industry. Right now, the largest industries are best suited to adopt the technology, which will trickle down to the smaller companies in time. I imagine IoT and Industry 4.0 will saturate industries such as steel, power generation, water treatment and automotive, and then other industries can take what was learned to be effective.

What IoT does for the industrial fluid power industry is to ensure our technology stays relevant for decades to come. The uncertainty of our industry can be replaced by the certainties given by IoT and Industry 4.0 technology, ensuring the world inside the factory is always in step with the outside world.

Voice of the Machine is being implemented across a broad range of Parker products.  Parker’s IQAN® Connect solution integrates intelligent hydraulic components with electronic control hardware and software to create a seamless digital system. With IQAN Connect, equipment performance is optimized and remote monitoring is simplified for OEMs and fleet managers.

 

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PTC is using a Smart Manufacturing comic book and app to showcase how augmented reality, IoT, and additive manufacturing are transforming modern manufacturing.

Inspire young people by demonstrating that manufacturing in a smart connected world is filled with technology, advanced skills, and creativity.

Voice of the Machine is being implemented across a broad range of Parker products. Parker’s IQAN® Connect solution integrates intelligent hydraulic components with electronic control hardware and software to create a seamless digital system. With IQAN Connect, equipment performance is optimized and remote monitoring is simplified for OEMs and fleet managers.