Today, anywhere we turn we come across a trending buzzword – IoT (Internet of Things). From business meetings to sales expos, industry conferences to advertising, IoT is currently a hot topic. Have you ever wondered whether IoT can impact the future of the pumps industry? If yes, we are here to find you the right answers. Here, in this guide, we take an overall look at IoT and how it impacts the future of pumps and pumping systems.
What does IoT do?
The technical definition of IoT is beyond the scope of this article. Instead, we approach it from a different viewpoint – the point of view of consumers. To explain it in simple terms, IoT is an entire ecosystem that connects a whole lot of devices. The idea is that with IoT technology, gadgets and appliances can function seamlessly without requiring manual input from human operators.
Think of it as a system of interconnected devices that share information and do the right things on their own, without requiring a human being to oversee the entire process.
Wondering how IoT can be incorporated in the pumps and systems industry? Here are five possible scenarios where IoT can improve the world of pumps shortly.
5 Ways in which IoT can enhance the Efficiency of Pumps and Systems
1. With IoT, pump manufacturers can increase the efficiency of their products
Imagine this scenario. Let’s say that all pumps manufactured by an OEM maker were connected to a cloud? This cloud can remotely diagnose problems with any of the pumps in the system, and help end-users troubleshoot their systems efficiently. This means, no need to send an onsite technician. Instead, of waiting for a pump technician from the manufacturer to arrive at your place, diagnose the problem and troubleshoot it, the entire process can be done automatically without the need for human intervention.
Real-time data gathered from all pumps in the system could be used to understand the working conditions of pumps better and realize how to enhance efficiency. Data collected from the network can be used to predict market trends and build more reliable pumps in the future.
2. Pump distributors can provide customers with accurate after-market sales support
One of the biggest challenges for pump distributors all over the world is after-market sales. Very often, pump distributors have no further communication with customers due to the distance factor. Pumps purchased in one corner of the planet are installed in another corner, making it difficult for manufacturers to provide customers with continued after-market sales and support.
IoT presents the answer to this problem. Let’s imagine that a distributor sells a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) along with the pump system. The VFD collects real-time data from the pumps and helps in predicting the failure of a particular seal before it occurs. The customer receives an automated notification from the system, intimating them of the impending failure. The customer quickly places an order for a replacement with the distributor.
The distributorships the part before the failure occurs, thereby reducing pump downtime. This is a win-win situation for all. It increases pump uptime for the end-user and improves after-market sales for the pump supplier.
3. Pump repair service providers can offer enhanced service
With IoT systems, service providers can proactively troubleshoot problems with the system before it snowballs into bigger trouble. This improves the customer’s trust in the service provider. The end customer enjoys time savings, while the service provider offers enhanced services.
One of the biggest problems faced by pump service providers is that it takes a long time to diagnose pump troubles accurately. Due to the massive variations in the troubles that can arise with pump systems, it’s difficult for repair service providers to come to the site, with the right replacement parts.
With connected pump systems, service providers know the problem beforehand. This ensures that they come prepared on the first visit, thereby saving time and money for the end-user.
4. Reduce labor costs
One of the highest prices for pump owners is labor costs. By reducing the time spent on pump diagnosis and repair, they can cut down on labor costs, thereby increasing pump operational efficiency.
Connected pump systems can be easily installed and reduce troubleshooting expenses. For example, by installing intelligent pump sensors that auto-tune, or by offering complicated step-by-step technical support during installation, pump labor costs can be reduced. This leads to faster and cheaper service for the end customer.
5. Reduce pump ownership costs
One of the significant challenges faced by pump owners is pump-downtime. When a pump becomes in-operational, it halts several other processes for the end-user. By using connected IoT systems, we can reduce unplanned downtime by predicting failure before it occurs and offering proactive troubleshooting services.
As you can see, the growing world of IoT technology promises enhanced operational efficiency and lower costs for everyone involved. Right from the pump manufacturer to the end customer, pump distributors to repair service providers – everyone stands to gain from IoT.
Here, at Sintech, India’s leading industrial pump manufacturer and supplier,
we are the forerunners of various technologies. Our team of engineers and designers are hard at work to bring the benefits of IoT and other sophisticated technology to the world of pumps and systems.
Are you ready for the technological revolution in the pump industry?