Increasing process equipment complexity and size drive up demands on reliability and safety, which in turn can lead to higher costs and/or resource consumption. In a host of areas – such as environmental, energy, and process engineering – monitoring of critical parameters of key components and processes enables early detection of weak spots, resulting in less downtime and use of raw materials, improved employee safety, and a long-term reduction in operating costs.
The “Systems for Condition Monitoring” working group develops innovative concepts based on various state-oriented maintenance methods. A wealth of experience flows into the control and optimization of flexible production processes and procedures (“Industry 4.0”).
Research is focused on optical, acoustic, and electromagnetic methods for early detection, indication, and evaluation of risks in highly loaded or inaccessible components. In consultation with the customer, critical parameters are identified and the corresponding monitoring, control, and optimization designs are worked out. The working group puts the latest research results from the fields of sensors, signal processing, electronics, and process integration into practice and combines them to create an effective monitoring concept. Competent IT and automation partners guarantee smooth integration into new and existing systems.