Industrial Internet of Things

Industrial Internet of Things

In the world of growing technologies, the phrase “Internet of Things” has garnered quite the buzz. Put simply, the Internet of Things, or “IoT”, is the use of the internet to connect objects and enable them to send and receive data. IoT has the potential to connect anything with an on switch to the internet (toasters, large-scale production machinery, automotives, etc.) as well as specific parts of machines such as airplane engines or oil rig drills. The Internet of Things allows these objects or components to share data which is sent to a storage cloud and shared with users via smartphone, tablet, or computer.  The application of IoT is nearly endless.  Smart homes, smart cities, and self-driving cars are just a few of the developing IoT technologies expected to revolutionize our day-to-day tasks.

When it comes to industrial business, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of the most notable disruptive trends. According to McKensy, Industrial Internet of Things will have an economic impact of up to $6.2 trillion by the year 2025 and has the potential to drive operating costs across several industries.  Industrial IoT applications include machine to machine (M2M) communications for machine auto-diagnosis, indoor air quality control at chemical plants, and the temperature monitoring of storage containers containing sensitive materials, just to name a few.

The Benefits

The benefits of the utilization of Industrial IoT are compelling and countless. Internet of Things technology allows users to integrate and utilize data from different sources (humans, machines, parts). This data can provide valuable new insights to drive smarter, faster business decisions. For example, real-time production data may reveal additional capacity for increased production. Data collected for Industrial IoT can significantly increase efficiency and productivity, decrease production costs, and improve safety by providing data relevant to predictive maintenance. Additionally, Industrial IoT simplifies day-to-day operations by putting access to any and all industry machines and technologies at a user’s fingertips.

Have You Met Beacon?

The Beacon Wifi Temperature Monitor is an example of an Industrial IoT device that simplifies day-to-day tasks and provides valuable data gathered from multiple temperature-control products, all at your fingertips. The Beacon Wifi Temperature Monitor allows users to monitor and control Powerblanket products (or any other device that would benefit from temperature control) from a smartphone or computer. More importantly, it allows users to receive text, email or push notifications when the temperature goes outside the specified limits, so users can set the temperature and walk away with complete peace of mind. If you are interested in integrating IoT technology into your industrial business, The Beacon Wifi Temperature Monitor is an excellent place to start.

Wifi Temperature Sensors

 

Smart Freezer Controller

Imagine the food we could save during the various stages of the supply chain if we used smart freezer controllers to monitor temperatures.

Smart Freezer Controller

smart freezer controllerFood loss and waste is a global issue, with loss/waste occurring at all seven steps in the supply chain from farm to table.  

  1. Farming
  2. Post-harvest and Packing
  3. Process and Distribution
  4. Retail and grocery store
  5. Food service and restaurants
  6. Households
  7. Disposal  

According to a Wall Street Journal article written in 2012, the United States alone tends to waste $165 billion in food each year.  While there are many factors along the way that contribute to this giant loss, temperature control plays an important role.  

 

The Role of Temperature

In many instances, temperature is the culprit in food loss.  When food traveling from the farm to the market is in a truck with unregulated temperatures, food can arrive at the grocery store spoiled and be immediately discarded.  If an industrial freezer/fridge door is left open for too long, the temperature can rise enough to render the food unfit for consumers.  If equipment on a freezer/fridge fails all of the contents can be lost before anyone notices. A smart freezer controllsmart freezer controllerer can warn you before spoilage occurs when used in post-harvesting and packing, process and distribution, retail and grocery stores, and foodservice and restaurants–that is four steps in the supply chain.  Even relatively small differences in temperature can mean loss: up to almost 20% globally. “In developed countries, food losses from the absence of refrigeration account for nearly 9% of total food production, and 23% on average in developing countries” (Shaw).

 

The Cold Chain

A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. An unbroken cold chain in the food industry is an uninterrupted series of refrigerated production, storage and distribution activities and associated equipment which maintain a given low-temperature range.  A functioning cold chain is critical to the protection and delivery of fresh and frozen perishable foods. “In parts of the world where the cold chain is established and run effectively, perishable food loss can be maintained as low as 2%. When applied properly and consistently, a fully functioning cold chain can successfully prevent and reduce food loss” (Shaw).

However, breaks in the cold chain occur due to a variety of issues, including: operator error, insufficient precooling, poor loading practices, inadequate insulation, improperly functioning refrigeration equipment, or even something as simple as cargo or walk-in cooler doors being left open too long. Any of these breaks can cause damage to perishable foods with exposure to conditions that are too warm or cold, all leading to food loss/waste.

 

Save Food Save Money

Powerblanket has teamed with Beacon Controls to develop a connected temperature controller. This new, smart controller allows you to monitor and control your device from your smartphone or computer. More importantly it allows you to receive text, email or push notifications when the temperature goes outside limits that you specify.  Imagine the food you could save with a warning when something goes wrong and time to act before food starts to spoil.  Commercial refrigerators and freezers used in grocery stores and restaurants use controllers.  Replace your freezer/fridge controller with Beacon smart freezer controller and receive a notification when the temperature of your equipment falls out of the assigned threshold.  

Benefits of Beacon Smart Freezer Controller:

  • Compatibility with a wide variety of heating or cooling devices
  • Change settings locally or connect remotely so you can keep your operation running smoothly wherever you are.
  • Customizable alerts based on temperature, electrical current,  and voltage give you complete peace of mind.
  • 120/208/240V AC options, directly switch up to 24 amp loads

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Sources

Gunders, Dana. “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Land ll”. NRDC Issue Paper. August 2012. 1 March 2017. www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/wasted-food-IP.pdf

Plumer, Brad. “How the U.S. manages to waste $165 billion in food each year”. The Washington Post.  22 August 2012. www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2012/08/22/how-food-actually-gets-wasted-in-the-united-states/?utm_term=.5476832ffe73

Shaw, John and Mark Beasley. “IMPROVED COLD CHAIN MANAGEMENT IS KEY TO REDUCING FOOD LOSS”. Food Logistics. October 2016. www.sensitech.com/assets/articles/flog10161415coolinsightsrgbz.pdf

 

Smart Temperature Controller: Make Your Life Easier

SMART TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER:  Beacon will make your life easier

Smart Temperature ControllerWhether it is monitoring alone, control and monitoring, or automation and monitoring, Beacon is here to help you have a constant link between you and your equipment. The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing all around us. Beacon smart temperature controller gives you the power to automate, remotely control, and monitor your assets. Beacon products are smart and give you peace of mind.  If a monitored parameter goes outside of the limits you set, you’ll be alerted immediately.

 

Take Control

Whatever the industry, whatever the application, Beacon can help you monitor and control your operations with ease and precision. If you need to regulate the external and internal variables associated with technological applications, Beacon’s innovative Smart Temperature Controllers can help you easily and remotely manage those variables from the convenience of your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Eliminate the guesswork and risk associated with your technological assets by using a Beacon Smart Temperature Controller to keep systems operating safely and efficiently.

No Comparison

There are other options available; however, those options are limited and have no remote monitoring controls.  Beacon has remote settings that allow for setting adjustments, scheduling, and location mapping.  You can view the state of your equipment in real time and make changes as necessary right where you are.  The data collected by Beacon Smart Temperature Controller is stored in the cloud for your analysis.  Not only is it smart and convenient, but Beacon is safe.  With various security features, you assign who has access to the controls and can identify who has been making setting changes.

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We are surrounded by devices that allow us to see who is at our front door from our desk at work, turn our lights on and off from our smartphones or get an alert when our garage door is left open.  Now similar technology can help you take control of your equipment and its critical temperatures.

Beacon is the Smart Choice

  • Compatible with a wide variety of heating and cooling systems
  • Change settings locally or connect remotely through Wi-Fi or Cellular networks, so you can keep your operation running smoothly wherever you are.
  •  Customizable scheduling and alerts based on temperature, electrical current, voltage, and resistance readings, give you complete peace of mind.
  • Create multiple users with varying levels of access and control for added security.
  • 120/208/240V AC options, switch up to 24 amps

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Beacon Smart Temperature Controller

Smart Temperature Controller

In today’s connected world the “Internet of Things” (IoT) allows you to turn your lights on and off from your smartphone, see who is at your front door from your desk at work, or get an alert when your garage door is left open, among many other things.  The beacon smart temperature controller is ready to give you

 

Meet Beacon

The Beacon Smart Temperature Controller brings the IoT (Internet of Things) to industrial temperature control. It has the same features as many single stage, electronic temperature controllers plus many added benefits made possible by internet connectivity. For example: monitor conditions remotely and change settings remotely through a web portal or mobile app, recieve alerts when temperatures reach user defined thresholds, set alerts to be sent when settings are changed.

 

Remote Control and Monitoring

Control and monitor your system remotely. Check on current conditions and adjust setpoints, differentials, and other details related to your control system.  Control and monitor boilers, chillers, refrigerated warehouses, beer and beverage coolers, tank, valve, drum and tote heaters and many more systems.

 

Peace of Mind

Define your own temperature thresholds and leave the system unattended with confidence. The Connected Temperature Controller will alert you of any problems, whether you’re present or not.

 

Maintain Historic Data

Beacon’s Connected Smart Temperature Controller allows you to keep historic temperature data for long-term reference or process analysis. A log of electrical current lets you analyze the duty cycle of your cooling or heating equipment and the operating cost.

 

Additional features

  • Change settings at the physical device or anywhere with an internet connection
  • Customizable alerts based on temperature, electrical current, voltage, resistance, etc.
  • Connect to the internet through Wi- Fi or Cellular (coming soon!) networks
  • Create multiple users with varying access control for added security
  • NEMA 4x enclosure
  • Optional timer mode: easily set up an operating schedule by day and time (coming soon!)
  • Optionally switch load based on ambient temperature in addition to material temperature, for example, freeze protection applications (coming soon!)
  • Heat or cool
  • Backlit LCD display on device
  • Adjustable short cycle delay for refrigeration equipment
  • 120/208/240V, switch up to 24 amp loads
  • Options for secure interface with existing control systems

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Visit Powerblanket at CAMX 2016

Don’t miss Powerblanket (Booth J103 near University Pavilion)  at CAMX September 27-29, 2016, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.  

 

We are excited to announce that Composites One will be hosting demonstrations that feature Powerblanket products near their booth on Tuesday at 1:15 pm and Wednesday at 2:15 pm. They will also have a demo of their processes and equipment on Thursday from 9 am until close.

 

Visit the Composites One demonstrations and the Powerblanket booth to learn more about total temperature control:

Curing & Process Heating Blankets

 

Take advantage of this opportunity to see Powerblanket’s heating products  for curing and process heating applications.  We will be showing off the latest  technology to help you save time and money and achieve total temperature control with ease.Controllers

 

Programmable Logic Controllers

Stop by to experience our PLC technology (Programmable Logic Controllers) that gives you the ability to continuously monitor the temperature of Powerblanket products and control them based upon advanced custom programming.

 

owerblanket400drumPOWERBLANKET 400 Blankets  – for Higher Temperature Applications

Do your jobs require oven-like temperatures?  Meet the Powerblanket 400 line of products.  These new blankets offer higher temperature heating capabilities for industries that need extreme heat application.  Powerblanket 400 heating blankets are able to reach temperatures as high as 400° F! That translates into 300 watts per square foot of surface area, allowing for increased heat transfer throughout the entire application.

 

BEACON SMART CONTROLLERS

In today’s connected world the “Internet of Things” (IoT) allows you to see who is at your front door from your desk at work, turn your lights on and off from your smartphone or get an alert when your garage door is left open. Powerblanket has teamed with Beacon Controls to develop a connected temperature controller. This new, smart controller allows you to monitor and control PowerblaSmart Temperature Controllernket products (or any other device that would benefit from temperature control) from your smartphone or computer. More importantly it allows you to receive text, email or push notifications when the temperature goes outside limits that you specify, so you can set the temperature and walk away with complete peace of mind.

 

Powerblanket is ready to arm you with the latest in total temperature control and improve your bottom line by increasing efficiencies and eliminating downtime.