While connected machines share both production and process information, it is the equipment reliability inspection sensor technology that may prove to be the most interesting and challenging element of the IIoT. The amount of inspection data that can be generated by inline monitoring sensing technologies is impressive. So, the challenge is managing the volume and variety of data, while deriving value from it. Deriving value is where it gets interesting.
Practitioners in vibration, motor current, thermography, ultrasound, and oil analysis (the five core PdM technologies) build up their knowledge, best practices, and ability to recognize tell-tale signs of common failure modes within various classes of equipment. When all the technologies are used together, and across multiple instances of common classes of equipment, patterns emerge in the larger population of data.