Chiller Connectivity

The problem

Companies with cooling equipment in their plant for laser machines mentioned the problem of controlling the ice water temperature of the cooling equipment. Chillers have a critical function as process cooling for the laser machines. Company managers unanimously emphasized the necessity of making sure the water temperature for cooling the laser machines remains stable and reliable. To make sure it does, the asset needs to be prevented from downtime. At that time, those managers didn't do error analyses or predictive maintenance, which often caused issues with the reliability of the cooling devices.

The solution

SmartLog offers integrated solutions for chillers that allow company managers or manufacturers to monitor the chillers by connecting them to the internet. On one hand, chiller connectivity allows the chiller company to do a health check and error analysis of the chiller. On the other hand, connected chillers make it possible to control the ice water temperature so it remains stable and the device increases its reliability.

As it is very important for the laser machines that the ice water temperature does not exceed a certain value, we implemented a value limit on the chiller. The manager can adjust this limit to the needs of the cooling process. In case of issues with the cooling equipment, the manager receives an alert, as well as the chiller company.

The result

As soon as the manager connected chillers to the internet easily and quickly, data from non-active registers could be extracted. In combination with vibration monitoring, the chiller company is able to do predictive maintenance and error analyses to prevent the chiller from downtimes. By simply installing a health check box, data about the ice water temperature can be collected and alarms can be set by implementing a limit value.

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