Internet was created to enable humans from all over the world to communicate with each other to share ideas instantly irrespective of distance. Just imagine how the possibilities explode when machines can communicate with each other.
How exciting! With a simple Internet connection, they can compare and analyse data allowing humans a greater deal of control on the way we function. This amazing phenomenon is called Internet of Things and will soon be an unforgettable part of our lives.
In industries, IoT is mostly used to monitor performances of machines and devices like transformers to ensure that they function optimally and to prevent any potential or damage in a timely manner.
A transformer runs on the principles of Faraday’s laws of induction. Electrical energy leaps from one coil to another with the same core without the aid of a metallic connection. A transformer is used to balance the electrical fluctuations in power applications and for coupling the stages of signal processing circuits.
In a transformer, load current, voltage, transformer oil, temperature and humidity are few of the factors that need to be monitored, measured and sent to the controller. The controller analyses the data and sends it to an easily navigable display device of the client’s choosing.
The best part of IoT is that it is moldable enough to integrate into any system. For example, it amplifies the usefulness of the SCADA; a control system architecture that relies on electronic devices and data collected for supervisory management.
Of the different kinds of transformers, Distribution Transformers are the ones that make any device customer-ready.
This type steps down the voltage used in the distribution lines to the level used by the customer. This is the invention that made AC power distribution feasible.
Distribution Transformers are charged 24 hours a day and are prone to iron losses which must be prevented.
They are also expected to work at maximum level on low power loads which can place it under immense pressure.
Untimely help in case of overheating or incorrect cooling can result is massive damage. IoT can both prevent and predict such disasters.
What are the downsides of physically visiting the site?
- A visit on-site is not as informative as a device that gains data with sensors. It is a waste of time, money and resources that could be invested elsewhere.
- The damage is massive in case of incidental overload or overheating.
- Testing is a long and rigorous process especially when you want readings on multiple parameters.
- The detection system is not considered accurate.
- An on-site visit might happen too late if there is no way to predict or identify a malfunction.
A real-time monitoring device however, can offer:
- Quick assessment of all operating parameters and real time alerts to any ongoing or future malfunctions.
- Immediate analyses of parameters breached and solutions to correct the problem.
- It’s a system that is accurate and widely tested. It saves time, money, resources and the unpredictable factor of human error.
The most amazing thing about IoT is that it transforms and multiplies the money that’s invested in it. With this tool in hand, you too can be among the best industries throughout the world that are already IoTizing their machines and devices. Profit and achievement is yours for the taking.