Intelligent blower control: With the arrival of the Sigma Air Manager 4.0 (SAM 4.0) in the blower segment, Industry 4.0 applications are now within reach. This will boost energy efficiency and generate substantial cost savings.
Industry 4.0 enables optimal coordination and control of all components within a blower station to meet the customer's exact requirements. The real-time gathering, transmission and management of in-process operating data enables users to anticipate faults and act promptly before they occur.
Sigma Air Manager 4.0 forms the core of a blower station and is the key technology for opening up access to the services that Industry 4.0 will have to offer. As the central brain, it controls the various machines with the optimum efficiency and precisely matches air delivery with the required airflow profile. Within seconds it analyses the operating data, simulates possible responses and selects the most efficient alternative. The result: an entirely new level of energy efficiency.
SAM 4.0 can communicate in 30 languages. The 12-inch colour touch screen shows at a glance whether the station is in the green zone in terms of energy efficiency. With the greatest of ease, you can display and analyse pressure data, air delivery, performance, maintenance messages and any fault messages, past or present – and not only at the blower station. The network connection offers the convenience of working with the data on a PC in your office or wherever you wish. Aside from providing peace of mind and enabling predictive maintenance, this permits energy management in compliance with ISO 50001.
Moreover, multi-device control opens up new possibilities for the advance planning of blower maintenance. In the past, maintenance was possible only when fault messages occurred or as part of scheduled servicing. With SAM 4.0, it is now possible to initiate maintenance work before faults occur. This helps to avoid downtime and the further damage that faults may cause.
The onboard sensors in the machines and the Sigma Control 2 compressor control system collect process data and forward it to the Sigma Air Manager 4.0 in real time. With special software, the data are forwarded to the Kaeser Data Center and subjected to real-time analysis. The Kaeser Data Center performs central monitoring and handles system messages, initiating predictive maintenance measures as needed.
As a result, maintenance can be carried out at the precise time when it is needed. This saves time and expense and ensures maximum blower availability – and therefore the processes that they support.