Real-time remote data analysis for industrial machinery
Voltvision worked with the STFC Hartree Centre to explore the potential of real-time cloud processing and data analysis to reduce power wastage and cut CO2 emissions with their remote viewing technology.
High voltage machines like industrial mining pumps, can cause significant power wastage and fatal accidents if operators cannot get highly accurate data readings in real-time. Many high voltage machines operate on diesel engines and increasing their efficiency can help businesses meet climate change targets across high voltage industries and receive tax breaks. However, for businesses using high voltage electric networks, it can be difficult to manage voltage output and synchronise equipment. Voltvision, an SME which wanted to find a way to analyse the data they captured from high voltage machines in real-time. They attach devices to giant motors, generators and other pieces of high voltage industrial machinery to collect readings of the electrical signals generated. Voltvision were looking to optimise the analysis of their data to boost efficiency.
Hartree Centre’s Research Software Engineering team built a tool capable of analysing operational data in real-time. The team used cloud technology and data analytics to collate the data remotely and identify voltage patterns, highlighting potential errors. The aim was for this information to be relayed back to machine operators who could optimise machine output. This project was awarded funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as it helps businesses reach cross-industrial climate change targets by optimising machines and reducing power wastage. The Hartree Centre team developed this work further to build a data pipeline facilitating cloud processing and data analysis.
Remote real-time analysis optimises the use of high voltage machines which reduces fatal accidents and increases energy efficiency. Many high voltage industries, like commercial mining, have announced climate change targets, this pipeline will allow companies to track and calculate how much they have reduced carbon production, which can lead to regulatory tax breaks. By developing a cloud processing and data analysis pipeline, the Hartree Centre team helped to expand the service Voltvision could provide, increasing its customer base leading them to hire more employees, creating over six new jobs for the company.
The Hartree Centre gave us the foundations of something that is actually useful to us in our analysis. With that, we can then go out into the market and start selling a specific product around condition monitoring.Manoli Yannaghas, Voltvision
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