Compressor manufacturer takes first step into IoT future

One of Europe’s leading air compressor manufacturers, Kaeser is gearing up for future growth thanks to new remote monitoring systems powered by the Internet of Things (IoT).

Prior to the new IoT system, it was impossible to track exactly where and in what condition each cases was in - image courtesy of Kaeser.
Prior to the new system, it was impossible to track exactly where and in what condition each cases was in – image courtesy of Kaeser.

Kaeser has announced that 4,000 cases used to monitor its compressor units will now be fitted with cloud-connected sensors and wireless cards. Through an IoT platform provided by Deutsche Telekom, the German firm aims to remotely monitor and track each case in real-time, helping to combat the frequency in which they are mislaid.

Kaeser is also able to remotely monitor the battery level of each device to ensure that only fully-charged instruments are deployed. Prior to the implementation of the IoT system, it was impossible to track exactly where and in what condition each cases was in.

Each case contains expensive sophisticated measuring instruments and are used by Kaeser field service technicians to perform Air Demand Analysis (ADA) and monitor the energy efficiency of customers’ compressor systems onsite.

Its head of service, Oliver Pschirrer explained: “We had to face the challenge that the cases got lost regularly, and the process of reacquisition was very expensive.”

Kaeser and Deutsche Telekom would reportedly like to expand their collaboration by connecting each compressor system to the cloud, rather than solely the monitoring unit. This would help further boost energy efficiency and optimise performance, as well as potentially detecting any issues ahead of time.

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