In process technology, valves are an integral part of production technology. Different types of valves control the flow of different substances and ensure operation and maintenance. Quality assurance in production depends on trouble-free operation of the valves.
It is difficult to monitor the condition of seals and flaps on the inside.Often wear and damage are detected far too late, when quality and performance are already impaired.
This leads to long repair times during which the plant is down.However, if seals etc. are replaced at fixed maintenance intervals, this affects the value added of your plant.
With a focus on increasing the overall equipment effectiveness, many companies have implemented measures to avoid unplanned failures. If possible, cyclic maintenance is replaced by condition-based maintenance. ifm has been offering different automation solutions for this modern and efficient type of maintenance for many years.
To detect critical situations in your valve in good time, ifm has developed the smart valve sensor. It identifies different wear conditions. Early diagnosis of leakage and deposits on the valve is a prerequisite for preventive action.
The smart valve sensor allows flexible configuration and can be easily integrated into your plant's existing infrastructure. The complete package does not only comprise suitable mounting and wiring technology, it also includes connection to the field bus.