What industries and applications will benefit from the Apps? How?
The solutions we develop are not generally specific to a particular industry, for example our emission monitoring systems are used in many industries to reduce pollution levels and enhance process performance, here our apps are being used to remotely monitor their performance to reduce the need for site service visits and help remotely troubleshoot problems when things go wrong.
Tell us about smart sensors? What are the higher-level systems that they are connected too?
Smart sensors have a micro-processor that enables them to perform multiple functions, for example, generate alarms when measurements are outside of a permissible range, drive a display and communicate with a higher level system such as a PLC, DCS system, on premise gateways or direct to cloud.
Typically ABB devices are smart enough to sense more than just their standard measurement, for example, electromagnetic flow meters like ProcessMaster can detect gas bubbles in pipes, Coriolis mass flow meters can additionally output temperature measurements, unlocking this data can be advantageous for customers trying to extract insights about how processes are performing.
What does Digitalization mean for the future?
Every business is on a digital journey and is busy trying to figure out the value digitalization will offer in future, it is a disruptive technology which will offer many opportunities to gain further insights into how to optimize operations.
Digitalization is today enabling higher levels of autonomy which will lead to higher levels of productivity going forwards, but it is impossible at this stage to predict what areas of industry will see the biggest revolution.
For a smart sensing company like Measurement & Analytics, it is likely more integrated measurement points will be required to assist with automation but ultimately using our expertise to offer solutions will be the key to unlocking the true value from the devices.