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Static digital twin functionality for valves and manifolds

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is getting more and more traction. The IIOT promises to transform processes of the industry. It demands the securing and availability of far higher amounts of data, at far greater speeds. Often the data is moved into cloud for big data processing. Connectivity and scalability are mandatory.

OEMs, EPCs, and end-users that have embraced the IIoT have seen significant improvements in respect of time, cost savings, efficiency, safety, and profitability. Experts expect this trend to continue and even accelerate.

Digital twin of mechanical components

With all the enthusiasm, we often ignore one fact. Engineers don’t only build process systems out of intelligent, digital, and communicative devices. Technicians install millions of items of technical equipment each year into green or brownfield applications. A big chunk are pure mechanical components like valves and manifolds. For a holistic system view, we need to include those components into the digital twin, too.

Such a system needs secure, biunique, and standardized IT based identification. It will offer invaluable benefits to both owners/operators and OEMs.

OEMs, EPCs, and end-users that have embraced the IIoT have seen significant improvements in respect of time, cost savings, efficiency, safety, and profitability. Experts expect this trend to continue and even accelerate.

Unique product ID

The unique ID provides easy access to static product information of the OEM like material properties, certificates and physical dimensions via CAD drawings. It also includes operating and installation instructions or spare parts or replacement information. Operators link this information into their respective asset and operation management system. This system adds value to many project phases. It results in:

Standards and regulations

The DIN SPEC 91406 released at the end of 2019 supports the implementation of such a system. It offers a clear standard for the automatic identification of physical objects. Users can also identify information on physical objects in IT systems, particularly IoT.

Digital Product Pass

Since 2019 AS-Schneider has worked on the implementation of the Digital Product Pass. This digital pass is now available for one of the high volume portfolios – the E-Series Valves and Manifolds.

During the agile development, we evaluated different technologies and approaches in close cooperation with our valued customers.

QR-code

The final decision was to laser a 2D-code in the form of a QR-code onto the product. The serial number appears on top in plain text underneath.

This kind of product identification offers many benefits to our customers:

Since January 2020, this offering is now available for all new valves and manifolds (E Series) – Full compatibility with DIN SPEC 91406.

Digital service platform

If you have such a valve or manifold with QR-code in your hand or installed in your plant, you can now access the product information very easy. The access is straightforward. Scan the QR-code on the product with any QR-code reader on your smart device. Or, you can enter the plain text serial number lasered on the product on www.qr4v.de The DPP Service Platform offers you access to:

Want to give it a try? Enter our sample serial number SC-08-19-UT606001 on www.qr4v.de

Or, scan the QR-code below:

QR Code to www.qr4v.de!

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