With this new advanced technology platform, customers can turn their existing UV Light Hammer 10 Mark II curing system into an “intelligent irradiator” (IIR) that continuously monitors critical operations of the system in real-time. In the near future, this cloud-based system software, utilizing algorithms and data analytics for predictive maintenance, will enable customers to reduce operating costs and downtime, as well as extend the product life of key components.
According to Dr. Pradyumna “PK” Swain, president of Heraeus Noblelight America, the IIR-AIMS platform is designed to help customers capitalize on the benefits of industrial digitalization, often referred to as the “smart factory” or “Industry 4.0.”
“All industries are going to undergo a dramatic transformation because of the enormous potential of the Internet of Things and the ability to automate operational decision-making of critical processes,” Dr. Swain said. “Our IIR-AIMS solution is an important first step in helping customers realize the benefits of a truly intelligent irradiator that can significantly improve efficiency and performance.”
The cyber-physical marriage of Heraeus Noblelight’s Light Hammer Mark III Systems with its AIMS platform provides an integrated, Cloud-based method to continuously record, monitor and maintain the entire system (up to 30). With this new intelligent irradiator, sensors are installed to provide real-time updates of key performance parameters. Additionally, operational hours of key components, such as magnetron, bulb and reflector hours are recorded. The AIMS solution can be designed to monitor, measure and calculate up to 80 parameters per system. This comprises magnetron current, magnetron voltage, photocell voltage, bulb temperature, analog pressure, ambient temperature, humidity, inlet air temperature and more.
The intelligent irradiator’s operational data is continuously captured and communicated to a Cloud-based network where it can send alerts when warnings/faults occur. Additionally, customers can utilize the AIMS algorithms and analytics to conduct real-time systems diagnostics. This can help customers avoid unscheduled and often costly system shutdowns. Heraeus Noblelight’s Cloud platform continually analyzes the data and provides a comprehensive array of insights to improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of the UV curing system. Customers can access their dashboard to review incident alerts, service alerts, maintenance schedules, past history and diagnostic support.