Getting performance metrics from industrial equipment is challenging because data is often locked into proprietary on-premises data stores and typically requires specialized expertise to retrieve and place in a format that is useful for analysis. AWS IoT SiteWise simplifies this process by providing software running on a gateway that resides in your facilities and automates the process of collecting and organizing industrial equipment data.
With SiteWise, you can easily monitor equipment across your industrial facilities to identify waste, such as breakdown of equipment and processes, production inefficiencies, and defects in products.
AWS IoT SiteWise is a fully managed AWS IoT service that you can use to collect, organize, and analyze data from industrial equipment at scale.
Today, getting performance metrics from industrial equipment is challenging because data is often locked into proprietary on-premises data stores and typically requires specialized expertise to retrieve and place in a format that is useful for analysis. AWS IoT SiteWise simplifies this process by providing software running on a gateway that resides in your facilities and automates the process of collecting and organizing industrial equipment data. This gateway securely connects to your on-premises data servers, collects data, and sends the data to the AWS Cloud. AWS IoT SiteWise also provides interfaces for collecting data from modern industrial applications through MQTT messages or APIs.
You can use SiteWise to model your physical assets, processes and facilities, quickly compute common industrial performance metrics, and create fully managed web applications to help analyze industrial equipment data, reduce costs and make faster decisions. With AWS IoT SiteWise, you can focus on understanding and optimizing your operations, rather than building costly in-house data collection and management applications.
How AWS IoT SiteWise Works
Benefits of AWS IoT SiteWise
Collect data consistently from all your sources
With AWS IoT SiteWise, you can gather data reliably from multiple facilities, structure it, and make it accessible and understandable—without developing additional software. You can index information and metrics about equipment or processes across multiple facilities, so it’s readily available for applications. SiteWise has the data collection, management and visualization capabilities you need built right in. So, you can invest your development resources on new applications that help you learn more from your data.
Identify issues quickly with remote monitoring
Assess the performance of your industrial equipment remotely, across locations, with SiteWise. Before, you had to dispatch a technician to diagnose a problem and then send another technician to fix the problem. Now, you can remotely diagnose a problem and only dispatch technicians when needed to fix issues. You can spend less time coordinating on-site diagnostic activities and let your engineers focus on what they do best: understanding your operations and designing better systems.
Improve cross-facility processes with a central data source
Visibility across industrial facilities allows you to streamline operations, as well as identify gaps in production and waste. With IoT SiteWise, you can create models of industrial processes and equipment across multiple facilities, and then automatically discover and visualize live and historical asset data through customizable charts and dashboards. Through SiteWise Monitor, you have the ability to launch a web application with your asset data in minutes with AWS and give industrial engineers the visibility to react to issues or identify differences across facilities. SiteWise Monitor makes it easy to create a centralized, authoritative source of information to better understand your operations, improve processes, and reduce waste across your entire organization.
Use cases for AWS IoT SiteWise
With SiteWise, you can easily collect and use data from your equipment to identify and reduce inefficiencies and improve industrial operations. AWS IoT SiteWise helps you collect data from manufacturing lines and assembly robots, transfer it to the cloud, and structure performance metrics for your specific equipment and processes. You can use these metrics to understand the overall effectiveness of your operations and identify opportunities for innovation and improvement. You can also view production line output to assist in production planning and identify equipment and process deficiencies, production gaps, or product defects.
Food and beverage
Food and beverage industry facilities handle a wide variety of food processing, including grinding grain to flour, butchering and packing meat, and assembling, cooking, and freezing microwaveable meals. These processing plants often span multiple locations with process engineers and equipment operators in a centralized location monitoring processes and equipment. For example, they may be monitoring refrigeration units, assessing ingredient handling and expiration, or they may be monitoring waste creation across facilities to ensure operational efficiency. With AWS IoT SiteWise, you can group sensor data streams from multiple locations by production line and facilities so your equipment operators can better understand and improve processes across facilities.
Energy and utilities
Companies often deploy their power-generation assets in remote areas, far from the technicians who are trained to fix the equipment. When an issue arises, the technicians receive a notification, travel to the site to diagnose the problem, and then make another trip to fix it. With AWS IoT SiteWise, you can resolve equipment issues easier and more efficiently. You can monitor asset performance remotely in real time and access historical equipment data from anywhere to pinpoint potential problems, dispatch the right resources, and both prevent and fix issues faster.
AWS IoT SiteWise integrates with the following AWS services so that you can develop a complete AWS IoT solution in the AWS Cloud:
- AWS IoT Core – Register and control AWS IoT devices that upload sensor data to AWS IoT SiteWise. You can configure AWS IoT SiteWise to publish notifications to the AWS IoT message broker, which lets you send AWS IoT SiteWise data to other AWS services.
- AWS IoT Greengrass – Deploy edge devices that have AWS Cloud capabilities and can communicate with local AWS IoT devices. AWS IoT SiteWise gateways run on AWS IoT Greengrass to collect data from local servers and publish data to the AWS Cloud.
- AWS IoT Events – Monitor your IoT data for process failures or changes in operation, and trigger actions when such events occur. You can configure an alarm detection system in AWS IoT Events and send it data through AWS IoT Core.
Vivek is a Senior Embedded Engineer at Robert Bosch. He has been working on Embedded Systems for the past 10 years. He loves to share his knowledge and train those who are interested. Nerdyelectronics.com was started out of this interest.