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Seed treatment 4.0 thanks to intelligent valve sensors and IO-Link

03 December 2019

Fault in the valve?

Valve monitoring in a new dimension: The smart valve sensor

The valve, the black box of production

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.

When wear occurs, it is often too late

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 to your plant.

Increase equipment effectiveness with ifm

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.

Full insight to what is happening inside the valve

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.

Ifm offers a complete solution for your plant

The smart valve sensor allows flexible configuration and can be easily integrated into your plant's existing infrastructure. The complete package not only comprises suitable mounting and wiring technology, it also includes a connection to the field bus.

The highlights of the smart valve sensor at a glance

  • Great all-round position visibility from a distance
  • Continuous position feedback to the nearest degree
  • Diagnostic functions such as cycle time and count
  • Changes of the closed position, which can point to deposits or wear of the seal, are signaled
  • Flexible parameter setting via teach button or IO-Link


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