Remote Monitoring & Early Fault Diagnostics of equipment
One Smart Platform!
Advantech & partner’s cloud-based solution, enables cooling tower manufacturer EWK to increase the lifespan of its equipment and considerably reduce service costs
Spanish based company EWK designs and manufactures cooling towers, evaporative condensers and adiabatic equipment, designed to obtain the highest energy efficiency. Over the years the company has produced and installed tens of thousands of cooling towers across the globe.
Smart Care enables cooling tower owners and manufacturers to monitor the equipment performance remotely, allowing for the early detection of faulty hardware and in turn the provision of timely service. Through the user-friendly dashboard, the manufacturer can also learn more about the system, stay updated on its performance and in turn provide a highly reliable platform to its customers.
“At last, remote controlled cooling towers thanks to the EWK SMART CARE service powered by Advantech.”Javier Vaquero. EWK Equipos de Refrigeración, S.A.
Advantech’s Smart Edge box “ECU-& EdgeLink” is easily installed to an electrical connection in the Smart Control Cabinet on the cooling tower, it is Modbus TCP. The ECU transmits the Modbus TCP data over the telco network to the Ericsson Cloud IoT Accelerator. The software converts that data from any control system such as data conversion – protocol conversion event handling and logging data which is then translated into user-friendly information that is broadcast on the SmartLog AKURU dashboard. The solution can connect to almost any industrial hardware device and cloud-based platform. In this case, EWK now has instant feedback on the health and performance of each of its towers.
EWK’s customers can expect a significant uptime on each installed cooling tower with unplanned maintenance activities kept to a minimum. Before this solution, a cooling tower downtime usually led to an unexpected and unwelcome factory stoppage. Therefore, the system requirement is to connect the Cooling Tower information to a central monitoring point.
“Prevent unplanned maintenance through condition monitoring and transform data into information”, says uptime-engineer Lise Vandeborne of Smartlog
Advantages to the end customer
Advantages to the manufacturer and reseller
Our product line is based on the Ericsson Cloud IoT Accelerator. This means:
- It has LWM2M protocol for effortless zero-touch for thousands of cooling tower upgrades expected in coming years
- It is cellularly connected, hence it works worldwide
- The ECU 1251 connects effortlessly to the existing PLC using Modbus TCP
- ECU 1251 Modbus serial ports provide instant upgrades to obtain more sensor inputs using Advantech WISE or ADAM units, for example
- Programming make it easy to be configurable with Advantech’s free downloadable software
- ECU 1251 Modbus serial ports provide instant upgrades to obtain more sensor inputs using Advantech WISE or ADAM units, for example- Programming make it easy to be configurable with Advantech’s free downloadable software
In conclusion, Advantech sees CO-CREATION as a vital element to successful IoT projects.
“With the Advantech ECU Gateway, we improve our connection with our customer. Cooling with the EWK Smart cooling towers is reliable and energy efficient, the Advantech ECU proves our promise of 24/7 operational efficiency.” Maarten Wijffelaars Owner Cool Industries BV
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