What does thermal management mean?
With digitalization, this function assumes strategic importance: if devices dedicated to on-board control of industrial automation machines, energy distribution or data transmission do not operate in optimal environmental conditions, in fact, the interruption of service may lead to significant costs.
Remote thermal management
Not only comfort, but also recent global events, have made essential not only to digitize, but also to remotely control all those parameters that guarantee the correct functioning of the electrical panel, to be informed in real-time on its health conditions and optimal operation, or to schedule maintenance.
How to do thermal management on remote?
For example, by integrating the Fandis IIoT Sensis device into the electrical panel.
Sensis, in fact, is the first remote thermal management system for electrical panels, able to satisfy every need for climate control, predictive maintenance, and interconnectivity:
- It detects and controls the temperature in the electrical panel through sensors that can be placed in critical points.
- It measures the airflow and monitors the efficiency of the ventilation through a sensor applied directly to the grids of the exhaust filters or air conditioners.
- It monitors the efficiency of the ventilation system by intercepting the obstruction of the exhaust filters or the presence of leaks.
- It identifies peak values, the exceeding of critical thresholds, the opening of the cabinet door.
- Records the time, date, and duration of each event, providing useful data for diagnostics.
- It allows to plan the maintenance of the filters at the same time and the manual retooling, today reduced to the indispensable minimum.
In addition, the data formats relating to adjustments, maintenance, and operating statistics are easily accessible from any SCADA system and standard IIoT interfaces. On versions with MQTT/OPCUA protocols, it is possible to activate the sending of personalized emails to the maintenance technician to promptly report any anomalies.
How does Sensis work?
As we have just seen, Sensis governs the climatic parameters, controlling temperature and humidity through relay outputs with programmable hysteresis and floating contacts, adapting to any type of actuator and cabinet size. It’s a node on the machine’s field bus, independent of the process control, the setpoints can also be modified remotely, without opening the cabinet door or interrupting operation.
Sensis has pre-set regulation algorithms for every type of need, but it can also act as a simple I/O module, letting a remote device act on the actuators according to different criteria.
The Sensis range
Sensis has a wide range of models for total compatibility with the main field buses and can bypass the PLC by transmitting via OPC-UA or MQTT on the same physical channel. It’s mounted on a DIN bar and takes up the space of a traditional thermostat, thus allowing it to also act in the revamping of existing machines.