One of the major challenges in the maritime industry is the remoteness of the vessels.  This means that getting spare parts sent out is costly, while monitoring assets for upcoming failures using traditional systems is also prohibitively expensive in many cases.  Flicq’s SmartEdge transmits tiny data packets, so predictive maintenance is possible and affordable.  Some of the ways in which Flicq works with maritime customers and partners include:

SmartEdge I/O:    

  • Providing updates on status of ballasts (open/close) or utilization statistics of mechanical assets (e.g. generators, engines, winches)

SmartEdge Plus:

  • Monitoring and anomaly detection of bunker consumption
  • Tracking of impacts on hull to calculate remaining useful life

SmartEdge AI:

  • Prediction of developing failure modes to streamline port schedules

The oil and gas industry has been slow to digitize in comparison with some other industries, but the recent low oil prices have pushed innovation up the agenda as companies seek to run leaner, more efficient operations.  Flicq’s technology enables a number of possibilities, including:

SmartEdge I/O:

  • Verifying statuses at the wellhead without sending personnel

SmartEdge Plus:

  • Monitoring liquid tank levels in a cheap, easy and accurate way

SmartEdge Plus:

  • Providing real-time visibility in the condition of assets at pump stations

SmartEdge AI:

  • listening to vibration patterns with artificial lift systems to detect problems before they affect production

Mining operations often involve remote sites in which electrical power and network connectivity are lacking.  This explains why traditional asset monitoring has struggled to take off, despite the importance.  Flicq’s SmartEdge can help to bridge this gap and allow companies to do things that they couldn’t do before, such as:

SmartEdge Plus:

  • Receiving instant notification when a conveyor belt or other moving asset gets blocked up

SmartEdge AI:

  • Gain advanced and accurate warning of developing failure modes to avoid production halts

Modern manufacturing is all about efficiency, and that means following standard operating procedures and performing just the right amount of maintenance.  Some of the ways that Flicq can help with these goals, are:

SmartEdge I/O:

  • Providing exact utilisation statistics on assets to plan for usage-based maintenance

SmartEdge Plus:

  • Ensuring that staff are using equipment according to the defined SOPs

SmartEdge AI:

  • Moving to predictive maintenance to trim costs and increase uptime

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can benefit from real-time monitoring of their equipment in a number of ways, including:

SmartEdge I/O:

  • Enabling “as-a-service” business model to charge based on utilization

SmartEdge Plus:

  • Ensuring compliance with operating specs to avoid excessive warranty claims

SmartEdge AI:

  • Predicting customer failure modes to maintain control of after-sales parts and services business

Utility generation and distribution poses a number of challenges that involve critical infrastructure and hazardous environments.  SmartEdge can help by:

SmartEdge I/O:

  • Informing water and other utilities when their pumps are turning on an off so that they can see which ones are the most active and plan maintenance accordingly.

SmartEdge AI:

  • Assist renewable and conventional energy companies who need to plan maintenance in advance to avoid unnecessary, costly and hazardous site visits

The world of insurance requires estimates to be made over a number of factors.  Using SmartEdge provides data enabling:

SmartEdge I/O:

  • Usage-based insurance for production machinery

SmartEdge AI:

  • Calculation of customer premiums based upon  real-time risk of machinery breakdown

Modern economies rely on physical infrastructure as well as digital.  Keeping cities safe means knowing when structures need maintenance and when safety systems are operating as planned.  For example:

SmartEdge I/O:

  • Monitoring binary states of infrastructure (e.g. railway level crossings)

SmartEdge Plus:

  • Remote condition monitoring of bridge condition and utilization
We’ve only scratched the surface in the ways in which SmartEdge can help to transform businesses, so if your needs are not listed above, don’t be put off – we’re discovering new applications all the time.
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