On the occasion of SAVE Verona, last October 23, Fandis held the workshop entitled “Thermal Management 4.0: from design to maintenance”.
SAVE is an exhibition on solutions and components for Automation, Instrumentation and Sensors, now in its thirteenth edition, hosted by Veronafiere. It’s a vertical event that combines an exhibition with training.
Our workshop on Thermal Management 4.0
During the workshop, we talked about how the “digital transformation” in thermal management starts with the thermotechnical dimensioning of the cabinet and develops throughout the life cycle of the electrical panels to guarantee the reliability of the components. It’s quite funny to think that electronic components have particular “comfort” requirements, but it is precisely the variance from optimal climatic conditions that is the first cause of the Mean Time to Failure (MTTF) lowering. Enclosures, in fact, are the central element of many industrial machines, through which data on energy distribution and process control are managed. Monitoring the climatic situation keeps the components installed in the correct conditions and avoids dangerous machine stops.
The life cycle of an electrical panel
The workshop dealt with the three phases of an enclosure life: thermotechnical project, tuning, and maintenance.
- Project: the most difficult working conditions are evaluated and the correct thermotechnical balance is dimensioned for components and wiring in perfect condition. The specifications on the installation environment (indoor/outdoor, degrees of protection and air pollution) have been collected, and the most suitable components for the application are sized based on the Joule effect of the most energy-intensive components. Fandis provides the engineers with free technical support for sizing that will soon be accessible directly through our site fandis.it.
- Tuning: the components that develop more heat are identified and sensors are placed to intercept any temperature peaks. The effectiveness of the ventilation systems is checked by comparing and verifying the functionalities by measuring their performance. Our Sensis data acquisition and air conditioning control IIoT device, for example, is able to provide the installer with a data stack that can be used by field bus and is able to self-learn the optimal ventilation conditions. Once installed, the same end-user can develop himself the interface, using the data usable from the stack.
- Maintenance: monitoring, control, predictive management, data collection. Sensis is able to provide data continuously, detecting alarm conditions and closing the loop on the design process itself from which we started.