Continuous electronic traceability thanks to valves with RFID
The increasing requirements for documentation and optimization of maintenance processes are also placing increased focus on the individual components within a plant. As an innovative manufacturer of valves, measurement and control systems, GEMÜ recognised this and equipped its valves with integrated RFID chips. This is not only used for continuous electronic traceability but also for direct maintenance support.
The system, referred to as GEMÜ CONEXO, comprises valves with an integrated RFID chip (in the body, diaphragm and actuator), an electronic reading device, the CONEXO pen and IT infrastructure comprising a CONEXO app for mobile end devices and the CONEXO portal server as a central database ideally installed at the operator's premises.
This interaction allows the maintenance technician to call up current information at the valve in the field at any time, for instance the valve description, instructions, test reports or maintenance information.
No online connection is required for this; the data is saved on a mobile end device.
Since the information can be read out at the valve itself, the IQ process (installation qualification) is sped up as the required documents and test reports can be called up and compared quickly and easily.
The CONEXO system also offers major advantages for maintenance processes during operation. The maintenance documentation is processed electronically by the CONEXO app.
The maintenance technician is guided through the maintenance processes, can record the evaluation of wearing parts electronically and verify this via photo documentation.
This allows the data to be recorded electronically in an organised manner and also further processed electronically in a simple manner, whether for the customer's SCADA environment or in the customer's ERP system. The CONEXO portal can be used to analyze the history of operating media sites, even cross-plant. This enables the maintenance intervals to be optimally adapted too.
CONEXO is designed as an open system which means that many other plant components can be managed in the system in addition to GEMÜ valves.