Belinda Quijano
Managing Director
Apollo Communications
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Expert Contributor

The Importance of Telemetry in Industries

By Belinda Quijano | Mon, 07/11/2022 - 15:00

The implementation of telemetry in Mexico has become a fundamental element within industries. It helps to reduce costs and transforms CAPEX into OPEX, creating a better relationship between expenses and income. A company can also host its operational data on a server, allowing you to analyze one or more devices.

The capture, transformation, storage, and analysis of data can be a difference-maker between one company and its competitors, considering that the most valuable asset is your information.

Why is it important to implement a telemetry system in your company?

Today, companies are looking to increase their productivity and guarantee business continuity and for this they need to monitor their assets and have information from the field in real time, reliably and in the palm of their hand or in their control room. This will allow them to have better control on their assets, provide for more efficient maintenance and avoid plant stoppages.

One of the most important pillars is to implement the exact technology that meets the company’s needs and specific objectives. By focusing on the most important areas of your business, telemetry services can optimize and improve processes.

Once identified, it is extremely important that the company gets strategic guidance, such as from an Apollo consultant, to guide the company in its transformation, including support in the development of a savings plan and analysis planning that meets the needs of the company. These first findings will facilitate and lead to the implementation of corrective actions in the  different uses, processes, and value chains of the business.

Telemetry allows you to improve the operational processes that drive the company, leading to connectivity, mobility, traceability and big data adding to the infrastructure of your business. The resulting efficiency and appropriate monitoring can make the difference with the competition, promoting continuous improvement for the company in all its processes. 

Apollocom has extensive experience providing telemetry services in mission-critical cases, such as the natural gas network, which is a national security issue; in petrochemical complexes and in refineries, carrying the process data from heat-exchange units and cooling towers so that preventive and predictive maintenance can be carried out, avoiding plant stoppages, reducing maintenance costs and guaranteeing the operation of the business.

Which are the biggest challenges when implementing telemetry in your company?

The biggest challenge is to implement the right technology through an accurate analysis of each project, which also considers geography, the location from which the field information is extracted and delivered to the decision-makers, the installation, and the channels that are used for the transmission of information.

Installation complexity and integrations with third-party or existing systems are the next challenges. In our case, we provide the company with specialized support to determine the acquisition mechanisms both physically and logically.

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), there are too many ways to read physical magnitudes and convert them into protocolized communications.

It is important to avoid risks and bad investments and just as important to get advice on the best acquisition of software and drivers, avoiding additional expenses due to incompatibility.

Which are the key points in the implementation of telemetry?

That which cannot be measured cannot be controlled, and that which cannot be stored cannot be analyzed. Companies need to evaluate behaviors that allow you to make better decisions for your business.

Apollocom, for example, provides remote monitoring that we classify into two main areas: Operational Monitoring and Asset Management Monitoring.

Operational monitoring allows us to acquire, transmit, visualize, store, and analyze the entire productive operation of your business, resulting in a significant return on investment.

Asset management monitoring allows a company to maintain level operating costs and not lose visibility from unscheduled shutdowns in your plant, which will likely involve significant financial losses.

Using a telemetric system gives your company dynamism but you must remember that telemetry by itself is not effective. It is necessary that you take advantage of the potential of the tools and act on the information generated. This management of the generated indicators can mean a big difference for the control and evolution of your operation.

What are the benefits of implementing telemetry in different industries?

One of the first and most important benefits is that it can help prevent accidents. These solutions can also detect failures and apply the necessary corrections in real time, provide preventive maintenance, detect misuse, reduce wear on components, implying a longer service life and lower maintenance costs, among others.

Telemetry will give you autonomy in data management. This management is based on your performance indicators, and this can be clearly observed when you reach your KPIs successfully. It is necessary to mention that telemetry allows you to maximize production, optimize processes and minimize costs, all of which are business advantages.

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