Our approach to the Industry 4.0

In an Internet of Things perspective, factories get smart: data lying in engines, process systems, devices, sensors, meters and infrastructures can feed decisions and actions to prevent production downtimes or disruptions, rationalize costs and encourage innovation.

Industrial companies around the world are leveraging data generated from fully-instrumented plants to improve productivity and adjust processes, but also to reduce consumption of key resources such as energy, water and raw materials. The Internet of Things paradigm enables a smarter way to monitor production assets, and wireless networks are critical for implementing advanced sensor architectures to closely monitor key parameters such as temperature, pressure, emissions and vibrations, thus achieving greater control over plants performance and sustainability indicators.

Our technology enables Industry 4.0 applications and suits asset management and remote monitoring needs of various industries, including power generation plants, oil&gas facilities, chemical and manufacturing plants, engineering and telemetry projects.

 

PE Smart Industrial Network is a scalable and modular solution enabling rapid and cost-effective design and deployment of a reliable wireless-mesh network featuring 6LoWPAN protocol for collecting and transmitting data from any kind of new or existing industrial sensor or device.

Including advanced software and network management tools on sub-GHz ISM band for higher penetration and noise immunity, and featuring ultra-low power technology for long life operations (> 8 years) and predictable power management, PE Smart Industrial Network is a self-organizing, self-healing and adaptive solution, ensuring data reliability >99%.

By supporting bidirectional communication and distributing part of the intelligence to the edge of the network, PE Smart Industrial Network allows to control single devices from remote and trigger specific actions up to given field-detected conditions (ie. the system automatically stops if temperature or pressure increase over a certain value).

PE Smart Industrial Network stands the harshest conditions (IP67 and ATEX certified), and has already been successfully implemented in hard-to-reach locations and harsh environments, such as industrial plants with extreme temperature, moisture and steam operating conditions, or outdoor installation with typical tropical weather.

Paradox Engineering is partner of Symbioptima (http://www.symbioptima.eu), the Horizon 2020 project by the European Union, whose goal is to define new paradigms and models for industrial clusters. Within Symbioptima consortium, we are working with nxtControl and Synesis to develop a multi-layer technological framework for wireless sensing, monitoring and distributed supervisory control, allowing companies to collect and transport industrial data and feed plant-related decisions, demand-response strategies and repeatable dynamic models.

Two wireless hardware platforms are being engineered, both enhancing 6LoWPAN wireless functionalities and integrating the IEC 61499 technological protocol. The first platform deals with Low Power Nodes: these wireless nodes stand out for a very limited power consumption, and are therefore suitable to connect battery-powered applications to the network and enable bidirectional communications. The second platform supports the implementation of High Performance Nodes to interface smart industrial devices, and Wireless Gateways to attach and detach nodes across the wireless mesh network. An integrated software architecture has also been developed to manage the entire infrastructure and its components.

The wireless sensor network solution is planned to be tested and validated in a small-scale industrial environment at the project partner Spirax-Sarco industrial site. It will be demonstrated at the production plant, where a set of complex thermal energy production facilities and a distribution network are also in use, including steam and condensed water returns.