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Plant Asset Monitoring with PlantConnect PAMS

- By Sujata Tilak


Industries worldwide face challenges of achieving faster time to market, increased pressure to reduce costs, higher quality expectations, reduced resource consumption, and scarcity of skilled manpower. India is no exception to this. In this scenario Information and Communication Technologies will help manufacturers to achieve more with less.

Apart from traditional areas like ERP and CRM tremendous benefits can be derived from plant floor automation systems. Real time data from plant is a gold mine for taking smart business decisions. This article introduces one such system for Plant Asset Management – PlantConnect® PAMS.

PlantConnect® Platform

PlantConnect® PAMS is based on Ascent Informatics’ web-based platform PlantConnect® which provides real time monitoring and control infrastructure for industrial equipment. 

PlantConnect acquires real time data from multiple equipment and makes it available on a central, web-based server. The server provides various features to the users like real time trends, alarms, dashboards, reporting etc.

PlantConnect® PAMS

Plant Asset Management refers to any system through which an organization optimally and sustainably manages its assets. There are many aspects of an asset lifecycle and various systems available in market. Some of these are pure information based systems which maintain and track information of an asset; whereas some are end-to-end systems like Manufacturing Execution System (MES) which need huge efforts in customization.

PlantConnect PAMS is a niche system that focuses on asset performance and efficiency. It has a combination of pre-defined and configurable functionality which can be up and running in short time. PlantConnect PAMS offers standard features like real time data monitoring, historian, alarms etc. But it mainly focuses on 3 most critical areas for a manufacturing unit –

  • Energy Management
  • Production KPIs
  • Maintenance

Below is a typical deployment diagram for PlantConnect PAMS



Energy Management Module

Through this module, user can monitor parameters like power factor, energy consumption in real time and plan measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption.


Production KPIs Module

This module provides dashboards with various KPIs like OEE, MTBF etc. The KPIs change depending on user role. Users can also display KPIs of a machine / production line, compare performance of similar machines etc.


Intelligent Maintenance

This module allows users to monitor machine health and undertake Condition Based Maintenance (CBM). Every machine / equipment starts giving early indications before it fails. E.g. power consumption of a motor is related to condition of its windings.  Intelligent maintenance allows users to define alerts based on parameter data and track maintenance tasks. This ensures ‘Just-In-Time Maintenance’ and reduces machine downtime as well as cost of maintenance.


Case Study

Let us see a case study of a manufacturing plant very briefly.


1. Objective

Energy management and condition based maintenance

2. Data captured
  • Data from energy meters installed on machines
  • Data from relays indicating different status, e.g. spindle on/off
  • Data from temperature and vibration sensors installed on machines


3. Configuration

Condition based maintenance alerts


4. Key insights / benefits
  • Overall energy efficiency and energy consumption patterns at plant level
  • Energy efficiency and energy consumption of individual machine
  • Effectiveness of improvement measures
  • Machine downtime and improvement in it
  • Just-in-time maintenance alerts


PlantConnect PAMS is an ideal platform for manufacturers in general and for SMEs in particular. Easy to setup and configure, it focuses on several key areas and maximizes performance of a plant. 

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