The Shift Toward Web-Based Monitoring Solutions
The concept of monitoring pumps and pumping systems is not a new idea. Monitoring pumping parameters such as flow rate, motor current, suction pressures, discharge pressures, vibration and efficiency has been done for decades. The information has been used for predictive maintenance, diagnosing modes of failure, instantaneous alarm notifications and, in some cases, profiling long-term performance. What has changed recently is the manner in which these monitoring, control and communications features can be packaged together into powerful, low-cost and easy-to-use products. In addition, regulatory and business model changes also are combining to drastically increase the demand and viability of “smart”, remotely accessible pumps and pumping systems.