A practical example of VALTO operation

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The condition of pump motors is monitored regularly, usually by an on-site inspection, listening for running noise and external signs such as resonance. Monitoring can also be done via IoT sensors. If a fault occurs, the motor is then serviced or repaired. At this point, the VALTO360° strengths come to the fore. When requesting quotations for the work, it’s possible to show what kind of motor is in question, what the is motor connected to, where it is located, what its life cycle and maintenance history are, and what kind of protective equipment and permits are needed to carry out the work. This information can be found in the POI added to the engine and can be directly attached to the request for quotation. When the worker enters the premises, the permits, the right tools and safety equipment are in order and the objective is clear. With right and accurate information, you can get your line back up and running faster.
 

Energy distribution

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

A key part of energy production is a functioning transmission and distribution infrastructure. The energy production and maintenance structure has evolved in a direction where subcontracting chains are long, cumbersome and expensive to maintain. The distribution network, especially in scattered areas, is prone to disruption.

Energy production and policy are changing. The focus is shifting to renewable energy sources, which will also change the roles of production and distribution. The energy production of the future will diversify, in addition to large backbone networks, some of the energy (solar, wind…) will be produced closer to where it is consumed. Short distribution distances reduce transmission losses, as well as disruptions caused by problems with natural forces and large power plants. Local production management provides significantly more capabilities for accurate energy measurement and control, as well as usage analysis.

The change will also affect the resourcing of maintenance and servicing, even though the energy units are local, their management is usually centralized somewhere else. The organization and centralized management of the local know-how and subcontracting network requires a functional tool for work supervision and monitoring.

The VALTO360° application developed by DEKRA solves most maintenance and monitoring issues. It gathers the scattered information of companies into one visual interface, from which the necessary information is shared to those who need it.

VALTO360° offers e.g.

  • 360° Panoramic images
  • Area and floor maps
  • 3D models
  • Points of Interest (POIs):
    IoT sensors, measurement results, alarm limits, instructions, protocols, videos, etc.
  • Local RFID and QR labels
  • Integration into companies' own systems
  • Browser-based application
  • Customizable user rights
  • Installation either as SaaS (Software as a Service) or local installation (On-Premises) on the company's own server.


More information:
lassi.halme@dekra.com

Initial fire-fighting equipment in VALTO360 ° environment

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

The owner and occupier of a property are always responsible for the condition and availability of fire hydrants. Everyone working in real estate, industrial and production areas must know the locations of the initial fire-fighting equipment.

No-one should move or remove the initial fire-fighting equipment, as everyone must be able to rely on the locations of the fire-fighting equipment they have learned. Their correct placement may also be a condition of the usage permit of the building.

The initial fire extinguishing equipment is marked in the VALTO360 ° environment on the floor plan and 360 ° images, through which they are easy to find.

The required documents can be attached to the VALTO360 ° point of interest:

  • selection of the site's initial fire-fighting equipment
  • fire extinguisher regulations (fire and power classes)
  • periodic inspection certificates
  • maximum service intervals
  • fire inspection reports
  • timeframe for the pressure test of the express fire hose

Emergency fire hydrants should be inspected every year and hoses tested every five years. Reminders about these inspections are easy to connect to the VALTO360 ° point of interest, making it easy for the person in charge to monitor the inspections.

Increase production efficiency

Thursday, January 13, 2022

VALTO360 ° is a cost-effective tool to support inspection and maintenance operations.

We know from experience how much time and resources are spent on normal inspection and maintenance processes. We have worked hard to ensure that operational functions can be performed as smoothly and cost-effectively as possible.

The basis of the functions is easy information sharing and access, as well as a visual, digital twin for remote viewing of objects. The new update also includes remote monitoring of objects. The video camera feature can be used to monitor activity in real time, and IoT sensor support can be used to view changes in processes or instruments.
A significant new feature is the “VALTO Observer” measurement line program, which facilitates the monitoring of erosion and wear of boilers and pipelines. This feature is a very useful feature for lifecycle management and avoiding downtime.

  • Area and floor maps
  • 360 ° photos
  • 3D images and files
  • Visual interface and navigation
  • Points of Interest (POIs) and Linked Files
  • Production environment RFID and QR labels
  • Integrations with different information systems (APIs)

v 2.3 - New

  • Improvements to SafeHub and Sherlok integrations
  • ISO27001 certified
  • Video cameras
  • Measuring line and boiler application
  • IoT sensors
  • Education and training - Moodle integration
  • Software platform and interface improvements

The VALTO360 ° has many functions that facilitate productivity and work processes, for more detailed information:

Timo Juhola
+358 44 737 6970
timo.juhola@dekra.com

QR-code link between physical and virtual world

Thursday, January 13, 2022

VALTO360° presents a space or facility as a digital twin and brings information available to the user relevant to the place or target. To guarantee easiness-to-use and speed, we use QR-codes as a bridge between the physical space and the virtual space within the system. In practice this is done by stickers, which are placed on premises to places, from which one wants to present information about. The user reads the sticker in the physical space with a mobile device, which opens the information of the target. 

There are three options for stickers. In the middle of the picture is shown the simplest solution, where the QR-code sticker is attached to a wall or device with glue. On the right is a ferrite sticker, which can be attached additionally to a magnetic target. This is useful in cases where temperature or for example solvents reduce reliability of sticker attachment with only glue. On the left is a QR-sticker, which has an electronically readable NFC chip. This is useful in cases where the environment is dark, very dusty or dirty. NFC sticker includes also ferrite feature. 

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