- Helps users’ monitor pump remotely and view historic data through smart devices
- Preventive and predictive maintenance alerts help reduce cost of breakdown
All India, 10th August 2022: Pune-based Kirloskar Brothers Ltd (KBL), a world-class pump manufacturing company with proficiency in engineering and fluid management systems, has introduced an advanced version of its signature IoT (Internet of Things) – based pump monitoring system-KirloSmart. Continuing its trend of setting a new benchmark in engineering excellence and using technology for customer convenience, the advanced version of KirloSmart is set to further strengthen the first mover advantage to the company. KBL is the first company to commercially launch this solution in 2016 in India after using it in-house at the Kirloskarvadi factory since 2010.
KirloSmart is a unique hardware-software technology developed by KBL that enables the user to remotely monitor and troubleshoot the pump on a real-time basis without any manual intervention, predict and take corrective measures to prevent any breakdown, and ensure the pump gives optimal performance. This is achieved by transmitting the pump’s analytical field parameters or operational behaviour on KBL’s web-based portal and interactive mobile application (App). In terms of data security, the cloud services are SOC (System and Organisation Controls) compliant.
The KirloSmart technology with built-in analytics and spare management modules can generate alerts for the probable causes leading to the failure of the pump. Thus, a KirloSmart-enabled system helps the user in monitoring the pump health by appropriately sensing the critical health parameters of the pump. It also helps users in quick diagnostic and resolution of issues. KirloSmart can send alerts and notifications through SMS, Email, and mobile push notifications.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Alok Kirloskar, Member of the Board of Directors at KBL and Managing Director-SPP Pumps Limited, said, “The advanced version of KirloSmart has new additional features like enhanced web application and mobile app with user-friendly next generation UI/UX and easy navigation. This is more interactive and has an enhanced speed. It comes with multiple screen options to show various parameter dials and mimic or process diagrams with sensor data. KirloSmart tracks the overall performance of the pump and notifies the user of any degradation in the efficiency or performance. Also, our team of experts at the back end suggests to customers the correction measures to bring the performance on the track. This way, the solution helps to save electricity cost, prevents pump shutdown, and helps to increase the life of pumps.”
Energy efficiency is a key concern in the Indian industrial sector as a quarter of the energy consumed by industrial motors is used by pumps. It is estimated that around 75% of pump systems in India are oversized, many by more than 20%. Further, electricity costs account for 40% of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a pump.
The advanced KirloSmart allows the customer to see multiple trends on a single screen and provides interactive help in troubleshooting. It offers documentation of weekly reports with trends, observations, and recommendations, and gives the customer access to the pump installation and operating manual, catalogue, pump datasheet, etc.
In yet another benefit, the enhanced hardware used in KirloSmart is both 4G and 5G compatible. It offers excellent wireless solutions for hazardous areas and has battery-operated wireless sensors with ATEX/IECEx and PESO certifications. With its advanced features, reliability, and compliance to safety norms, the new version of KirloSmart is set to add more value to users.
KBL’s KirloSmart is made to work satisfactorily in the Indian weather conditions and challenging scenarios like rural areas with low or limited bandwidth connectivity. This system also offers users the flexibility to use multiple units with a single SIM card.
KBL follows the ‘customer convenience always first’ philosophy and KirloSmart is one such powerful and ideal product that reflects this customer-centric approach in the truest sense. With the launch of this advanced version of KirloSmart, KBL is confident to add many more customers to its long list of existing ones who are already using and taking benefit from this solution.
About Kirloskar Brothers Ltd (KBL): KBL is the flagship company of the US$ 2.1 billion Kirloskar Group. The company was established as Kirloskar Brothers in 1888 from which various group companies emerged later. Kirloskar Brothers was officially registered as a legal entity into Kirloskar Brothers Limited on January 15, 1920. KBL, a global conglomerate, provides complete fluid management solutions for large infrastructure projects in the areas of water supply, power plants, building & construction, process industries, irrigation, oil & gas and marine & defence. It engineers and manufactures industrial, agricultural, and domestic pumps, valves and hydro turbines. It is also India’s largest centrifugal pump manufacturer with eight manufacturing facilities in India along with other international subsidiaries and operations in the Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. KBL has 12,700 channel partners in India and 80 overseas and is supported by the best-in-class PAN-India network of authorised service and refurbishment centres.
All manufacturing plants of KBL have the necessary Quality, Environment, Occupational Health & Safety and Energy standard certifications under the Integrated Management System (ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 and ISO 50001:2018). The company’s Kirloskarvadi plant is a state-of-the-art integrated manufacturing facility, which houses Asia’s largest hydraulic research centre with a testing facility of up to 5000 kW and 50,000 m3/hr.
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