When BOFA’s Intelligent Operating System (iQ) was launched in 2012, it revolutionised the way fume extraction data was captured and applied in industrial fume and dust extraction. The platform introduced levels of control not seen before, with innovations such as remote diagnostics and independent filter status monitoring leading to improved extraction efficiency and reducing the risk of unscheduled downtime.
As Richard Heard, Product Manager at BOFA, explains in this Expert Insight, that data is increasingly the currency of performance. However, data without interpretation and customer insight creates no value. So, when BOFA set about building on the success of the original iQ, enhancing customer value was front and centre.
The result is iQ2 – a platform that not only offers extended performance logs and intuitive visual system status read-outs, but also provides access to future BOFA features through easy-to-install software upgrades.
iQ2 is now featured on BOFA’s best-in-class AD Oracle technology for laser and supports the speed, efficiency and quality drivers increasingly demanded in a high-volume manufacturing setting. It integrates directly with existing production systems through signal interfacing.
With iQ2, the volume and type of data collected and the depth of system reporting goes further than ever before, with up to 12 months of data stored onboard and multiple core functions monitored in real time. This information includes a regular ‘snapshot’ of overall system functionality, enabling detailed analysis of extraction performance to identify value-adding trends that can contribute to improved productivity.
One of the most significant customer benefits of the enhanced operating system is the introduction of a colour touchscreen interface that provides real-time condition read-outs, detailing how each part of the system is performing.
This means that users can quickly review filter status, temperature, percentage motor running and operating efficiency, along with any visual alarms – thereby presenting a snapshot of true system pressure and percentage capacity utilisation. These data can help head-off potential issues before they impact on production and can also be used to inform system configuration to maximise filter life. All this information is presented using internationally recognisable icons and multiple language options.
BOFA’s new extended data log in iQ2 is particularly valuable for high volume manufacturing because with increasing production line speeds, filter capacity is best measured through units of product rather than units of time. Interrogating these logs can provide the granular detail needed to establish optimal filter exchange patterns in step with maintenance routines to avoid the risk of costly unplanned downtime.
This combination of downloadable data and visual read-outs makes diagnostics smarter and quicker, no matter where in the world a production facility is based. It no longer relies on operator interpretation of data – the visualisation of system performance on the user interface quickly establishes the overall health of each element of the extraction technology.
iQ2 continues BOFA’s leadership in customer focused innovation, creating the conditions for even greater integration in the future as industry embraces a new era of automation.
Find out more about AD Oracle with iQ2 here.
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