We consider the conclusion of the grant agreement with the National Center for Research and Development (NCBiR) on 22 June 2016 to be a significant moment in the history of our R & D department. The grant was awarded for the project entitled 'Development of an innovative diagnostic system of drives (DiagSys) based on the electrical measurement of signals typical of mechanical failures of the elements of rotating machines, including development of the specialized analyzer of the operating status and efficiency of machines (APPS 3)'.
The project is financed under the Operational Program Smart Growth 2014-2020, within the submeasure 1.1.1. 'Industrial research and development works conducted by enterprises'. Contest Number: 1 / 1.1.1 / 2015. The value of the project is PLN 5 974 021.85 (USD 1,706,863.39). The value of the grant is PLN 3 727 676.11 (USD 1,065,050.32).
A new product for diagnostics of rotating machines (motors and drive systems) used in industrial processes (DiagSys) will be developed as a part of the R & D work. It will be based on the use of power measurements and the expert database accessible on-line.
Diagnostics of rotating machines seems to be a significant issue, if we take into consideration:
Our goal is to develop a system which will allow for remote diagnostics of propulsion systems in industrial processes. The system will have to fulfill two major tasks:
The main advantages of DiagSys include:
In the result of this project, an innovative product will be created - DiagSys, i.e. the diagnostic system of mechanical failures of rotating machines (motors and complete drive systems) which are used in manufacturing processes. DiagSys is the comprehensive system based on the analysis of spectra, with measurements of power performed. The system provides the online access to the intelligent expert empirical database, as well as the database of failure spectrum models (peripheral field), used for the purpose of validation of collected data. DiagSys will enable cheaper and faster detection of changes in the parameters of a drive, including the use of consumable items, mechanical and electric failures, procedural irregularities and overloading. That, in turn, will allow a company to avoid downtime and related costs and to reduce energy consumption. Technological systems with electric drives account for even up to 70% of electricity consumption in industry.
We have been successfully conducting energy efficiency audits in big and medium scale industries achieving significant energy savings for our clients. So far, according to our team's projects, modernizations have been carried out at a total cost of over USD 730 million, which allowed to reduce energy consumption by at least 3.9 TWh and save over USD 215 million.