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Cloud Computing: A New Paradigm in Industrial Maintenance

Attaching SmartDiagnostics® receiver nodes to a collection server
set up to transmit data through the Cloud.
In 1970, the internet was in its infancy.  Then, the internet, or rather its precursor, ARPANet, consisted of just five nodes, one at Stanford University, one at UCLA, one at UCal-Santa Barbara, one at the University of Utah, and finally, one at Bolt, Beranek & Newman (a technology R&D company).

Now, the internet is, to quote writers from the Internet Society, "...at once a world-wide broadcasting capability, a mechanism for information dissemination, and a medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location."  This "medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location" is at the core of Cloud computing, a technology that has become available to industrial maintenance teams.  With the Cloud, maintenance teams are no longer tied to only being able to view machine health data on computers with a company's own network.

Additionally, Cloud setup is simple.  It only involves a small machine that connects to the Cloud and talks to the sensors.  Furthermore, the Cloud allows for a truly "plug and play" machine diagnostics system.  All a maintenance professional has to do is plug a small server box into an outlet, connect wireless receiver nodes to the server box, place wireless sensor nodes on a machine, and then wait for data to start flowing.

Now, with Cloud technology, maintenance teams can view machine health data from as close as just down the street, to as far as an ocean away, and it's all made possible by something created by a few university and private company researchers 44 years ago.

Note: This is the first post of a series of posts about how the Cloud can be used by industrial maintenance teams.

Photo by Christopher Shannon/KCF Technologies.  All rights reserved.

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