According to the Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health, steam and hot water boiler systems are systems requiring monitoring. All important technical values and parameters to be determined previously had to be entered by hand.
When you consider that 80 % of the manufacturing industry requires steam for thermal production processes, it becomes clear how elementary reliable and plannable plant operation is for Hagelschuer's customers. The failure of the process steam supply results in the entire production coming to a standstill. Hagelschuer has set itself the goal of digitising and simultaneously analysing the complex interrelationships of all operating parameters of the steam and hot water boiler systems in order to automatically derive recommendations for action. In this way, a safer and more efficient operation of the plants can be permanently guaranteed. A web-based app solution was to ensure the collection, analysis and evaluation of the data.
Monitoring and documentation of steam and hot water boiler plants
Until now, the boiler book for steam and hot water boiler systems had to be kept in paper form (regulation for all systems). With the WebApp
gh-focus, which has been approved by TÜV, this can now be done in digital form.
The development of a web app called gh-focus. The application should work on all devices according to the "mobile first" approach and be intuitive and easy to use.
Simple operability on all end devices
All persons in charge of supervising the facility, as well as colleagues from the administration, should be equally able to use the app.
Quick recording of values through QR codes
The technical values to be determined at the plant, such as the daily withdrawal of the boiler feed water, are carried out via the sample cooler. A QR code attached to the sample cooler and all other relevant measuring points of the system should take the user directly to the respective measuring point in the web app by scanning it. There, the determined value can then be easily entered and saved. It should also be possible to document pictures and accompanying documentation for a measurement.
Automatic parameter monitoring
In addition, the app should automatically compare all technical values and parameters with the stored target values and issue a warning directly if there are deviations. For these automatically generated warnings, a comprehensible reporting chain (SMS & email) should be visible to all users in order to guarantee the greatest possible operational safety and optimal process flows with regard to system operation.
Management of attachment documents
The system should be rounded off by a digital asset file in which all documents, photos and reports are available chronologically.
Analysis through conception workshop
In order to develop a practical, user-oriented solution, it was very important for us to get to know the target groups in advance. Therefore, the target group for the gh-focus platform was developed in a conception workshop, which we recommend to our customers before every project implementation.
The gh-focus application was implemented by us as a responsive web app and can therefore be operated easily from all common end devices, regardless of location. The system status can always be viewed directly via the individually configurable dashboard. Thanks to a colour coding system, abnormal values are immediately visible and can thus be corrected without delay. The information fields can be individually edited and expanded. New measuring points can be added and configured at any time. A comprehensive search function enables a targeted search for individual values. The grouping function ensures individual adaptation and prioritisation. With the help of this function, measurement fields can be grouped and arranged in the desired order. The most important measured values can be marked as favourites and are available on the dashboard. Measured values automatically recorded via the plant technology are entered via the IoT machine interface and immediately displayed, including the status of the last update. For evaluation purposes, the measurement results can be displayed and analysed as a diagram and/or as a table in the history.
Georg Hagelschuer GmbH & Co. KG
Georg Hagelschuer GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1991 as a pure steam boiler service company. For 30 years now, Hagelschuer has been offering individual complete solutions for efficient steam supply, covering the entire process chain. Hagelschuer is characterised by demand-oriented consulting, first-class engineering, high-quality manufacturing and exact assembly up to on-time commissioning. Hagelschuer also offers its customers steam and hot water boiler plants for rent. The rental energy plants are in use throughout Europe and, together with the extensive specialised trade and service, round off the product portfolio. Long-standing and loyal customers include companies from the food, industrial, commercial and service sectors, chemical parks and energy plant operators from Germany and the European Union.