Grundfos leverages on Industry 4.0 to launch intelligent iSolutions product range

As the first pump company to introduce electronics in pumps in the 1980s, Grundfos today has adopted the digital transformation to collect data, regulate usage, keep energy costs low, predict maintenance, and eliminate downtime.

And as more and more companies embrace Industry 4.0 in order to increase productivity and bring down costs, Grundfos has launched a range of new intelligent products under its iSolutions portfolio.

These products include the new Grundfos SMART Digital XL DDA and DDE dosing pumps, which enable accurate chemical dosage across numerous production processes including drinking water, wastewater treatment, and industrial processing. The intelligent monitoring and adjustment features ensure the safe and economical operation of increasingly complex dosing appliances, preventing leakages and improving cost efficiency.

The accurate performance of the two new pump models means customers can reduce chemical consumption by five to 19 per cent compared to mechanical dosing pumps, which consistently reaching processing targets. The pumps extend the performance of the acclaimed Grundfos SMART Digital range, opening up new application possibilities within industry, water utility, agriculture, and more.

This in addition to the launch of the Multi-Pump Cascade Function, which enables the control of up to four parallel-coupled pumps without the need for external controllers. The pumps in a multi-pump system communicate with each other via the wireless GENIair connection. On top of that, its new graphics display provides full control of the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) motor, without the need for additional devices. The user-definable Human Machine Interface (HMI) gives operators a clear indication of the pump status and operating data from the home page.

Grundfos Asia Pacific Regional Business Director of Industry, Eric Lai, said the launch of these new products under iSolutions is part of Grundfos’ commitment to constantly innovate to better meet the changing needs of customers across all industries.

With the potential of intelligent pumps in the iSolutions range to save up to 40 to 50 per cent of energy, Grundfos Asia Pacific predicts that demand for this range will increase by 25 per cent within 2018.

Top industries forecasted to demand iSolutions are the water treatment, precision machining, as well as automotive industries.

“With pumps accounting for 10 per cent of the world’s electricity consumption, the opportunity to leverage on Industry 4.0 to integrate intelligence into pump manufacturing and reduce both financial and environmental costs is unprecedented,” Lai said. “In addition to saving energy and water, other benefits of our iSolutions range include real-time service adjustments based on user needs, which prevent overstocking or surplus maintenance, while resulting in low operation costs and product agility for businesses.”