After 6 years from the release of DOSTEC AC in 2016 and with DOSmart AC about to reach its first year of life, ITC launches an update that will allow owners of ITC advanced control pumps to predict the wear condition of its components, thus allowing to conduct a more adequate maintenance of them and lengthening even more the useful lifespan of its products.
Today we interview Javier González, electronic and telecommunications engineer, to learn more about what this new update brings us.
In the technical department, my main duties are the design and programming of Dostec AC and Dosmart advanced control dosing pumps, as well as WTRtec and Water Controller 3000. I am also in charge of the design and programming of the IoT Cloud Manager platform and associated APPs. Like the rest of my colleagues at the technical department, I am also part of the SAT team (Technical Assistance Service) to be able to answer any inquiries or doubts about the operation of Cloud Manager platform and the control units. I consider that communication with both the commercial department and with our distributors is vital so that the design of our products is adapted to the real needs of our clients.
The new version of Dostec AC and Dosmart AC includes a feature that allows to anticipate the maintenance that must be carried out with the different parts of the pump, such as the bellows, the diaphragm, the seals, the oil or the valves. It is the same kind of indicator that we can see in a car, and now Dosmart AC and Dostec AC pumps will warn us in the same way. In addition to this, we have made some small modifications that improve the performance of the pump.
Both in the agricultural and in the industrial world, people have many tasks to do and being sure that the pump will warn us when it requires certain maintenance is a benefit for the installation and for the quality of life of the pump user. Because a timely maintenance can avoid some serious consequences on the installation.
“Being sure that the pump will warn us when it requires certain maintenance is a benefit for the installation and for the quality of life of the pump user.”
The Dosmart AC and Dostec AC applications have also been updated to include maintenance options, and it has been added a historical data record so that it is possible to view, from the APP itself, the variation of the different parameters of the pump, such as flow, inputs, outputs and alarms, throughout its operation.
The following projects will be oriented at sensorizing our pumps in a higher degree to have more information about their behavior and to be able to detect malfunctions of either the pump or the installation. Then, regarding communications and IOT, we also intend to make a series of improvements in the usability of the APPs, so that it is even more user-friendly than now.