Flowserve’s customers need to do a lot of analytics at the edge because they have too much data to send to the cloud, van Gemeren said. For example, one pump sensor can take a measurement 50 times per second, van Gemeren said. There may be six of those sensors on one pump, and 5,000 such pumps in an oil refinery.
Also, a failure on site can cut off a facility’s network connection at a time when data analytics is needed most, he said.
As capable as HPE’s edge systems may be, they’ll have to fit into larger industrial platforms built for the needs of specific customers. Like its rivals, HPE is lining up partners to develop these. They include GE Digital, National Instruments and PTC.
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