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Bringing IPv6 technology to fluid monitoring

FluidHouse’s advanced, cost-efficient, and environmentally sustainable hydraulic and oil lubrication systems already lead the field in many areas, such as paper machine applications. FluidHouse is now putting its more than 40 years of experience to work in transitioning to IPv6 technology.

Whether supplying standard hydraulic lubrication and power systems or special custom-designed solutions, Fluid- House always aims to offer its customers the best. With more than 40 years of experience under its belt, FluidHouse designs hydraulic solutions that are capable of delivering industryleading performance in even the harshest conditions across a wide range of industries, including pulp and paper, metal, energy, and shipping.

FluidHouse prides itself on never being satisfied with current performance in terms of technology, performance, or quality. As part of its commitment to constantly push the envelope, FluidHouse has now started work on switching to Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) technology at all levels of its operations.

FluidHouse very much believes that this is the way to go, as there is a growing wave of interest in being able to gain access to all aspects of plant information – anywhere and at any time. While this can be achieved today, it calls for many different layers of integration and typically brings a lot of system complication. As a universal communication protocol, IPv6 offers the potential for changing all of this.

Leading the transition

The current focus of FluidHouse’s company-wide transition to IPv6 is concentrated on the use and implementation of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) using 6LoWPAN in the specialised test area and state-of-the-art monitoring system at the company’s main site in Jyväskylä.

As part of this, FluidHouse is participating in the EU’s eSONIA (Embedded Service-Oriented Monitoring, Diagnostic and Control, www.esonia.eu) project funded by the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking.

Leveraging its involvement with eSONIA , FluidHouse has started implementing IPv6 controllers that can pre-process information directly from field devices, sensors, and transmitters. This information is then projected as a series of Web services that can be subsequently accessed by any third-party software or system.

FluidHouse believes that this approach will bridge the gap that often continues to exist today between IT and plant operations and open up the opportunity for seamlessly using modern monitoring systems for a much wider group of people.

FluidHouse uses its test area to test the performance and design specifications of its own products and those of its customers, and the new 6LoWPAN system will make it possible to test the reliability of both IPv6-based and wireless devices in the industrial field.

Thanks to its early commitment to IPv6- based industrial networks and its decades of experience, FluidHouse believes that its advanced and flexible monitoring system and state-of-the-art testing environment will further enhance the quality and performance of its products, as well as customer satisfaction with its solutions.

FluidHouse believes that its switch to IPv6 technology will further reinforce its strengths in fluid automation system design, project management, patented products, and sustainable product development.
> Roberto Camp
(Published in HighTech Finland 2013)