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How the Right Hybrid Industry Automation Integration Partner Can Minimize Project Risk

According to Fortune Business Insights, the global industrial automation market, which was valued at $157 Billion USD in 2018, is expected to reach nearly $297 Billion USD by 2026. As smart automation and digital solutions take hold, the role of industrial automation system integrators becomes more important than ever. Systems are more connected and data sharing is critical for executing end-to-end process optimization.

Systems integration is not simple work. Connecting a diverse set of applications and systems in a way that business requirements for speed and profitability are met requires the skill of experienced experts. Good systems integration also allows end users to continue to focus on their core competency of plant production safety and efficiency instead of dealing with the distractions of systems malfunctions. Having a trusted partner to implement these complicated solutions helps ensure success, delivers solutions benefits faster, and reduces overall project risk.

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In hybrid industries, like specialty chemicals, food & beverage, and pharmaceutical, where automation systems address both process and discrete manufacturing steps, there exists the unique need to bridge information from these varied automation applications. Success in achieving a seamless automation integration in such environments requires partnering with consulting organizations and technology providers who understand the nuances of hybrid industries.

Steps to Selecting the Appropriate Hybrid Automation Partner

When we at Supertech, an automation systems integrator and certified Schneider Electric Master Alliance Partner and EcoXpert, are asked to engage in industrial automation systems integration projects, we start by sharing the insights we have gained over the last 25 years. Those insights, developed when working with customers to minimize risk and accelerate ROI, can be summarized in these three points:

  1. A turnkey systems integration approach saves time and money – A capable systems integrator should be able to go beyond simply installing their automation system. The integration of ancillary components such as sensors, transmitters, on/off valves, control valves, erection material (cables, cable trays, junction boxes, tubing, steel and pipes for fabrication), with the automation system represents a critical success factor. Coordination between customer engineers and the systems integrator is needed to properly link the electrical, piping, mechanical, and civil engineering aspects of the project. An organization that has extensive experience in deploying hybrid systems, under strict time constraints, represents an important differentiator when selecting a partner. Such a partner is capable of assuming turnkey responsibility of the automation solution, which will avoid time delays, save money, and shift the project management burden to the trusted systems integrator.

 

  1. A high degree of staff engineer technical competence is required – As the complexity of automation systems deployments within hybrid industries increases, so does the required level of instrumentation and automation systems technical expertise. End users should determine solution provider competency levels by checking on the credentials of the engineers and by asking for references of jobs completed. A few of these references should be contacted and, if possible, visited to ascertain the quality of the engineering work. Look for teams of experts knowledgeable about the benefits surrounding the advanced level functions of batch, MES, and ERP integrations. In addition, every project has its challenges–timeline delays, payments delayed, frequent changes in system requirements, and technical complications to name a few. Find out how the solution provider has performed and supported the customer when these types of issues occur.

 

  1. A systems integrator backed by a reputable global technology manufacturer lowers long-term risk – The longevity of the industrial automation systems integrator can also impact the level of success the end user will experience when implementing their automation solution. Although end users may be familiar with a global solution provider, for example, they may not be as aware of the regional systems integrator. However, the integrator tends to be the end user’s lead interface over the long term. At the manufacturer level, regional management can change quite often (every 3 years on average), but the leadership at smaller regional integrators tends to remain in place from 15 to 20 years. Such long-term relationships signify an in-depth knowledge of the environment and of relevant end-user applications. Therefore, end users who work with knowledgeable, long-term industrial automation systems integrators are subjected to less risk, fewer implementation delays, and lower project change order-related expenses.

To learn more about how automation solutions can better serve hybrid segment manufacturing business requirements, review our customer implementation projects and find us on the Schneider Electric Exchange platform, a global network of experts and peers.

 

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Yogesh Limaye, with 25+ years of experience, brings in-depth knowledge of Field Instrumentation and Design & Detailed Engineering. He is an expert in project management and advanced control systems for batch processes. He also has expertise in executing turnkey instrumentation projects, including automation, instrumentation, and installation.

Before joining Supertech, Mr Y. Limaye worked at Jaysynth Polychem, Hindustan Dorr Oliver, and Siemens Ltd. He is a graduate of the College of Engineering, Pune, with a degree in Instrumentation.

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Agile Operations: Is Zero Engineering the Next Era in Industrial Automation? - Schneider Electric Blog

Agile Operations: Is Zero Engineering the Next Era in Industrial Automation? – HVAC Dubai Blog

Lately I’ve explored different ways we’re enabling digital transformation for businesses. Schneider Electric Exchange is one part of that story. Another part lies in developing tools to better integrate the software and control systems in an Industrial Operation. To explain how and why, we first need to go back to 1969 when the first programmable controller was invented for the automotive industry by Modicon.

At the time, making system changes for annual vehicle model updates was a lot more complicated and time consuming. Reconfiguring thousands of wires in massive relay panels was a tedious, error-prone process, and trouble-shooting errors during production was difficult, time consuming and costly. The invention of the PLC marked a new era of industrial automation, and thanks to Modicon’s legacy, we no longer need to spend time or money rewiring these huge banks of relays.

However, setting up an Industrial Automation system or making changes to it still takes a fair amount of work. Consider the example of a control system for a water network or food processing plant. The plant control, supervisory and other system components need to be configured for each asset. This takes several hours of engineering, not only when the system is first built but also during its entire operational lifecycle when changes need to be made.

Bottomline, even with today’s control technologies there is still a fair amount of time, money and risk involved. It’s time for the next new era of automation: zero engineering.

Harnessing emerging technologies to work towards zero engineering

Zero engineering may sound ambitious, but as the aim is to reduce commissioning time and increase the agility of industrial businesses, it’s the logical next step – or leap. We have so many of the ingredients to make this possible now.

We’re already using digital assets throughout industrial processes, both during the design phase,  to simulate an entire plant in the virtual world (the digital twin) and then later during the operational phase, to glean business insights from process data and try out the effect of any process changes before we make them in the real world.

So why not attach design information with these assets in the virtual world?

Each digital asset, along with its electrical, control and mechanical designs, could then be assembled in the virtual world to make a complete plant control system.  Then in the real world, all you would need to do is drag and drop objects from a library and allow the system to automatically connect and configure them. This could all be done at the same time and using the same digital model developed as the process’s digital twin during the design phase.

Once the operation is running, you could even go back to the virtual domain in the form of the digital twin to simulate any changes and virtually test effectiveness and ROI before committing to them.

Towards zero engineering: putting the stepping stones in place

It all sounds easy, right? Well, maybe not quite yet but we’re making progress by building more integration into our control and software solutions. And while fully automated Industrial engineering isn’t quite here yet, our integrated Modicon and AVEVA solution is an important step towards bringing its substantial benefits to industries. Well, at least as far as the control and supervisory systems are concerned.

As such, control and supervisory objects are linked early in the design phase. When a new asset is required both these systems are selected and deployed together. They’re linked during design and this linkage remains throughout the lifespan of the system, meaning:

  • It’s much quicker and easier to design new control schemes with less mistakes.
  • Changes later are faster and more accurate which is of course, very important to running efficient operations.

At a time when uncertainty is high, this is all very appealing. Today these measures could even be a matter of survival. With object-based engineering and the digital twin already in use, the reality of the Digital Asset is moving ever closer – as is the goal of zero engineering. EcoStruxure Control Expert – Asset Link makes this important connection between control and supervision. And our integration solutions already support a higher level of flexibility and efficiency for industrial operations.

Find out more in this whitepaper from Frost & Sullivan.

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Why New Generation Automation Solutions Excel in Hybrid Process Environments

Emerging process industry segments such as small- to medium-sized manufacturers have a huge potential for growth and the right industrial automation systems can help fuel that growth. Take, for example, a paint manufacturer based in India who decided to invest in a new generation hybrid automation system (a system that addresses both the process and discrete steps of a manufacturing operation). Initially, the company was manually handling large quantities of raw materials. Barrels of liquid and bags of chemicals were delivered and dropped off on the plant production floor. These were then individually weighed on platform scales so that recipe quantities could be properly measured out. Then those ingredients were manually loaded into the mixers.

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All of this changed when the company upgraded to an automation system specifically designed to meet the need of their hybrid processes. Now, the raw materials are stored in bulk in storage tanks. They are transferred by pumps to weighing tanks mounted on the load platforms. The raw materials are weighed in the weighing tank and transferred into the mixer according to the prescribed recipe. Bulk raw materials like oils, solvents, resins, and emulsions are directly transferred from storage tanks to the mixers, with quantities measured with mass flowmeters. Pneumatic conveying systems have been used for bulk powder raw materials, where quantities are measured by means of load cells on silos.

This process automation has resulted in a drastic reduction in the requirement of manpower for material handling, safer handling of chemicals, faster batch cycle time, greater consistency in quality, and higher productivity.

Cutting Through Marketplace Automation Systems Confusion

When we at Supertech, an automation systems integrator and certified Schneider Electric Alliance Partner and EcoXpert, meet with customers for the first time, they are often confused by the overwhelming amount of automation solution choices presented to them in the marketplace. Their dilemma is compounded by automation manufacturers who try to sell them traditional solutions that are not specifically designed to meet the needs of the hybrid segments.

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Let me explain how this situation has evolved. Manufacturers can be broadly classified into three segments–discrete, process, and hybrid. The automation systems used in these segments are different from each other. In small discrete industries like machinery and electronics, logic and sequential control are based on PLCs and HMI / SCADA. These systems had the advantage of ease of use, openness, and flexibility. On the other hand, large continuous process industries such as oil & gas, power, and refining, have relied on traditional distributed control system (DCS) solutions. These high-speed, tightly integrated systems provide control and supervision, with high capacity for analog signal processing and computational capabilities.

Traditional process applications (such as petrochemicals) and discrete applications (such as packaging) have worked separately, with little or no need for information-sharing. In hybrid segments like food & beverage, specialty chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, however, there exists the unique need to bridge islands of both process and discrete automation applications and to carry the information gleaned from these disparate systems across their plants.

Until now, in the absence of automation systems specifically designed for hybrid segments, manufacturers were forced to either use available PLC / SCADA systems (designed for machine automation) or DCS which are typically used by large, continuous process industries. However, these systems are not adequate to meet the requirements of hybrid segments because they lack the integrated connectivity to link data from both discrete and process applications. Users of these systems tried to overcome the shortcomings by developing customized software for each process. However, this was not very successful because the manufacturers became heavily reliant on the skills and availability of the software developers. Those who adopted the DCS option found that the systems were far too expensive to operate and maintain and did not have the desired features. This gap in the marketplace prompted the creation of a middle-level process automation platform designed specifically to meet the requirements of the hybrid segments.

Modern Solutions and Resources Help Support Hybrid Automation Projects

New systems such as the Schneider Electric Hybrid DCS are designed to support hybrid industrial segments where engineering skills and manpower are in short supply. Such systems address the need of these industries for turnkey solutions that require a relatively small investment. By providing tight integration between control and supervision, and powerful diagnostics, these systems allow engineers and operators to work within an open, flexible, and easy-to-use environment.

To learn more about how automation solutions can better serve hybrid segment manufacturing business requirements, review our customer implementation projects and find us on the Schneider Electric Exchange platform, a global network of experts and peers.

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Kishan Shetty Kishan Shetty, General Manager – Projects, joined Supertech in 2005. He has played key roles in business development and project management. As a business development leader, Mr. Shetty has contributed to Supertech’s growth by building our domestic and international client list. He has helped many clients convert their manual plants to fully automated plants through turnkey Instrumentation and Electrical solutions. As a project manager and E+I consultant, Mr. Shetty is involved in all aspects from logic discussion and planning to procurement and from FAT and SAT executions to E+I constancy services and after-sales support. Satisfied clients include Asian Paints Ltd, BASF India Ltd, Esteem Industries Ltd, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd, and Vishwaat Chemicals Ltd.

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How Building Automation Systems Help Deter the Spread of Infection in Hospital Environments

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Jeff is the Executive Vice President of Wadsworth Solutions, a Master-level BMS EcoXpert™

In U.S. hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) account for an estimated 1.7 million infections each year. HAIs occur when patients acquire a new disease or infection while in the hospital. Post-surgical infections alone are believed to account for up to ten billion dollars annually in healthcare expenditures, and hospitals are held liable for those costs.

Fortunately, for both patients and hospitals, trend analysis indicates that instances of HAIs are decreasing. Up-to-date smart ventilation technologies driven by building automation systems are helping to reduce these risks by effectively managing airflows across hospital facilities. However, in order to be effective, these systems must be properly designed, operated, and maintained.

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Best Practices for Maintaining Healthy Airflows

Our company, Wadsworth Solutions, works side by side with facilities staff to help make hospital environments safer for patients and staff. As a Schneider Electric Master-level EcoXpert, we support building owners and portfolio managers in their efforts to automate their facilities and to integrate analytics into their building automation practices. We also advise building owners on methods for optimizing building operations during low-occupancy situations, such as the 15 steps outlined in this brochure by Schneider Electric.

Airflow systems are complex, and over the years, we have helped hospitals to implement the proper steps for maintaining the safety of their ventilation. We often recommend that our healthcare clients implement the following best practices:

  • Enhance your ability to log and trend data – Today’s building management systems have more memory available than ever before. More memory increases the system’s ability to compile more data. Better analysis of data allows hospital officials to offer regulators complete and detailed reports surrounding both the rate of air changes in rooms and the rate of energy consumption. Data analytics tools also help facilities staff to work with trending data in order to optimize building performance through data-driven system adjustments.
  • Engineer spaces to enable both positive and negative pressures – Following up on the Six Steps Hospital Facilities Can Take to Reduce the Risk of Spreading Infectious Disease blog from Chris Roberts, Global Solution Architect for Healthcare at Schneider Electric, I thought I would share some more information. In some hospital rooms, positive air pressure (new air coming in) is a strict requirement. In an operating suite, for example, when an operation is occurring, up to 24 air changes per hour are required. Thus, every three minutes, all the air in the room must be completely turned over. In other hospital rooms, negative air pressure is required. Consider rooms that house soiled garments, scrubs, and devices that were used in surgery. Those are rooms that should be kept at a negative air pressure (no air leaves the room and enters nearby rooms). Precision ventilation systems operating without defect are required to maintain such positive and negative air flow conditions.
  • Perform regular maintenance – As fresh air comes in from outside of the building, it is mixed and screened for contaminants. Then that air makes its way through duct work, moving across coils for heating, cooling, and humidification, through a series of filters, and then into the spaces where patients and staff reside. At the same time, inside air is removed and replaced with the new incoming air. Without proper preventative maintenance of these air distribution systems (including regular replacement of filters) building owners invite situations where the risk of airborne mold spores, which contaminate the air supply, increases.
  • Pay attention to damper performance – Within buildings, dampers are used for controlling air flow. The introduction of fresh outside air into the facility, for instance, is controlled by a damper. Some dampers help to mix air while other manage the volume of return air. Most dampers have slats and a very fine mesh screen that operate to control the flow of the air. When a damper malfunction occurs, air quality is impacted, and pre-set airflow parameters are difficult to achieve. Thus, dampers should be inspected and tested on a regular basis in order to ensure safe airflow performance.

To learn more about how digitized building automation solutions can enable modernization and enhance healthcare airflow quality, visit the Schneider Electric EcoStruxure™ web site.


Tags: Airflow management, Building Automation, building management system, EcoStruxure, EcoXpert, Hospital, Wadsworth Solutions


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The Ultimate Guide to Green Home Automation - Smart Home and Energy Savings Blog - Mysa

The Ultimate Guide to Green Home Automation – Smart Home and Energy Savings Blog – AC Spare Parts Dubai

This week we have a guest blogger! Laura Bourland, Content Marketer, has written for buildwithrise.ca and other prominent outlets in the Smart Home world. 

You consider yourself a pretty smart, savvy homeowner, but does your house reflect that?

Smart home technology has taken the world by storm, offering new ways to save on those utility bills, automate routine actions, and help us all reduce our environmental impact. On average Americans spend $3,052 every single year on utilities, but it’s also possible to save as much as a third of that simply by upgrading to smart devices and home automation.

Smart thermostats alone can reduce your home heating and cooling costs by more than 23% by automating your indoor temperature so it’s always comfortable and never wastes energy while you’re at work or on vacation. There’s even options now available for electric heat, like AC Spare Parts Dubai. Add on a home assistant, and smart light bulbs and you could really save on the bottom line.

But with SO MANY options in smart home automation, where does one even start?

Did you know, about 60-70% of all the energy you consume at home when you have high voltage heating is dedicated solely to maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature? Programmable smart thermostats make it possible to view that energy consumption in real-time and manage it all from a dashboard that can be accessed both at home and while you’re away. Keep in mind that not all smart thermostats are compatible with high voltage and forced fan heating systems. If you’re unsure, contact the company or talk to a sales representative before adding the thermostat to your cart.

Because smart thermostats are programmable, you can easily set them to automatically heat your house just before you get home from work each day and lower the temperature to a comfortable sleeping temperature about an hour after you’ve drifted off to dreamland. Once most people set their smart thermostats, they can forget about constantly adjusting the temperature and finally just sit back and live comfortably. Smart thermostat owners also report saving about $150/year or more compared to their previously not-so-smart thermostat.

There are many “smart” thermostats on the market, but few truly smart devices. Here are just a few to get your search started…


Nest Learning Thermostat

  • Control it from anywhere
  • Room by room sensor prioritization
  • Automatically adjusts the temperature when you’re away
  • Assistant Compatibility: Google Home, Amazon Alexa
  • Where to Buy: Amazon or the Nest Store

 

Ecobee Smart Thermostat

    • Control it from anywhere
    • Room by room sensor prioritization
    • Learns your patterns and adjusts accordingly
    • Assistant Compatibility: Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings
  • Where to Buy: Amazon or the Ecobee Store


AC Spare Parts Dubai Smart Thermostat

  • Control it from anywhere
  • Room by room sensor prioritization
  • Automatically shuts off when your setpoint temperature is reached
  • Works with high voltage electric baseboard and fan forced heating systems
  • Assistant Compatibility: Google Home, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT
  • Where to Buy: Amazon, Kent stores, AC Spare Parts Dubai Store


How Important Are They?

If you’re just getting your feet wet with smart home automation, we recommend starting with a smart thermostat as they help save on utilities, can be easy to install yourself, and don’t require any regular maintenance or monitoring. Just set it and forget it – or have fun with all the extra smart options!

Add a home assistant to your house and you may begin to finally feel that space-age promise of complete reliance on robots. Managed by voice control, smart home assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple HomeKit’s Siri will listen for your commands throughout the house and automatically control your smart thermostat, play music, lock your doors, and just about anything else you teach it.

Early adopters to smart home automation should keep in mind that not all smart devices are compatible with all smart home assistants, so be sure you choose your assistant carefully. For example, if you’re considering the AC Spare Parts Dubai Smart Thermostat, you’ll want to be sure you choose the Google Home or Amazon Alexa smart assistant devices. Many devices, including AC Spare Parts Dubai can also be programmed with IFTTT.

Alexa by Amazon, Echo Devices


The Alexa voice assistant comes with any Amazon Echo device. When the device is on, simply call the name “Alexa” and give your command to adjust the temperature of
your smart thermostat, dim the lights, lock the doors, or control any other smart device connected to your Echo device. She can also search the internet for answers to questions, weather and traffic reports, and even learn new skills, including those you may develop yourself if you have the programming know-how. Find it on Amazon or by using the Alexa App.

Siri by Apple, Apple HomeKit


Siri is the voice assistant created by Apple and primarily found on iPhones, iPads, and Apple HomeKit. The Apple centric interface makes it possible to ask Siri to control smart home devices like lighting, fans, and smart thermostats. Once you’ve added your smart home devices to the
Apple HomeKit accessories menu, simply say, “Hey Siri” and give your command. The Apple HomeKit also makes it possible to set a scene controlling multiple devices with a single command. For example, you might set a “movietime scene” that dims the lights, turns surround sound speakers on, turns the A/C up, and locks the doors. Find the Homepod at the Apple Store or use HomeKit with any Apple device.

Google Home Assistant


Unlike the others, Google’s voice assistant simply goes by the name “Google”. The Google assistant can control all your 
compatible smart home devices and automations, Chromecast, sync with your Google Calendar to keep you running on schedule, play music, answer questions, and even play games. Just say, “Hey Google” and give your command. Find it on the Google Store or on an Android device.

Even if you just choose one other smart home device, we highly recommend adding on one of these hands-free home assistants to make your life easier. After all, it’s so much quicker to give a voice command than it is to find a remote or navigate to a dashboard manually.

 Did your mom have that annoying habit of always reminding you to turn the lights off before you left a room? We hate to say it, but she had good reason! In fact a whopping 25% of most home electricity bills are made up just of lighting expenses. Smart lighting provides a brighter future, making it possible to control individual and sets of lights by voice and automation, and even use a range of color to set unique moods and lighting that’s easier for tasks like reading and sewing. Creating customized lighting scenes makes it easy to get settled in for movie night, automatically dim lights at the end of the day, and even keep your lighting active, making it appear you’re home even when you’re not.

Smart lighting runs the gamut from CFL light bulbs that use 75% less energy and last 10x longer than traditional bulbs, LED light bulbs that use up to 80% less energy and last 25x longer, to smart light bulb automation that systematically reduces your overall lighting energy consumption. There are a wide range of options in light bulbs and automations to sense motion, dim lighting, and automatically change lighting patterns on a schedule or through voice assistant command. Most smart light bulbs and automation systems can be purchased on Amazon and through their individual company stores like Lutron, Philips, and Orro.

Smart light bulbs are a really easy upgrade to make to your home to save on electricity, automate your preferred lighting patterns, and create a more enjoyable atmosphere. Automated lighting removes the need to remember to turn the lights off by sensing your activity and adjusting lighting to fit your unique lifestyle. Now that’s smart!

According to an insurance study done in 2015, a surprisingly large, 23 million Americans had online shopping packages stolen right from their very own front porches before they returned home to bring them inside. Porch pirates have become an increasing problem as more and more people do their shopping online.

We all want our families and belongings to be safe and secure, but how much can you really do? Traditional door locks and expensive home security companies do a decent job, but smart home technology is knocking them out of the park through extensive options in customization and security features.

Smart home security cameras like Ring have taken the world by storm, giving homeowners a 24/7 visual of their own front porches. Homeowners absolutely love the ability to monitor package deliveries, dog walkers, and their children getting home from school and local authorities have even been able to catch porch pirates and burglars with the help of these DIY home security cameras. Some cameras even have voice capabilities to communicate to friends when they arrive on your doorstep and you’re running late or urge an unfriendly visitor to take a hike.

Smart door locks add a whole other level of security to your home by connecting the traditional function of a lock to your overall home security system. When a compatible smart lock is connected to your voice assistant, you can remotely secure your home without lifting a finger. In bed and think you forgot to lock the door? Just tell Alexa, Siri, or your Google Home assistant to do it for you! Door locks can also be added to your home automation to automatically lock doors after dinner and again when the last family member leaves the house to start their day. Smart door locks can be found on Amazon and on company websites like August and Nest.

Smart home security cameras and door locks are an excellent addition to any smart home automation system. We recommend placing them higher on your priority list if you live in a high crime area or if your neighbors have been victims of porch pirating.

Even appliances have gotten smarter! Everything from clothes washers and dryers to dishwashers and refrigerators have smart models available that not only reduce energy consumption, but can also automatically complete routine tasks.

Remotely start and stop your washing and drying cycles from your smartphone or voice assistant to take advantage of lower rates outside of peak hours, get notifications when detergents are running low, and when the machine needs maintenance. Smart refrigerators are truly a miracle for home cooks by making it possible to search recipes quickly, set and remind yourself of food expiration dates, automatically create grocery lists using inside cameras that detect when you’re running low on milk, and alert you when your water filter needs to be changed.

If you plan to use a smart appliance with a voice assistant, be sure to check the compatibility before making the investment. And definitely check in with your local municipality or a certified installer to see if smart appliance rebates are available. Most smart appliances can be purchased online or wherever appliances are sold.

Smart appliances are definitely one of the more expensive smart home upgrades, but they are more than worth it for the added convenience, efficiency, and energy savings.

Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to talk to all of you pet lovers and parents of young children.

Smart Pet Products

There is no shortage of smart home devices for our beloved furbabies. Probably one of the most useful to all pet parents are smart food and water dispensers. Smart feeders, like the Petnet, automatically dispense the assigned portion of food on a schedule to help keep your pet fed, on schedule, regardless of whether you’re home or not. These are incredibly beneficial if you tend to work late or if your furbaby has a habit of overeating from an endless bowl.

Smart collars are literally a lifesaving device to keep your pets and your neighbors safe. Products like the Wuf smart collar include GPS just in case your pet ever wanders off, health tracking, and can be synced with invisible fence technology to prevent your pet from crossing pre-set barriers either in your house or at the edge of the yard. You might also consider smart cameras, similar to baby monitors, that make it possible to see your pet and even interact with him/her when you’re not home.

Smart Baby Products

We certainly can’t promise smart devices will make your baby any smarter, but they will put you at ease about the all-encompassing challenge of caring for infants. Every new parent fears any number of issues from SIDS to whether baby is gaining weight at a normal and healthy rate. Smart devices are here to help!

Just about every baby registry includes some version of a baby monitor, including new smart baby monitors, like Evoz, that deliver clear images, swivel to get a better view of baby as he/she moves around in the crib, and will even alert you when baby begins to cry. Take monitoring to the next level with smart devices like the Owlet, a smart sock that baby wears to track pulse and heart rate and alert mom and dad if anything changes throughout the night.

Among the many many smart baby products available, Hatch is one of the most all-encompassing. The smart changing pad automatically takes baby’s weight each diaper change, lets you know baby is growing steadily, and even counts diaper changes to let you know baby’s digestive tract is in tip top shape.

Both smart pet and smart baby products provide a wealth of information and automated management to make caring for our loved ones just a little easier. It’s about time technology took the reigns and let us live more naturally!

Smart pet and baby products may not be for everyone (especially if you don’t have either), but for parents of furbabies and cuddly newborns, they are downright invaluable. Move this one to the top of your priority list if you care for pets or babies. Shop around; the options for smart devices are endless!

It’s no secret life is hard. Anyone who works, manages a household, and/or cares for children knows any trusted and reliable help is much appreciated. Smart home technology systematically manages routine tasks and is built to put your mind at ease, allowing you to finally focus on the more important things in life. If you thought it couldn’t get any better, smart home devices quite often actually save homeowners money by reducing utility consumption!

New to smart home automation? Start with a smart home assistant and a smart thermostat to reap the benefits of both convenience and cost savings right away! And, because smart tech, like a smart thermostat, is smart for the overall environment, many municipalities are happy to offer discounts, rebates, and/or incentives to homeowners that choose to upgrade. Contact your local government to inquire about available programs.

Already have a few smart home devices and ready to make a bigger impact? Consider adding a smart air quality control or smart pet/baby accessories to improve the quality of life for all your loved ones.

Regardless where you start, we bet you’ll love your upgrades to a smarter, automated life. Tell us about your smart home plans in the comments section below!

 

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