Ruwac Case Studie Video

Predictive Maintenance & Retrofit

IoT enables predictive maintenance for industrial vacuum cleaners. Retrofitting of existing devices was also a prerequisite for the development of the IoT solution as well as the integration of the technology in new vacuum cleaners.

Digital Twins for Ruwac Industrial Vacuum Cleaners

Ruwac Industrial Vacuum Cleaners are involved in the vacuuming of all kinds of goods. Whether flammable, explosive or inert, solid or liquid, chips or dust – Ruwac vacuums everything.

Filters that are too heavily stressed restrict the suction power. If the vacuumed material is left behind it can cause dangerous situations. The suction power no longer meets the expected quality.

The digitalisation of vacuum cleaners makes predictive maintenance possible. Ruwac industrial vacuum cleaners are represented in 20 countries in Europe, America and Asia. Service intervals are optimized with the help of the data collected. Ruwac is also able to gain a better insight into how the vacuum cleaners behave when handling different materials. The lessons learned are used to optimise the vacuum cleaners and provide customers with even better advice.

Customers can use an app to view the current operating status, operating time, filter load and differential pressure.

Ruwac App - The customer has all relevant information at a glance.
Quote Christian Mithöfer from Ruwac

The cooperation

Microtronics oversaw the technical implementation and developed the built-in module together with Ruwac. During development it was important that the solution could be retrofitted in older vacuum cleaners, for example from the 1980s, so that they could have digital twins too.

IoT is always an interdisciplinary project. Ruwac was aware of this from the very beginning. So, the workshop with Microtronics was attended by employees from research and development, production, but also marketing and sales. This approach considered not only the technology, but also the market and its future development.

Hardware of the IoT solution for Ruwac Indsturial Vacuum Cleaners