Garmat USA introduces GarmatConnect

Nov. 1, 2023
Data-driven system manages energy consumption and booth usage to help control shop costs and increase productivity.

Garmat® USA has introduced a data-driven system for measuring performance and accurately costing jobs and help manage energy and booth utilization-- two critical factors in managing shop costs and productivity, according to the company in a press release.

The GarmatConnect connected control system features a monitor that displays an easy-to-understand dashboard, where an owner can effectively view all connected booths in their shop, or across multiple shops, and drill into any one booth for very detailed information. With a direct connection into the paint booth with programmable logic controls, one can troubleshoot or update software on new or existing Garmat units. This will allow Garmat to assist distributors and customers with access to information without having a tech onsite, and to also update firmware or software on the units remotely. According to the company, GarmatConnect can help owners capture data critical to smart management decisions, but can also quantify items like gas usage, an expensive item for most shops, that often times can be reimbursed as part of the repair order.“

Only six percent of repair centers quantify their gas usage, and they get paid for it,” said Johan Huwaert, CEO of Garmat USA. “If you can’t quantify the cost, that is a missed opportunity. And that is just one of the many benefits of the new Garmat connected control system.”The phase one launch of GarmatConnect showcases a robust portfolio of monitoring capabilities including:

  • Booth Cycle temperature and duration: This allows the manager to see how each painter at each shop is running the booth and measure consistency across their fleet for best practice in usage, saving both time and money.
  • Booth Status: Managers can view each of their booths live to see if it is running and which part of the cycle it is in to better manage production flow and capacity.
  • Alerts: Active and historical counts. This will allow users to see if the booth is in an active fault state and what that fault is. It will also allow the users to see historical alerts and determine if something deserves maintenance, a service call or additional attention. This helps reduce downtime and workflow interruptions.
  • Filter life notification: Schedule filter replacement before they reach the end of their usability, and receive alerts for past due replacement, reducing workflow interruption.
  • Operational statistics/performance, including energy usage (BTU and KWH) for gas and electricity, historical cycle data and averages enabling better cost control and savings.

Phase two of the Garmat Connected Control System will deliver Predictive Monitoring, interpreting the data being collected and alerting the user for recommended maintenance, service or attention needed. Phase three is Prescriptive. This will allow for customers to move beyond booth monitoring and will consolidate data across their organization to provide useful operational efficiency data to help drive process change and improve the customer’s operations. Stop by booth #32077 at the SEMA Show.    

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