Forges are a difficult environment for most electronics. Due to the nature of the work, the plants are dirty and the equipment is often old and not equipped to connect with new information technologies. Plus, devices that rely on RF (radio frequency) communication re often affected by the induction furnaces. Devices such as:
- Cellphones & walkie-talkies
- BlueTooth & wifi
- IoT & industrial sensors
Induction furnaces radiate not only heat but RF energy which can interfere with nearby RF communication devices. Though frequencies emitted by induction furnaces are below the 2.4Ghz range, 2 or more induction ovens operating in proximity may still interfere with nearby RF equipment operating at higher frequencies.
Legacy machines can also pose a challenge, as they may still be productive and effective, but their outdated controls make them hard to connect to data collection systems. Their size also makes them challenging to replace, whereas upgrading the control systems would be expensive.