Sim­ple path to in­dus­trie 4.0

- en­abled process tech­nol­ogy us­ing IoT edge de­vice

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH - DE­TAILS, NEIL PEARCE, E:MAIL [email protected]­HOFF.CO.NZ

Mod­ern sys­tem con­cepts tai­lored to In­dus­trie 4.0 or the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) of­fer nu­mer­ous ad­van­tages in terms of process ef­fi­ciency, costs and qual­ity. The ul­tra- com­pact C6015 In­dus­trial PC (IPC) is the ideal space-sav­ing, high- per­for­mance IoT edge de­vice to fully utilise these ad­van­tages for new and le­gacy sys­tems in the process in­dus­tries.

By in­te­grat­ing com­pre­hen­sive IoT and an­a­lyt­ics func­tion­al­ity, PC-based con­trol tech­nol­ogy opens up a wealth of op­tions to op­ti­mise pro­duc­tion. Sys­tem con­sis­tency in the con­trol plat­form en­sures sim­ple im­ple­men­ta­tion and high trans­parency:

• A univer­sal port­fo­lio of com­po­nents for ex­plo­sion pro­tec­tion, in­clud­ing the ELX se­ries EtherCAT Ter­mi­nals, en­ables end-to-end au­to­ma­tion of even large and com­plex pro­cess­ing plants.

• The TwinCAT soft­ware plat­form of­fers spe­cific in­ter­faces and li­braries for process tech­nol­ogy, and en­ables con­ve­nient cloud in­te­gra­tion via TwinCAT IoT and data anal­y­sis via TwinCAT An­a­lyt­ics in per­fect syn­chro­ni­sa­tion with con­trol cy­cles.

• A high-per­for­mance IoT edge de­vice is avail­able in the form of the C6015 ul­tra-com­pact IPC, a uni­ver­sally suitable ma­chine con­trol plat­form.


Mea­sur­ing just 82 x 82 x 40 mm, the ex­cep­tion­ally com­pact C6015 IPC with multi-core tech­nol­ogy can be flex­i­bly in­stalled even in highly con­fined spa­ces. Equipped with an In­tel Atom pro­ces­sor of­fer­ing up to four CPU cores, the C6015 pro­vides suf­fi­cient pro­cess­ing power for sim­ple col­lec­tion, pro­cess­ing and pro­vi­sion of process data and for the more com­plex tasks re­quired of a mod­ern IoT gate­way. The Mi­crosoft Azure cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the C6015 un­der­scores that the de­vice is ideal for state-of-theart In­dus­trie 4.0 ap­pli­ca­tions.

The C6015 is pre­des­tined for such com­mu­ni­ca­tion tasks es­pe­cially when retrofitting and con­nect­ing le­gacy sys­tems. Ex­ist­ing process tech­nol­ogy sys­tems can be eas­ily equipped with ad­di­tional IoT ca­pa­bil­i­ties us­ing this IoT edge de­vice or they can be read­ied to meet fu­ture com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­quire­ments. In this way, op­er­a­tors of process tech­nol­ogy sys­tems gain ac­cess to the full wealth of IoT and an­a­lyt­ics so­lu­tions sup­ported by Beck­hoff tech­nol­ogy, re­gard­less of the au­to­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy used – be it PC-based con­trol or third-party con­trol plat­forms. This re­duces pro­duc­tion costs, op­ti­mises prod­uct qual­ity and im­proves the overview and trans­parency of all process work­flows. In ad­di­tion, sys­tem avail­abil­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity can be in­creased and cloud-based ser­vices used, for ex­am­ple, to im­ple­ment pre­dic­tive main­te­nance.

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