Starter Kits Give Machine Shops Easy Entrance to IoT
Harting is making it easy to implement Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions with three new starter kits.
Harting is making it easy to implement Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions with three new starter kits. Each kit contains all of the necessary hardware and software for a basic application, with the intention of reducing the risk and guesswork for companies looking to embrace IIoT.
The first kit is the Mica CISS Complete IIoT Starter Kit for a basic condition-monitoring application. It comes with a sensor that can measure seven different parameters including vibrations, acoustics, temperature, humidity and more. The sensor is connected to the Mica, the edge-computing device that processes, computes and visualizes all the data from the sensor. The Mica comes with pre-installed software that includes an easy-to-use dashboard that shows all of the sensor readouts.
The Mica RF-R300 Complete RFID Starter Kit contains everything needed for a basic RFID asset tracking application: industrial RFID tags, the Mica RF-R300 reader, two antennas and all required cabling. The Mica comes with a pre-installed demo version of Harting’s certified Ha-VIS Middleware, which translates the raw RFID signals formats into modern software protocols.
The third kit is the Mica Basic Ethernet Starter Kit. This one is ideal for connecting peripheral devices through Ethernet using communications protocols such as Modbus-TCP or OPC UA. The kit contains all of the cabling required to get started and a basic version of the Mica and software. As with the other two starter kits, this one comes with Fast-Ethernet capabilities, eight digital GPIO ports, and the ability to be powered over PoE or 12 V/24 V.
MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices “to speak MTConnect,” and agents enable MTConnect messages and data files to be transmitted across a network to MTConnect-compatible applications.
An introduction to the standards, decision-making, training, cybersecurity, sensors, machine monitoring and cloud computing that make up the IIoT.
A database guru combined off-the-shelf technology with an elaborate proprietary shop management software to drive efficiency throughout all areas of a machine shop.