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Collect data.
Remotely. Wirelessly.

Today, effective maintenance, process control and production planning, as well as production optimisation, is not possible without collecting technological and production data. Are you about to embark on your data acquisition journey? What is important is to start with collecting data from control systems and to analyse it correctly.

But, what if data sources are hard to access and you need to collect data from:

  • Remote sites where it is impossible to build networks, be it in a manufacturing plant or in an outdoor location
  • Moving objects, such as robotic arms, conveyors and cars
  • An environment that does not provide any data – there are currently no systems in place to monitor values and there is no infrastructure
  • Sites where building networks would be too expensive
  • Control systems whose data has to be accessible to several different applications and/or people across the plant and/or the world

Each of the situations above calls for wireless technology. It enables you to securely collect field data and transfer it to the cloud. This data can further be sent to higher-level systems, for example MES, databases and visualisation applications.

How to Go About It

Wireless battery-powered sensors

Offering fast, easy setup, Monnit ALTA sensors enable you to collect a wide range of information. They monitor temperature, humidity, electric power consumption, air quality, the presence of water, light intensity and more. Monnit ALTA sensors are suitable for slower processes, as the fastest that they can collect data is one second and the shortest possible interval for transferring data to the gateway is 10 minutes. Setting the sensors to longer data collection and transfer intervals extends the lifetime of their batteries, for up to several years. Data from the sensors is further transferred, by the gateway, to the iMonnit Online Wireless Sensors Portal, which displays it through dashboards and visualisations.

Wireless PLC data collection

Although Ewon routers are primarily designed for remote access to common control systems, the advanced Ewon Flexy 205 can also collect data from these systems, providing the user with access to it through the Talk2M cloud platform. As the router acts both as OPC UA server and OPC UA client, it standardises control system data by converting it, using the communication protocol that many higher-level systems, including KEPServerEX and OPC Router, understand.

Multipurpose sensors for control cabinets

For monitoring fast processes, such as supply voltage fluctuations, we have developed wireless sensors called FIOT Sensors. Intended for installation in control cabinets, they monitor 24 V DC quality, temperatures, tilt and analogue and digital input values. These sensors detect even the slightest deviations from the norm, as they take 8,000 supply voltage measurements per second and every 5 seconds send the maximum, minimum and mean values to the gateway.

This data is then available to the user through the gateway's own web visualisation and via other applications that support the Modbus TCP protocol.

Learn how to collect data wirelessly

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