Increasing availability by minimizing downtime as well as accounting billing data has been the starting point for the need to collect washer data and plant data and transfer the data to the cloud.
The aim was to realize both predictive maintenance and immediate access to the system and billing data at any time with the aim of increasing the profitability of plant operation.
Various control generations had to be taken into account when connecting the system. The coupling had to be done with different hardware and software interfaces. The coupling to the cloud was also different from the on-site conditions.
Particular attention was to be paid to the fact that the same hardware platform can be used both for the control connection and for the internet connection. At the same time, however, the IoT gateway had to be tailored precisely to the interface requirements of the various controllers in order to achieve an optimum cost profile for the equipment of the systems.
The connection to the control takes place via a CAN bus interface as well as an RS232 Modbus interface. The connection to the cloud takes place with network availability via the LAN interface. In cases where a LAN connection is not possible, the connection is made via the cellular network in 3G / 4G technology. Optimum reception conditions are ensured by the externally connectable antenna.
The connection to the portal software via cloud connection was made possible by the full programmability of the Linux platform of the Axotec IoT Gateway flexibly and in a short time.
The Axotec IoT Gateways can be delivered pre-configured and tested ready for operation. This avoids further entrance checks and thus further saves costs. The prerequisite for this is the highest quality standard in connection with specific pre-configuration of the system.