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IoT Gateways and Solutions

Hitex Industrial Automation offers a complete range of IIoT and IoT solutions - whether you simply want to plug a solution in or build your own from scratch, we can help. Our team are able to get your factory Industry 4.0 ready with relatively low investment, avoiding the need for Capex sign-off.

IoT Software

edgeConnector: container applications enabling integration of production into a comprehensive Industry 4.0 environment

Clever data management:
Resource-saving and universally deployable applications on heterogeneous computing platforms offer new worlds for Industry 4.0 in terms of industrial data. Container applications, which are small software modules providing a narrowly defined functionality, are one example of clever data management in the automation world. Softing has launched a new product family that uses container technology for Siemens and Modbus controllers.

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As mentioned earlier, container applications are software modules with a precisely defined functionality that allow new deployment options delivering numerous benefits for automation technology. Benefits are the low-resource, universal application running on different computer platforms or the practical isolation, encapsulation and portability of software. What makes this approach so special is that containers operate like a kind of virtual machine that contains all the required components. This means that they can run independently of any external components and the existing environment. If several container applications are used on one hardware platform, they share the operating system and, if necessary, certain hardware resources, while being completely separate from each other and from the system as such. This ensures that a container application always behaves identically, regardless of the environment in which it is executed.

Once downloaded, container applications can be deployed within seconds using a single command line and at production level offer the advantage of enabling easy central administration. This can be done either on-premise using a device management system (DMS) or in a cloud setting (e.g Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, AWS IoT Greengrass), and as machine workloads change, the workload can be distributed across multiple container applications. 

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IoT and IIoT Gateways

DEX-100 Data Extractor: Migrate legacy-PC data via scalable, intuitive operation

  • Unifies legacy equipment protocols to a standard and scalable interface via VGA/DVI output
  • Non-intrusive metrology retaining original equipment stability
  • Customized operation screen enhances, clearly identifying production information
  • Intuitive script generation for customized requirements, speeding up deployment

As mentioned earlier, container applications are software modules with a precisely defined functionality that allow new deployment options delivering numerous benefits for automation technology. Benefits are the low-resource, universal application running on different computer platforms or the practical isolation, encapsulation and portability of software. What makes this approach so special is that containers operate like a kind of virtual machine that contains all the required components. This means that they can run independently of any external components and the existing environment. If several container applications are used on one hardware platform, they share the operating system and, if necessary, certain hardware resources, while being completely separate from each other and from the system as such. This ensures that a container application always behaves identically, regardless of the environment in which it is executed.

Once downloaded, container applications can be deployed within seconds using a single command line and at production level offer the advantage of enabling easy central administration. This can be done either on-premise using a device management system (DMS) or in a cloud setting (e.g Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, AWS IoT Greengrass), and as machine workloads change, the workload can be distributed across multiple container applications. 

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OPC UA Server Gateway for Siemens SINUMERIK 840D Controllers (uaGate 840D)

OPC UA Server Gateway for Siemens SINUMERIK 840D sl/pl Controllers

  • Data Collection From Siemens SINUMERIK Controllers for Condition Monitoring
  • Further Data Processing in Applications via OPC UA or MQTT Interface
  • Easy and Secure OPC UA Retrofit for Existing and New Numeric Controllers

The gateway allows reading the complete SINUMERIK 840D machine tool data from Solutione Line and Power Line models. It provides access to the NC part with its axis, tool, program and drive data as well as specific alarms. In addition, a connection to the integrated SIMATIC Siemens S7-300 can be established. The data from both connections are available via the OPC UA and MQTT interfaces and thus can be used for various Industrie 4.0 applications.

GAA-YX-145144    uaGate 840D

OPC UA Server Gateway with MQTT Connectivity for S7 Controllers (uaGate SI)

Gateway for OPC UA and MQTT Communication Upgrade of Siemens Retrofit Plants

  • Integration of Modern OPC UA Communication Functionality
  • Easy Integration with Siemens PLCs
  • Usage of High Security Standards for Protecting Transferred Data

uaGate SI is a compact gateway for industrial use providing convenient and secure data connectivity without the need for a PC. It integrates data from SIMATIC S7-300, S7-400, S7-1200 and S7-1500 PLCs via OPC UA into higher-level management software such as ERP, MES or SCADA of new or existing installations. Using the MQTT Publisher functionality, these data can be integrated into IoT cloud applications.

GAA-DX-145111    dataFEED uaGate SI

OPC UA and MQTT gateway for communication to Modbus TCP PLCs  (uaGate MB)

Gateway for OPC UA and MQTT Communication Access to Modbus TCP PLCs

Access to Data in Modbus PLCs from OPC UA Applications

  • Access to Modbus controllers, e.g. from Schneider Electric, Wago, Beckhoff, Phoenix Contact, etc.
  • Integration of higher-level management systems like ERP, MES or SCADA using integrated OPC UA Server providing open, platform-independent and market-proven communication
  • Easy local and global access to field data and routing through firewalls
  • Especially dedicated to retrofit upgrades, thus protecting former investments
  • No need for software updates, operating system patches and PC updates resulting in years of failure-free operation
  • Minimal PLC programming for register setup required
  • No dedicated PC required
  • PLC Project Data Available for Further Processing
  • Industry-proven Security

TH LINK PROFIBUS provides controller-independent access to PROFIBUS networks for plant operation and maintenance staff. The tool supports both network diagnostics applications and plant asset management applications. TH LINK PROFIBUS is easy to use and can be integrated without interfering with the operation of existing installations.

GAA-YE-145133    uaGate MB

Reliable connectivity of Siemens and Modbus PLCs to IoT hubs from cloud vendors (edgeGate)

Connection of IoT Hubs from Different Vendors With Siemens and Modbus PLCs

  • Adjustable topic settings for MQTT payload according application requirements
  • Chance for analytics, storage, computing applications in cloud solutions from different vendors
  • Integration of OPC UA and MQTT client applications running on-premise as well as in private and public clouds
  • Worldwide remote access to field data
  • Suited to new applications such as IoT or analytics functionality while dedicated to retrofit upgrades
  • No PLC programming necessary
  • Symbol import from STEP 7 and TIA Portal projects
  • No software updates, operating system patches and PC updates required
  • Comprehensive Integration with Microsoft Azure Applications
  • Industry-proven Security

GAA-YY-145122    edgeGate

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