I/O modules connect machines to IT systems
At last week’s SPS Drives, TE Connectivity introduced the IoT OmniGate I/O module to set up a communication path from the machine to the cloud without impairing the performance of the control network. Information from sensors and actuators can be captured, filtered, prepared and then transferred to IT systems for IoT and industry 4.0 applications.
According to the company, a wealth of data is generated at field level, but it is often not possible to extract and read it all. It says that controllers process, on average, only around five per cent of the total volume of information available. For example, to improve productivity with machine downtime reduction through predictive maintenance, a variety of data must be made accessible, requiring a bridge between automation technology and the IT world.
The IoT OmniGate I/O module is an edge computing device which reads, processes and forwards the data in a uniform data model, to be processed immediately in IT systems. Since I/O modules already exist in machines, they are easy to replace with this new smart version, says the company, creating a simple upgrade for older machines, says the company.
The module allows scalable access to all native sensor and actuator data, while ensuring high relevance of the forwarded data volume for applicable IoT requirements. Process data is forwarded to the controller, and cloud administration and data management store the data.