SmartConnect is an edge computing device installed at your premises to interface with your machine. It can capture data, either from your machine’s PLC/PAC (Programmable Logic/Automation Controller), or from digital and analog sensors. SmartConnect supports PLCs from most manufacturers including Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Schneider Electric and Omron. In fact, any PLC with an Ethernet or serial port is ready to interface with SmartConnect. This means your machine can be made IoT ready without having to upgrade the controller or rewrite code. SmartConnect can acquire data from OPC servers or can even run an OPC server if required.
Some machines generate voluminous amounts of data at high speed. Not all of that data need to be transmitted to the cloud. SmartConnect filters and processes data at the edge, so that only what is required for further processing is uploaded to the cloud. This greatly reduces network congestion. SmartConnect understands commonly used industrial protocols, such as Modbus and Profinet, as well as protocols of the Internet such as MQTT and HTTPS. Thus it works as a gateway between the factory and the digital world. Your data is encrypted before being sent to the cloud. The programs running on SmartConnect can be updated remotely from the cloud. No field visits are required for software upgrades.
SmartConnect comes in three out-of-the-box variants: SC1500, SC2500 and SC3500. These variants have different processing, storage and HMI capabilities. We will help you choose the one most suited for you, based on your edge-computing and offline storage requirements. All devices are industry-grade and designed to operate under shop-floor conditions. However, if you have custom requirements, like a different form factor or a rugged outdoor version, our Hardware Design team can work with your machine builders to come up with a bespoke version.