All posts by Thomas Holthöfer

23 Mar 2018

MICA.network at HANNOVER MESSE 2018

The network showcases solutions for machine data pooling and ERP applications based around the MICA® Edge Computing System on the HARTING stand (hall 11/C15) at this year‘s HANNOVER MESSE. The “last mile” – access to process data from the shop floor – is often the biggest hurdle for Industry 4.0 concepts. Network partners can provide the right kind of solution expertise through cooperative projects.

Assystem uses a demonstrator to show how data science and machine learning can be used to identify new connections and optimise operating processes, thereby reducing production costs. Machines communicate with each other, accessing internal and external data. In doing this, Assystem is able to demonstrate its huge depth of experience in the field of M2M communication with OPC/UA. The Assystem solution is a flexible system that works independently of the manufacturer‘s automation technology and can be retro-fitted to existing plant.

Machine data for a transparent value creation chain

SDI Innovation introduces its new Bluebox.SDI software tool for the monitoring, visualisation and analysis of actual and target conditions for production equipment such as CNC processing tools, injection moulding machines and production lines. The tool features pre-built applications such as TPM, OEE calculations and trend analysis. When installed on a MICA®, Bluebox.SDI can be deployed in a production system quickly and easily in decentralised mode. Dashboards with display, entry and selection options also make the solution ideal for fitting to assembly plates.

The SIEVERS GROUP also presents an IoT solution HANNOVER MESSE that has been developed with HARTING. Users can use it to link machine data with other information throughout the production process. MICA® captures the operating data from individual machines and equipment. The SIEVERS GROUP combines this with ERP and business intelligence applications.

Processing digital and analogue sensor values in real time

“From sensor to cloud” is this year’s headline theme from akquinet. The Hamburg based company is on the HARTING stand, using transparent applications to demonstrate how digital retrofits can be carried out with MICA®, modern sensor technology and open source solutions. akquinet uses the new CISS sensor from Bosch, which records physical factors such as temperature, humidity, vibration and incline. This is offered as an Industrial IoT kit alongside MICA® from HARTING. With the addition of analysis and visualisation services from akquinet, machine operators can implement efficient, comprehensive condition monitoring across different machinery already in place.

Trade visitors can also explore another application – where MICA® converts analogue signals from an angle transmitter into digital condition monitoring. akquinet uses MICA® with an IO Gateway function circuit board from DWave for this. The Italian hardware specialist is one of the latest partners to join the MICA.network. DWave’s special function circuit board for modular hardware processes analogue and digital signals in real time.

HARTING also introduces a Modbus RTU based solution for monitoring wear in automobile production. The sensor unit provided by MICA.network partner Forms Media records and monitors vibrations and three-dimensional movement in slowly rotating and moving objects. This solution can also be combined with the new MICA® Wireless. Sensor data can be transmitted via WLAN or mobile telephony for intralogistics applications, for example. HARTING also exhibits a MICA® version for IO link developed in collaboration with TEConcept.

“Tapping” Industrial Ethernet communications

A HARTING collaboration with the German Research Center for Artifical Intelligence (DFKI) shows how accurately machine data can be logged with the example of a MICA® based PROFINET sniffer. Any automated industrial system with SPS and the Industrial Ethernet Standard PROFINET can be passively “tapped” with it. The existing process is not interfered with at all. By “tapping” the communications with MICA®, all exchanged data (e.g. sensor values and actuators) can be made available to Industry 4.0 applications via open standards such as MQTT and OPC UA.

07 Dec 2017

Edge Computer MICA Integrates Wireless Sensors

MICA Wireless Sensor Network

HARTING has teamed with Arrow Electronics in developing a new MICA Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) solution that adds wireless communications functionality to the machine-monitoring system. Arrow developed a module that communicates with sensors through various wireless protocols including DUST/SmartmeshIP, Zigbee, BLE, Sub-GHz, and LoRa.

With the additional module, HARTING MICA is now able to capture and process data through SmartMESH IP (DUST), Bluetooth Low Energy and a XBee slot, regardless of the existing machine control.

These transmission protocols have been selected to provide a variety of ways for wireless sensors to connect with HARTING MICA, either directly or through sensor nodes. The combination of wireless sensors and MICA allows simple and cost-efficient monitoring of existing machinery (condition monitoring). Data such as operating times, temperatures and numerous ambient parameters can be determined and monitored without a need to invest in cables, network or expensive industrial sensors. Especially SmartmeshIP matches perfectly with requirements coming from harsh conditions in industrial environments. It was explicitly designed with a focus on maximum robustness.

Furthermore Arrow offers a wide range of suitable sensors with Low Power Wireless technology. E.g. Arrow’s supplier Vicotee offers SmartmeshIP based sensor nodes which can be equipped with various sensors. Arrow also offers various cloud platforms and Iot Device Management called “Arrow Connect”.

Arrow is a member of the MICA.network. This network helps to connect specialized partners in order to implement IIoT projects (Industrial Internet of Things) quickly and easily.

21 Aug 2017

Blogger Peter Oakes to test MICA

Peter Oakes is a technical blogger living in Canada. With his YouTube channel he offers “a place to learn new things related to electronics, test and measurement and programming of micro-controllers” to more than 15000 subscribers. In this video he puts MICA to the acid test.

 
02 Mar 2017

MICA certified for “Microsoft Azure for IoT“

HARTING MICA® zertifiziert für Microsoft Azure for IoT

Microsoft’s certification process places certain demands on end devices which work with Microsoft Azure services. As a result, the MICA went through a series of tests provided by Microsoft in order to evaluate the functionality of the hardware. The results validated by Microsoft mean MICA meets the requirements of the “Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT” programme.

The “Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT” programme is also intended to help speed up IoT projects with Azure by providing a set of available sensors and devices that are tested for usability and compatibility with the Azure IoT Suite. 
More information can be found on www.azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/marketplace/certified-iot-partners/.

With Azure, Microsoft provides a collection of integrated Cloud services to create, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of data centres.