Improving equipment lifecycle management with cloud solutions
MICA used to provide a robust and compact industrial grade solution to connect machines to Cloud environment. Using MICA as a gateway enables machine vendors to monitor the delivered equipment online and support customers better.
Monitoring machine performance
Collecting machine and operation data like alarms, status, throughput and quality related process data from the equipment into the cloud is already possible during the commissioning period of the machine. The acceptance procedure of the machine follows a well-documented process and can be completed faster because all relevant machine data is available including latest documentation and digitized checklists to guide commissioning operations.
Automatic software and firmware distribution
A system for distributing software updates is implemented to support continuous development and integration of new software functions. Updates are prepared and tagged with a version-number before releasing it to the automatic distribution process. The updates are downloaded to MICA. A final approval by the equipment owner at the machine starts the software installation.
Solution for equipment lifecycle management
A direct connection via the MICA gateway generates additional value for the customer and vendor of the machine during the whole lifecycle of the equipment. New business models for preventive maintenance, remote diagnostics or spare parts management can be implemented.