Industry has for a long time been using traditional data gathering systems through programmable automatons. These solutions were developed with the goal of providing tools to control and automatically pilot production lines. Thingsplay reverses the process of this approach. We offer non-invasive, non-intrusive, low-cost solutions which are superimposed on existing solutions to take measurements either directly from the automatons or by adding one or more sensor on installation.
It is not in fact necessary to invest the same means to pilot a line or to measure several points. Our approach is thus more agile and more Industry 4.0 oriented. It enables one to adapt easily and simply to the changing needs of decision makers.
To do so we use 3 technologies which enable the gathering of all types of data:
Our 3 technologies :
Solution n°1 : M-Bus Wifi Gateway.
-The application of the Thingsplay IOT2 card. Designed by us, this electronic card allows a great variety of analogue and digital sensors to be connected. 3 types of zone can be distinguished. The first permits the integration of every type of sensor, including the most developed and the serial communication cards, modbus and M-Bus. The microcontroller element, based on Atmel, allows us to meet the needs of local processing, and, finally, the communication element opens the doors to WiFi, Lora, GPRS and RFL networks, depending on the specific requirements. Its simplified design allows ‘low-cost’ markets to be targeted, which are otherwise inaccessible with other solutions. We have placed the emphasis on simplicity, effectiveness and reliability.
Solution n°2 : Acquisition « Temps réel » d’automates.
- Our partner MyScadaTechnologies allows us to connect no matter what programmable automaton in a very simple way and to send the data to our MQTT server. The ‘Scada’ type solution opens the doors of automaton connectivity in using all the automated drivers grouped under MyScada. This solution, in addition to providing a complete graphic interface, above all enables a secure communication solution to be developed on Java. The routines integrated into the solution enable several hundreds of data types originating in the automatons to be transferred to our MQTT servers in record time. The development of MyScadaTechnologies allows us to envisage many evolutions in the world of automata. They share with us the concepts of simplicity, effectiveness and reliability.
Solution n°3 : Solutions logicielles.
- Finally, we have developed several routines in different programming languages. These routines facilitate the acquisition of information either from other data servers or directly from the databases available. In fact it is quite common to find, in industrial environments, numerous data available in several forms; either on relational databases, on web pages or in flat files, or simply in other applications. Our now standardised routines enable Web Services to be accessed and the APIs of the available applications to be used. The routines are bidirectional. We are thus in a position to both ‘populate’ the databases or to transmit the information read to our MQTT servers and to consolidate the databases of our clients.