Advantech integrated its WISE-4050 wireless I/O modules, UNO-2473G embedded automation computer, and WebAccess/SCADA browser-based software to provide a solution platform that was easy to develop, configure, and deploy. Using this platform, IBCON was able to quickly design an innovative and cost-effective factory equipment monitoring system.
Advantech’s WISE-4050 features 4 digital input channels and 4 digital output channels and is currently the only wireless I/O module available on the market. The provision of wireless modules allows systems integrators to easily implement data collection without additional wiring, and enables flexible network expansion and upgrades. The modules also feature a data log function with RTC timestamps to ensure accurate transmissions without data loss.
Compared to conventional 4U industrial automation computers, Advantech’s UNO-2473G has a relatively small form factor, reducing the amount of space needed for installation. UNO-2473G also features a ruggedized fanless design, wide operating temperature (-20 ~ 60 °C), and rapid heat dissipation capabilities, making it suitable for operation in harsh industrial environments.
Advantech’s WebAccess/SCADA software platform is a 100% web-based solution equipped with rich libraries and development tools for designing unique animated graphics displays, real-time data graphs, and data/alarm log reports. An HTML5-based user interface and an intelligent dashboard are also provided to facilitate cross-platform/cross-browser data analysis for intelligent management functions, such as scheduling control and trend analysis. Because the WebAccess/SCADA platform acts as a web server and can support up to 1,024 client devices without additional licensing, users can access the platform remotely via any browser or mobile device.
For IBCON’s factory equipment monitoring system, the WISE-4050 modules were configured to wirelessly collect digital signals from the machine indicator lights and transmit the data to the UNO-2473G computer installed with WebAccess/SCADA software. Managers could then access the machine data from any location and at any time to conduct real-time monitoring and centralized management. Furthermore, in the event of an alarm, the system was configured to automatically notify the appropriate staff.