Advantech's private cloud platform system is an edge-to-cloud total solution. It integrates both software and hardware products, including an intelligent box computer edge device, WISE-PaaS/RMM remote device monitoring and management software, WISE-PaaS/EnSaaS platform for IoT cloud services, WISE-PaaS/Dashboard data visualization tool, and WISE-PaaS/OTA for remote software update management.
On the ground, the smart box computer connects to vibration sensors to collect equipment data in the cold-rolled workshop, and then uploads it to the cloud database. In the cloud, the platform created by WISE-PaaS/EnSaaS integrates with hundreds of smart boxes and provides information to the app designed for users. WebAccess/SCADA and WISE-PaaS/RMM are responsible for monitoring and managing all equipment and devices in the private cloud, and WISE-PaaS/Dashboard and WISE-PaaS/OTA facilitate system maintenance and management.
The new equipment monitoring and diagnosis cloud platform system is highly scalable and stable because it is built on Advantech's WISE-PaaS platform. WISE-PaaS not only provides a wealth of functions and services enabling users to have plenty of flexibility for future functional development, but also offers multiple package options allowing users to select an appropriate server, memory, and database according to actual application requirements. Users can purchase additional items at a later date as their needs change. WISE-PaaS provides backup configuration and failure mechanisms so for example, the primary database and secondary database configured by the system are in synchronization at any time. If a node gets damaged, the system will start a new node and re-synchronize the database to ensure data consistency for stable system operation.
WISE-PaaS/EnSaaS is a platform for delivering IoT cloud services. It supports various databases such as InfluxDB, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL, and machine learning analysis tools R, Python, TensorFlow, and Caffe, plus RESTful APIs and Node-RED. Such features allowed engineers at the steel company to easily design monitoring and management apps and establish predictive models for big data analysis in order to realize real-time monitoring and preventive diagnosis of equipment.
WebAccess/SCADA and WISE-PaaS/RMM centrally manage equipment and devices at the ground and edge. While equipment vibration status in the cold-rolled workshop and status of the data acquisition/edge devices could be faithfully displayed on the monitoring screen. WebAccess/SCADA and WISE-PaaS/RMM will also actively broadcast warning messages when abnormal events occur and notify equipment maintenance staff via email and SMS.
In terms of data visualization, users can create their own dashboards by using the WISE-PaaS/Dashboard tool to visually present data in the WISE-PaaS platform database. Through various high readability charts, management staff at the steel company could clearly grasp the operating status of any edge device, abnormal alarms, prediction models, and more. WISE-PaaS/OTA remote update service enabled the company to easily deploy predictive models to the designated edge so administrators could easily complete update tasks without going to the site in person.
Smart Boxes are intelligent edge devices that integrate a PCIE-1802 data acquisition card into the MIC-7500 industrial computer for data acquisition at the edge and operations processing on the ground. In addition to obtaining equipment vibration data through the PCI Express data acquisition card, the system also made good use of MIC-7500’s high performance to perform predictive maintenance. For instance, pre-installing smart boxes to run edge-side inference can accelerate the reaction of abnormal events. Or, utilizing smart boxes to train individual equipment helps find where improvements need to be made.