- July 14, 2017
- Moxa Technologies Inc
July 14, 2017 -- Moxa is helping meet Industry 4.0's demand for heightened visibility by launching the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O, an enterprise-scale solution that integrates a RS-232/422/485 serial device server, a Wi-Fi client/bridge, and multiple digital I/O's into a single device. Deploying the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O is designed to empower plant managers to wirelessly connect machinery to an IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n network for the collection, remote monitoring, and analyzing of real-time visual insights on machine performance.
In addition, its multiple digital I/O's make the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O suitable for industrial data acquisition. Also, because it supports baudrates between 50 and 921.6 kbps, the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O ensures connectivity to a range of devices.
To underscore the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O, Wacker gave the example of legacy serial CNC machines. These older, capital-extensive machines are rarely connected to a plant's network, leaving plant managers in the dark as to production status. Using the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O, however, CNC machines can be actively monitored to acquire data via Ethernet and/or wireless communications. Wacker also provided the example of installing the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O as a value-added service in a large parking lot. Detectors built into the back of individual parking spaces could be wirelessly read by the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O to let the head office know which parking spaces are taken and which are open. Available spaces can be displayed on a screen at parking lot entrances to assist drivers and improve customer satisfaction.
Overall Equipment Effectiveness or "OEE" is a key operational metric that helps plant managers monitor the performance of particular machines or production lines. Despite the numerous gains realized through Industry 4.0 technology, OEE remains stagnant at 60 percent or less for the majority of global manufacturers. The NPort IAW5000A-6I/O can help boost underperforming OEE by providing real-time visibility into machine status.
With the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O, all three critical functions -- RS-232/422/485 serial device server, Wi-Fi client/bridge and digital I/O -- are integrated. Additionally, the 3-in-1 design makes the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O ideal for refurbishment of older machinery, which typically have space limitations, especially when a variety of machines have already been installed.
A major threat thwarted by the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O is damage from power surges. Devices installed in industrial environments experience a high risk of surge due to electromagnetic pulses produced from motors switching on and off. The NPort IAW5000A-6I/O Series offers 4 kV surge protection for serial lines to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes and to damp out electrical noise.
- Link any RS-232/422/485 serial or Ethernet device to an Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n network
- Serial device server with Virtual COM-port or TCP/UDP access
- Integrated digital I/O: 4 in and 2 out
- Redundant dual DC power inputs and support for relay output
- 4 kV serial surge protection
- Secure data access with WPA2 encryption with RADIUS authentication
- microSD card slot for configuration backup
- Wireless Client/Bridge function for integration.
To learn more, please visit: www.moxa.com/nport-io.