Building a Wireless Remote Monitoring and Management System for an Appliance Manufacturer

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 9, 2018 10:45:00 AM

As a leading electrical appliance manufacturer and employer of approximately 100,000 people across 200 countries, this customer is a major exporter of lighting products, water appliances, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, kitchen appliances and refrigeration appliances. Demonstrating their understanding of the dynamics of product development, manufacturing processes and logistics, the management possesses an acute awareness of how much industrial IoT means to the company's success.

Project Intention

The company's management at the compressor manufacturing plant sought to implement a remote monitoring system to accommodate rapid growth in business scale and the number of machines/sensors at the plant. Since there were too many extant machines and sensors to simply rewire and redeploy, an all-wireless remote monitoring management system was the optimal choice. 

Challenges and Requirements

  • The plant owner and staff previously examined each machine in person, which is a considerable cost in time and human resources. A centralized and remote management system was required.
  • Previous attempts at adopting a wired remote monitoring system had required considerable rewiring and deployment, which necessitated a substantial amount of investment and prolonged upgrade schedules. For data acquisition, both serial and wireless interfaces were required to connect the local wireless device server to the network backbone.
  • The project became more complex due to the high number of devices involved, local technical support was required. 

Solution

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The procedure is outlined as follows:

  1. The company manufacturing campus comprises several individual factories, each of which has its own control room for monitoring and managing the status of machines and workflow.
  2. Machines and equipment at each factory are hard connected to sensors that collect data on their condition.
  3. Each sensor is connected to an Advantech EKI-1361 wireless device server via a serial connection, and data are forwarded over the air to the assigned Wi-Fi access point.
  4. The data received by the Wi-Fi access points are then forwarded via Ethernet to a server in the control room.
  5. The factory status and machine condition data are displayed on a dashboard managed by Advantech's WebAccess/SCADA HMI software. Thus, staff no longer needs to manually examine the condition of the machines. This simplifies the task, rendering the more efficient approach of managing the machines from the control room feasible. 

Features, Advantages and Benefits

  • Link any serial device to an IEEE 802.11b/g/n network
  • Supports IEEE 802.11n MIMO 2T2R
  • WLAN transmission rate up to 300 Mbps
  • Supports secure access with WEP, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise
  • Provides COM port redirection, TCP, UDP and pair connection modes
  • Supports up to 921.6 kbps and any baud rate
  • Provides a Web-based configuration and Windows utility 

Why Advantech?

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Advantech provides not only rugged and secure products, but also upgrade-ready integrated solutions and high-quality services. With years of experience and commitment to Industry 4.0 practices, Advantech's iConnectivity team focuses on every detail to provide customers with the optimal solution. 

Product Information

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  • Link any serial device to an IEEE 802.11b/g/n network
  • Support 802.11n MIMO 2T2R
  • WLAN transmission rate up to 300 Mbps
  • Supports secure access with WEP, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA-WPA2-Enterprise
  • Provides COM port redirection, TCP, UDP and pair connection modes
  • Supports up to 921.6 kbps, and any baud rate setting
  • Provides Web-based configuration and Windows utility
  • Allows a maximum of 5 hosts to access one serial port
  • Allows a maximum of 4 hosts to be accessed as TCP client mode

Topics: Industrial Communication

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