Measurement systems which are directly integrated in the production line are real all-rounders. They carry out more tasks than mere data acquisition: calculation or filtering of data, fast transmission of production data and direct process regulation are only part of the tasks assigned to the modern measurement technology. This implies high demands regarding the hardware, the electronics, the software and the available interfaces.
Interference-resistant hardware – reducing inaccuracy in measurement
In the production perturbations are a part of everyday life.They can have various origins. Inappropriate measurement technology augments the risk of measuring inaccuracy.
- Electromagnetic: overvoltage, ground loops, short circuits, electromagnetic radiation
- Mechanical: vibration, shock
- Climatic: temperature, humidity/water, dust, oil and lubricants, chemicals
Interference-free Ethernet solutions by ADDI-DATA are especially developed for applications in harsh industrial environments. They are compact, robust and come with various protection circuits.
Intelligent measurement systems have one significant advantage in comparison with simple acquisition modules: They can filter sensor data, execute calculations and convert acquired data into physical values before they are directly provided to the super ordinate control level. This saves external software resources and speeds processes up. Therefore, cycle times are reduced and the production is accelerated.
Ethernet systems of the MSX-E and MSX-Box series include an on-board controller that can process acquired data. PC boards with FPGA components can be programmed with additional functions which would normally use external software. In this case, the gain of time is considerable.
User friendly software
To use the functions of the hardware comfortably there are tools and libraries. These are valuable tools that allow a fast installation in the hardware of an existent production facility. ADDI-DATA provides these tools and adapts them to your needs on request.
For Ethernet solutions of the MSX-E and MSX-Box series Linux was chosen as operating system: It saves license costs and there is no obligation to perform updates.
Wide range of interfaces
For the connection to machines and other actuators of existent processes the measurement technology needs interfaces for the most common field buses like CAN, Profibus etc. For the easy integration of the measurement technology to the corporate network, an Ethernet port is well suited. This allows a data transfer to super ordinate systems like PLC, control systems and PLC-programs or MES systems amongst others for controlling or statistic purposes. For improving the efficiency of the processes it is important to consider the data rate of the selected interface. Depending on the application high data volumes must be transferred fastly.
ADDI-DATA Ethernet solutions include interfaces for common protocols. If an interface is not included as a standard it is possible to implement it on request.