Edge computing System—MICA—integrates wireless sensors
New computing system from HARTING and Arrow Electronics provides wireless functionality.
December 4, 2017
by Canadian Packaging Staff
MONTREAL—HARTING Technology Group‘s compact yet powerful edge computing system MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) now offers wireless functionality.
HARTING HAS teamed with Arrow Electronics, a member of the MICA.network, to develop the MICA Wireless Sensor Networks solution that adds wireless communications to the machine-monitoring system. The two companies unveiled this MICA enhancement at last week’s SPS IPC Drives trade show in Nuremberg, Germany.
Arrow developed the MICA wireless module that communicates with sensors through various wireless protocols. With the additional module, HARTING MICA is now able to capture and process data through SmartMESH IP (DUST), Bluetooth Low Energy and a XBee slot, regardless of the existing machine controls.
These transmission protocols have been selected to provide a variety of ways for wireless sensors to connect with HARTING MICA, either directly or through sensor nodes. The combination of wireless sensors and MICA allows simple and cost-efficient monitoring of existing machinery (condition monitoring). Data such as operating times, temperatures and numerous ambient parameters can be determined and monitored without a need to invest in cables, network or expensive industrial sensors.
The MICA.network is helping to connect specialized partners in order to implement IIoT projects (Industrial Internet of Things) quickly and easily.
MICA is a modular, open edge computing system that can be easily adapted to individual requirements in manufacturing companies. MICA also supports traditional industrial interfaces such as Profinet, Ethernet IP, Ethercat, Modbus, energy monitoring solutions, analysis and RFID.
The family-owned HARTING Technology Group is based in Germany, and employs more than 4,300 people globally with subsidiaries and branch offices in 40 countries. With production facilities in Europe, Asia, Mexico and the U.S., the HARTING portfolio of connectivity solutions focuses on multiple levels, from the machine to the device and into the communication infrastructure. The U.S. facility in Elgin, Illinois is one of three HARTING locations that manufactures the HIS product line (HARTING Integrated Solutions – backplanes) and custom cable assemblies. The company’s core business is intelligent and high-performance connection technology. HARTING works in almost all industrial markets with a focus on requirements for robust, reliable connectivity solutions. More company information available at www.harting.ca.