B+B SmartWorx & Ignition Onboard offer pocket-sized industrial PC

March 29, 2018
Pocket Smart Factory Edge Gateway with Ignition Edge preinstalled.

B+B SmartWorx powered by Advantech has partnered with Inductive Automation in its creation of the Ignition Onboard Program, which sees B+B SmartWorx embedding Ignition Edge software in various devices.

Specifically, B+B SmartWorx will soon offer a pocket-size UNO Industrial Computer with Ignition Edge Onboard. This is a Smart Factory Gateway with Ignition Edge MQTT preinstalled making it an ultra-compact solution for data collection at the network edge.

The upcoming UNO model, C-UNO2271-W10EDG-1, is fan-less and ruggedized for industrial- and mission-critical applications, according to its maker. When running Ignition Edge MQTT, the UNO is equipped with OPC-UA, Modbus, Siemens and Allen Bradley suite of drivers, supporting up to 500 tags. Data is seamlessly integrated with Ignition by the MQTT Engine by Cirrus Link Solutions, using the Spark Plug MQTT standard. The UNO can be used in combination with B+B SmartWorx sensor nodes to add sensor data. 

“Here at B+B Smartworx, we know users may be struggling with getting the data they need, when they need it,” said Jerry O’Gorman, B+B SmartWorx president and CEO. “To help solve these issues for our customers and offer real value, we continue to partner with innovative vendors, such as Inductive Automation, to make data connectivity easier and more efficient to adopt when utilizing our industrial, intelligent devices.”

“It's fantastic that B+B SmartWorx can bring their decades-long expertise of interfacing legacy and brownfield devices into the IIoT arena,” added Arlen Nipper, co-inventor of MQTT. “With Ignition Edge running on UNO, customers will get a fast-track entry into better SCADA/operational solutions, while also laying the groundwork for future IIoT enablement. The UNO—in combination with MQTT technology on B+B SmartWorx lines of Wzzard, WISE, ADAM, SmartFlex and Industrial Ethernet Switches—produces a superior operational technology (OT) solution, while also providing the on-ramp to a superior IIoT infrastructure.”

“Device manufacturers have joined Ignition Onboard in response to their customers’ demands for an all-in-one solution that contains hardware and software at a reasonable price,” said Don Pearson, chief strategy officer for Inductive Automation. “These are companies that understand the importance of building a strong IIoT, and we’re very happy to be collaborating with them.”

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