Rexroth has announced IoT Gateway software V2 aimed to provide users with new connectivity possibilities. The new hardware allows for an adjustable and scalable concept for one or more machines and can be used for existing machines as well as directly at the OEM. In order to evaluate status and processes more completely, the user has the option of connecting additional sensors, third-party controls and higher-level IT systems. Another new feature is the Device Portal, a joint development by Rexroth and Bosch Connected Industry for centralized management of distributed infrastructures.
The goal of IoT Gateway, according to Rexroth, is bringing companies closer to the strategic goal of networking all relevant machines and systems and making processes for evaluation and continuous improvement visible. OEMs and end-users require quick, workable connectivity solutions for both new machines and retrofit solutions. The IoT Gateway V2 enables both parties to network new and existing machines in just a few steps, according to its maker.
For access to production and machine data, the web-based configurable tool can be connected to a variety of sensors, servers and controls using the configurable device apps. The compact and robust multi-sensor CISS from Bosch, OPC UA predecessors OPC DA and other third-party control systems including Beckhoff CX and Allen Bradley/Rockwell ControlLogix are now also supported. Forwarding data for the purpose of analysis and evaluation is carried out by processing apps that, in addition to diverse cloud services, also support MES systems and offer a Generic REST service.
The IoT Gateway software runs on the Linux based PR21 IPC and soon will be available on higher-powered industrial PCs , especially the new IPC generation PR, based on Linux with WiFi, USB and local HDMI interface.
Another new feature is the Device Portal developed in cooperation with Bosch Connected Industry, which enables OEMs, service providers and end-users to remotely manage IoT Gateway instances. It is also possible to integrate it into existing management systems.