HMS Industrial Networks' new edge gateway

Aug. 20, 2018
Enables native support for the OSIsoft PI System.

HMS Industrial Networks introduced an edge gateway with native support for the OSIsoft PI System. The solution offers companies leveraging the PI System a new path to access critical data produced by their manufacturing systems.   

Exposing the “Dark Data” that companies routinely miss, according to HMS, is the first logical step in a corporate digital-transformation effort. This solution aims to eliminate the barriers associated with extracting data from legacy machines and capturing data from remote facilities. The solution is built on HMS’s edge-gateway solution: the eWON Flexy.

“The Flexy to OSIsoft PI System connector allows manufactures to take another step toward full digitization of the factory floor," says Kevin Knake, executive vice president at HMS. "Enabling more efficient production and ultimately a more competitive production facility.”

The Flexy edge gateway simplifies the process of extracting real-time data from machines using serial and Ethernet communications protocols by offering I/O drivers for popular PLC manufacturers including Siemens, Allen Bradly, Mitsubishi, ABB and others, according to its maker. There is no software-development effort required to access the data. The Flexy solution offers full support for secure access to remote locations including user-access control, over-the-air software updates, and fully encrypted communications. Remote locations with no internet access are connected leveraging the Flexy 3G or 4G cellular backhaul options.

“Dark data is a significant problem, particularly for utilities or manufacturers with operations that span decades and geographies,” says Timothy Johnson, senior director, partners and resellers at OSIsoft. “We’re excited about working with HMS to help solve this problem and pave the way for manufacturers to extend the life of their assets.”

HMS will demonstrate this system at OSIsoft Super Regional Event in Washington D.C. on August 21-22. To learn more, contact [email protected]

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