Networking is the glue that holds many control systems together. It is the road over which we can best take advantage of the capabilities of modern-day control systems. Today, we can get any information you want from wherever it is to wherever you want it. We use a variety of technologies to develop these solutions.
- IIoT Gateways & Data Collection
- Ethernet switches
- Managed and unmanaged
- Wired and wireless
- Remote secure routers
- Network adapters
- Protocol convertors
- Media convertors
- I/O devices
IIoT Gateways & Data Collection
Where PLCs excel at making decisions based on sensors and data, IIoT Gateways excel at aggregating sensor data and passing it on to other sources (i.e. computers, databases, SCADA systems, the Cloud, cellphones, etc.), with various methods (i.e. Modbus, MQTT, Ethernet TCP/IP, JSON, etc.). The gateways may even have some logic capabilities, but are generally not designed for high-speed machine or process control like PLCs are. Other products specialize in collecting data as modern flavors of the more traditional data loggers. Modern data collectors have modern capabilities that, especially when combined with the functionalities of the gateways, make collecting data from existing systems, passing it on, and even creating alarms based on conditions, much easier than re-programming the existing controls.
See how easy it can be to start collecting data using Advantech’s wireless sensor nodes and SmartSwarm IIoT gateway
Managed Ethernet Switches
Advantech's managed Ethernet switches allow users to expand their industrial network quickly and efficiently, while their rugged industrial-grade design assures reliability and stability. Our managed Ethernet switches provide fast Ethernet and gigabit combo ports as well as numerous network protocols, such as SNMP, PROFINET, and Ethernet/IP, thus assisting in achieving critical communication interoperability for industrial IoT applications. Moreover, Advantech’s managed Ethernet switches utilize X-Ring technology to minimize system downtime, offering less than 20 ms recovery times to further ensure network reliability and transmission speed, making them the ideal solution for various network deployments.
Unmanaged Ethernet Switches
With no setup required, Advantech’s unmanaged Ethernet switches are truly plug-and-play. These unmanaged Ethernet switches are designed for use in demanding industrial environments, offering unmatched performance, reliability, and value. All ports are equipped with memory buffers and the store-and-forward mechanism to assure that data can be safely transmitted. Models of unmanaged Ethernet switches are available in standard 10/100Mbps and gigabit 10/100/1000Mbps speeds, with both copper wire and fiber optic connections. As for system safety and stableness, we strengthen our unmanaged Ethernet switches with power polarity reverse protection and overload current resettable fuse functionality to give users a seamless and stable connection experience.
Remote Secure Routers
MB Connect Line Routers are specifically designed for industrial use and take up little space on a DIN. They enable a secure and reliable VPN connection between you and your machine. This means your machine can be anywhere in the world and so can you!
Access to the Internet is made through your corporate network’s Port 80 (WAN) or through an integrated modem (WiFi, analog, 2G, 3G, or 4G). On the LAN side you may access PLC’s, HMI, WEB cams, etc. through MB’s own secure portal account (mbCONNECT24V2). You choose who sees components in the field and who has access – full client control is at your finger-tips. MB Connect Line offers a centralized system for universal access to control systems, panels, drives and controllers from different manufacturers. Have a favorite technician at a manufacturer? Allow them access to do the work for you securely.
Models include mbNET, mbNET.mini, mbSPIDER and NETFIX (for plant network segmentation) – all affordable and industrial grade.
Advantech Network Mezzanine Card (NMC) series provides high speed I/O and hardware acceleration in x86-based network appliances. Featuring multiple modules, SFP interfaces, and Intel Ethernet controllers, NMC offer I/O expansions to meet mission-critical needs.
Advantech extended their protocol gateway product line with the introduction of two new EKI-1221IEIMB & EKI-1221PNMB Protocol Gateway Series for protocol conversion. These new protocol gateway devices support protocol conversion from Modbus TCP to EtherNet/IP, and Modbus TCP to PROFINET. They provide a cost-effective solution and enable seamless connection between different devices with different protocols, and also provide a high level of device management efficiency.
Advantech's Industrial Ethernet Media Converters are compact and robust devices designed to convert Gigabit Ethernet or Fast Ethernet networks into Gigabit or Ethernet fiber optic networks by transparently converting digital electric Ethernet signals to optical signals. Our Media Converters are also designed to provide internal jumpers for Link Fault Pass-through (LFP) setting. With sophisticated industrial technology, Advantech ensures the reliability of Ethernet media converters for any gigabit Ethernet and fast Ethernet solutions, ideal for fiber-to-building applications at central offices or local sites.
Remote I/O & Wireless Sensing Modules
For more than 20 years, Advantech offers versatile Remote I/O & Wireless Sensing Modules to the market. The recent launched Ethernet I/O and Wireless I/O which are broadly used in IoT or other industrial applications, such as facility monitoring, environment monitoring, and industrial process control. Advantech distributed remote I/O modules are categorized into two families, Ethernet I/O (ADAM-6000 series) and RS-485 I/O (ADAM-4000 series), which are subdivided into Analog I/O and Digital I/O modules. Some of them support Modbus RTU communication protocol.
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