Advantech’s E&E M2I SRP provides a seamless edge-to-cloud integration solution for heavy electrical equipment
However, because network connectivity was understandably not a consideration in the design of conventional heavy electrical equipment, upgrading equipment and integrating it with a cloud platform may require many additional software and hardware products. This can subsequently extend the implementation period, largely due to efforts aimed at solving compatibility issues between products made by different manufacturers, and it can also increase the difficulty of future system maintenance and management because of the complexity of the new system architecture.
Advantech’s M2I SRP is a lite equipment networking solution that overcomes these problems. It allows the easy upgrade of power generators in giving them networking capability and requires only an ECU-1152 industrial communication gateway. It also makes integration with a cloud platform seamless with WISE-EdgeLink, which is smart protocol conversion software that comes preinstalled with the unit. Thus, the solution not only simplifies the system architecture but also accelerates the establishment of remote management systems.
- Compact hardware that could be installed in an electromechanical cabinet that has limited space l
- Hardware capable of operating in a wide range of temperatures such as in outdoor livestock environments
- Serial ports for connecting diesel generator controllers and GPS modules
- Support for various wireless communication options in order to meet various connection requirements
- MQTT protocol support for remote monitoring
- Provide a mechanism that ensures data accuracy in the event of a wireless network disconnection, device failure, or other issues
WISE-EdgeLink is intermediary edge-to-cloud software that supports a variety of communication protocols, including Modbus, DNP3, RESTful, MQTT, and IEC 60870-5-104. Thus, it can easily connect to various low-level devices, such as controllers and mainstream PLCs, and high-level IT management systems or cloud platform. In addition to performing protocol conversion, the software also supports transmission restoration. When the signal is lost, the software temporarily stores the data in the ECU-1152’s onboard SD card for upload once communication is restored, thus ensuring that critical data are not lost. In the event of an abnormality with the network, mini-PCIe communication module, or gateway, the software has an automatic debugging mechanism for troubleshooting by redialing, restarting the module, or rebooting the system.
At this time of growing ubiquity in IoT connectivity, equipment networking is the leading solution for implementing smart applications. Heavy electrical equipment used in factories, commercial buildings, hospitals, stores, and other settings are invariably following this trend. Advantech E&E M2I is an application-ready solution integrating both software and hardware. By enabling the easy configuration of required functions, users can complete the equipment networking and remote management in a short time. The new energy and power system solution provider is very satisfied with Advantech’s solution, particularly for its convenience, and th company has decided to introduce the ECU-1152 with built-in WISE-EdgeLink in other power generator sets add value to their products.