NEXCOM Brings IoT to Manufacturing
The IoT (Internet of Things) can be integrated into digital manufacturing through the introduction of the NIFE 100 series, which is a PC-based controller made by NEXCOM, www.nexcom.com.
Advanced manufacturing requires integration of multiple control tasks, high volumes of data processing, and cross-protocol communication. Supporting the single-core Intel Atom processor E3815 and dual-core Intel Atom processor E3826, NIFE 100 series can perform a wide variety of tasks ranging from aggregating field data and performing endpoint data analytics to controlling field devices.
NIFE100 is a new addition to the NIFE (NEXCOM Industrial Fieldbus Embedded) family. NIFE 100 series supports the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family and integrates fieldbus technologies to consolidate computing, communication, and control capabilities onto one platform.
To enable cross-protocol communication, controller NIFE 100 series supports seven fieldbus protocols, including PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, EtherCAT, CANopen, and Modbus. An Internet connection is also available. As a result, the NIFE 100 series can integrate PLCs (programmable logic controllers), remote I/Os (input/outputs), and legacy field devices using different protocols and across different control subsystems. It can also take field data to the cloud to enable big-data analytics.
By building Automation-of Things, the NIFE 100 series can transform factories with a simplified control scheme, simplified control network architecture, and reduced maintenance efforts.
For use in industrial environments, NIFE 100 series is designed to operate under tough factory conditions. To mitigate the effects of voltage fluctuation and electrical noises, the NIFE 100 series provides isolation protection on COM ports by default and optional power isolation as well. The built-in 128KB of NVRAM can ensure the data is saved in case of sudden power outage. In addition, CFast and a SSD protect data from mechanical vibration. Moreover, the NIFE 100 series can withstand wide temperatures ranging from -20℃ to 70℃ and be bolted on a DIN rail or factory wall. The NEXCOM NIFE 100 series provides a quick and secure solution to implementing Automation of Things for smart and digital manufacturing.
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