The HARTING MICA Connected Industrial Sensor Solution (CISS) IIoT kit is, according to RS, a simple plug-and-play system that enables fast digital condition monitoring of multiple sensor inputs from machinery. This is the first plug-and-play IIoT development kit to offer IP54 protection, RS adds, making it suitable for long-term use in factory automation environments as well as for prototyping and evaluation.
The MICA CISS IIoT kit - between the HARTING Technology Group and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions - integrates a Bosch CISS multiple sensor unit with a MICA edge computer. Firing up the software requires only a few simple steps, so sensor data is acquired almost immediately, RS says.
The IP54-rated CISS sensor unit can be attached to any surface and can measure up to 8 physical parameters: temperature; humidity; vibration; change of position; pressure; light; magnetic field; and acoustics. The robust, IP67-rated MICA computer can be installed right next to machinery, without the need for a control cabinet. MICA connects to the sensor unit and local network via industry standard connectors.
Sensor data is displayed in MQTT format via the integrated browser-based Node-Red dashboard. Data can be analysed and stored in any IT system or IoT platform. A Microsoft Azure Cloud gateway is preinstalled and configured using NodeRed.
RS offers several ways to power the MICA CISS IIoT kit, depending on the operating environment. Engineers with access to a benchtop power supply should purchase a simple M8 A-coded power lead; wiring guidelines are included with the development kit. Engineers without benchtop power will need a power-over-Ethernet (PoE) plugtop power supply and an RJ45 Ethernet cable. Factory engineers with a 48V power source should purchase a DC/DC PoE enabled industrial hub.