RS introduces IP54 plug-and-play IIoT development kit from HARTING

RS Components (RS) has launched an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) development kit for the HARTING Modular Industry Computing Architecture (MICA) edge computer.

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.