The gap between plant-floor systems and front-office operations is closing at a rapid pace. Data sharing between logistics, accounting, maintenance, production, and other departments provides "big-picture" oversight, which results in better planning, reduced waste, and higher efficiency.
Modern-day PLCs, like the Do-more! BRX, have adapted to the demand for higher-level data exchange. BRX has advanced data logging and communication features, including an embedded Rest API and native MQTT(S) protocols, that allow it to easily take on the role of an edge device - gathering, refining and delivering control system data to upstream IT collection and "BIG DATA" analysis programs, and IoT platforms such as Microsoft Azure® IoT Hub, & IBM Watson® IoT.
Data collection has become an important part of any control system. With quality data, system performance can be improved and inefficiencies eliminated. Ethernet communication and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have opened up industrial data collection to new frontiers with better access and analysis. With the integrated data logging capability and robust communication available with the Do-more! BRX platform, you can not only collect the process/machine data you need and store it locally, but also deliver real-time OT data to upstream IT systems for detailed analysis.
Each BRX CPU includes 1MB of internal RAM data storage with an optional 32GB of external microSD data storage.
Log the values you want, when you want (by event or by time interval) without purchasing anything extra, or use the optional Ethernet communication to send data to external systems for storage and analysis. Now you too can discover new opportunities, which data can deliver, with low-cost BRX PLCs.
Here is just a sample of what data can do for you:
The World Wide Web is full of valuable information that is instantly available for anyone, anytime. Why not put that information to work for you? With BRX PLCs you can! BRX PLCs allow you to communicate with web servers using HTTP and JSON instructions. The data that BRX can pull from these servers can be easily incorporated into your application's control strategy:
- Use the current forecast from your favorite weather site to control the watering cycle for your crops
-Take the sun's azimuth and altitude from a sun tracker site and use it to determine solar collector positioning
-Build you own custom webpage to interface with your remote PLC
With BRX PLCs, the control possibilities really are endless!