Plug and play IoT kit monitors machine condition
26 November 2018
The MICA CISS Industrial IoT Kit, developed in cooperation with Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions and Harting Technology Group, is an IoT solution that is operational within a day and supplies initial data immediately. The kit comprises a CISS (Connected Industrial Sensor Solution) multi-sensor unit by Bosch and the MICA Edge Computing System by Harting.
Digital condition monitoring using physical measurements such as temperature and vibration is an efficient means of permanently monitoring and improving the system availability of machinery and plant. It enables changes in machine behaviour to be identified and the appropriate action taken. However, selecting, installing and integrating suitable components in existing infrastructure can sometimes be very costly, as production plants turn to trained IT specialists for support.
Only a few steps are necessary to start the application. The small CISS sensor unit can be attached to any surface (IP54) and detects up to eight physical factors, including temperature, humidity, vibration, change of position, pressure, light, magnetic field and acoustics. The robust MICA mini-computer can also be installed alongside the machine (IP67) without the need for a control cabinet. MICA is connected to the sensor unit and the local network via industry standard connectors. Immediately after start up, the sensor data is provided in MQTT format and displayed in the web browser, via the integrated Node-RED dashboard.
Data can be analysed and stored in any IT systems or IoT platforms and a connector for Microsoft Azure Cloud is pre-installed. Local data storage is also possible as MICA can be supplemented with various database software to meet the specific requirements.