Moxa’s ioThinx 4500 Series (45MR) Modules are available with DI/Os, AIs, relays, RTDs, and other I/O types, giving users a wide variety of options to choose from and allowing them to select the I/O combination that best fits their target application. With its unique mechanical design, hardware installation and removal can be done easily without tools, greatly reducing the amount of time required to set up and replace the modules.
Easy Tool-Free Installation and Removal
The ioThinx 4500 Series has a unique mechanical design that reduces the amount of time required for installation and removal. In fact, screwdrivers and other tools are not required for any part of the hardware installation, including mounting the device on a DIN-rail, as well as connecting the wiring for both communication and I/O signal acquisition. Furthermore, no tools are required to remove the ioThinx from a DIN-rail. Removing all of the modules from a DIN-rail is also easy using the latch and release tab.
Deploy Your I/O Data to the Cloud, Quickly and Securely
With more and more field devices being connected to the industrial IoT (Internet of Things), the need to keep all those “things” continuously connected to the Internet has put a premium on network devices that can stay connected, without needing an IT engineer to reboot the devices when they crash unexpectedly. Although data is the most important aspect of any I/O application, before the data can be used, it must be extracted from all sorts of industrial sensors and devices. This is often a cumbersome and time-consuming task, not to mention a drain on engineering resources. Moxa’s ioThinx 4500 Series products are IIoT-ready modular controllers and I/Os that feature programmable language capability, cloud connectivity, high computing power for precision control, and system-wide cybersecurity. ioThinx products are designed to help your IIoT applications deploy I/O data to the cloud, quickly and securely.
Moxa MX-AOPC UA Suite Introduction
The MX-AOPC UA Suite includes MX-AOPC UA Server, Viewer, and Logger, which are all based on the OPC UA (Unified Architecture) standard. OPC UA is the next generation OPC standard (IEC 62541), which provides a cohesive, secure, and reliable framework for accessing real-time and historical data. MX-AOPC UA Server not only inherits Moxa’s patented active monitoring technology, but also supports Modbus protocol for polling data to provide a secure and reliable gateway bridging edge devices to the SCADA system. MX-AOPC UA Viewer is an OPC UA client that allows users to easily view tag values and server statuses. MX-AOPC UA Logger is another handy client for converting and uploading data logs to the central database. With Moxa’s MX-AOPC UA Suite, users can now instantly receive alarms, real-time updates, and save historical data, allowing for both timely risk prevention and solid maintenance response.
Create a Secure Data Connection between OT and IT Systems
Traditionally, it has been difficult for OT and IT engineers to write agent programs to poll the thousands of registers used for shop-floor data. The difficulty stems from the fact that shop-floor data is handled using fieldbus protocols, but the data needs to be written to an IT database. The difficulties are compounded considerably when it comes time to scale up a facility, particularly since the additional load created can put a tremendous strain on systems that rely on legacy data acquisition methods. MX-AOPC UA Suite can be used to collect data from shop-floor registers via a Modbus protocol. The data can then be provided to an OPC UA client, such as a SCADA system, or MX-AOPC UA Logger can be used to write the data to an IT database, all without the need for additional programming effort. As an added benefit, MX-AOPC UA Suite provides security policy options for encryption and certificate exchange to ensure the security of data connections and transmissions.
Efficient Data Acquisition through Push-Type Transmission (report by interval or exception method)
Moxa has pioneered the concept of “active type” OPC software in the automation industry. Our patented MX-AOPC UA Server offers both polling and non-polling architectures alongside the standard OPC UA protocol, giving users the alternative of using push-based communication from Moxa’s devices. With push technology, I/O status is updated to MX-AOPC UA Server only when there is an I/O status change, a pre-configured interval is reached, or when a request is issued by a user. This application of push technology cuts metadata overhead, resulting in faster I/O response times and more accurate data collection than traditional pull-based architectures. With Moxa’s “active technology” advantage, users can now instantly receive alarms and real-time updates, allowing for timely risk response.
Automatic Data Supplement from SD Cards Following Network Failures
One of the benefits of using RTUs is that data can be collected over a network from a central site. In an ideal operation, following a network failure, RTUs should be able to transmit data logs that were collected while the network was offline. Moxa’s MX-AOPC UA Logger makes this not only possible, but easy. MX-AOPC UA Logger provides a standard OPC interface that interacts with MX-AOPC UA Server for real-time data collection. After each network connection, MX-AOPC UA Logger will compare historical data stored on the SD cards located in individual devices with the real-time data it has already stored locally, and then supplement any missing data by requesting that the RTU retransmit the lost data.
On-Demand and On-Schedule Data Supplements as a Complement to Automatic Data Supplements
Automatic data supplements could fail due to unstable network conditions or a failure to access the database. To help avoid these problems, MX-AOPC Logger also supports “on-demand” and “on-schedule” data supplements. “On-demand data supplements” allow users to manually trigger a data supplement at any time, whereas “on-schedule data supplements” allow users to specify a fixed time point for MX-AOPC Logger to automatically execute a data supplement every day.