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Enabling New Possibilities for Preventive Maintenance (cont.)

By Marty Huff


Machine maintenance a third party solution

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The Remote Client: The Destination Of The Information

For purposes of this article, the "remote client" is defined as hardware or software that receives the data. Clients can be cell phones, database software applications, Web browsers (e.g., Chrome, Internet Explorer or Netscape), email clients (e.g., MS Outlook and smart messaging (SMS) devices (e.g., iPhone, Droid, the BlackBerry), among others.


M2M Software Applications: Communications, Web Access and User Interface


web enable solution

A-Studio from Advantech is a fully-customizable M2M programming-suite featuring user interface and communication tools. It offers built-in device drivers and Web accessibility.

Third party applications or custom software programs are used to facilitate machine-to-machine communications, provide an operator interface, and provide Web browser access and Internet presence. One such program is Advantech Studio (A-Studio) provides all of the necessary tools to communicate with the device, Web-enable the application, and deliver data securely to all levels of the enterprise. A-Studio provides a user friendly "drag and drop" programming environment. Microsoft's .NET platform also provides the tools necessary to program a custom M2M application for both embedded and non-embedded platforms.


 Increasingly, we see devices sharing data and nowhere is the potential for productivity gains a great as in machine maintenance applications. M2M systems ensure you rely on timely, accurate, shared information rather than opinion and assumption as a method of reducing downtime and extending the life of machines.


M2M Components

There are basically four components in an M2M system: 1) the intelligent device (machine or appliance) where the data originates, 2) the gateway that extracts and translates data, 3) the network which serves the data and 4) the remote client which ultimately receives the data. M2M software applications are optional but can facilitate communications, enable Web access and provide the user interface.


Please See the following pages to continue with this Preventive Maintenance Technology Article...


The Intelligent Device: Where The Data Originates


The Gateway: Translates and Passes The Data To The Network


The Network: The Connectivity That Serves Data To The Remote Client


The Remote Client: The Destination Of The Information

Marty Huff  - msi tec, inc. 

About the author: marty huff is an it professional with msi tec and can be reached directly at 720-875-9835 or by email at Msi tec is a provider of intelligent machine control components and systems, and the value adding engineering resources for the successful identification and implementation of their use.

Marty is responsible for m2m systems design, programming and installation and is available for dedicated training programs and seminars on the subject of m2m.

Don fitchett, Business Industrial Network, contributor to this article.


See Also  

DeviceNet Certificate course

OPC for DCS - SCADA Certificate Course