Latest IoT Controller from NEXCOM Boosts Cyber-Physical Convergence for Smart Manufacturing

By CIOReview | Monday, September 21, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Nexcom, a provider of IoT automation solutions, announces its latest PC-based IoT controller solution to accelerate migration of automation system to cyber-physical systems for smart manufacturing. The solution targets large-size machinery and distributed control systems with numerous control nodes.

The PC-based IoT controller solution, NIFE 300, is powered by 6th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The solution’s open architecture features high interoperability to provide a unified infrastructure, communication network and programming tool for factory floors and company offices and agility in manufacturing.

The NIFE 300 eases integration and expansion of nodes with its PC-based open architecture and boosts protocol barrier with real-time industrial Ethernet technology of EtherCAT and fieldbus communication. It addresses the high mix low volume production needs by meeting PLCopen specifications and allows seamless control programming via CODESYS Control RTE and CODESYS SoftMotion tool kit. Libraries of reusable logic and motion functionality can be used for developing control schemes with minimal programming efforts for speedy deployment of SoftPLC and IoT controllers.

The features of NIFE 300 include HMI access via local station and mobile devices, Gigabit Ethernet integration between factory and enterprise networks, front access to all interfaces, fanless design and electromagnetic interference protection for high system reliability.

“Smart manufacturing depicted by the Industry 4.0 underlines the tight coordination between the cyber world and physical manufacturing systems. To spur such coordination, NEXCOM’s latest innovation, the Intel Core-based NIFE 300 solution, provides high level of interoperability for orchestrating factory machinery and production lines and reaching beyond factory networks to enterprise networks. The convergence of two once separated domains can translate into streamlined manufacturing and business processes and shorter lead time.” said Joe Lin, General Manager of NEXCOM's IoT Automation Solutions Business Group.