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Bluetooth connectivity brings IIoT to machine control

Technews Industry Guide - Industrial Internet of Things 2016 Industrial Wireless

The Electronic Controls Division of Parker Hannifin has announced a new connectivity solution to augment its IQAN controller range for mobile applications.

The IQAN-G11 is a Bluetooth device that is connected to the machine CAN bus. IQAN-G11 allows the operator or service technician to access machine parameters using a smartphone or tablet with dedicated IQAN apps like IQANsync and IQANrun. With IQANsync the operator can update machine application and get logs from the machine. The IQANsync app can also work as a gateway to the cloud service, IQANconnect, making the machine available for service technicians in remote locations. The IQANrun app is a tablet version of the current PC based service tool, now in a more portable format.

This new device adds connectivity that will revolutionise remote support. The use of a smart phone in combination with the IQAN-G11 gives both operators and service technicians a powerful and cost-efficient diagnostic tool that can help maximise machine productivity.

As an alternative to existing modem-based solutions, the IQAN-G11 allows the use of the latest smartphone and tablet technology to be utilised as connectivity solutions in machine control. With this solution, it is now possible to dinterface Bluetooth-capable devices directly to the CAN bus using the dedicated IQAN apps.

Most day-to-day usage such as downloading logs and productivity data are performed free-of-charge via Bluetooth. When a remote connection is needed, the IQANsync app facilitates a smartphone-to-cloud connection, which allows a remote service team to ‘tap into’ the CAN bus via the IQANconnect cloud service. IQANconnect uses pre-paid connection tokens thereby avoiding expensive monthly connection charges.

Housed in a rugged black plastic case, the IQAN-G11 is designed for easy mounting either in-cab or outside. It incorporates a robust 4-pin Deutsch connector and a status indication LED for easy, at-a-glance confirmation of operational status.

Commenting on the new solution, Johan Liden, product manager IQAN Electronics at Parker Hannifin, said “I am very pleased to see this latest addition to our product line be released to the market. It is important for our customers to be able maximise machine uptime and the IQAN-G11 allows them to do exactly that. It also offers significant cost and time savings as it facilitates remote support via smartphone technology with a convenience that was just not previously available.”

For more information contact Lisa de Beer, Parker Hannifin (Africa), +27 (0)11 961 0700, lisa.debeer@parker.com, www.parker.com/za


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