From the shop floor to the distribution centre, industry is ever more dependent on sharing information quickly. It's the key to increasing productivity, improving quality, controlling inventory, and cutting operating costs.
It's all a question of integration. By ensuring a smooth information flow from the shop floor to the boardroom, industry can maximise business opportunities. It often begins with the need to interface production equipment - including sophisticated monitoring devices - to the corporate network.
Network enabling such industrial equipment has enormous advantages. From barcode scanners to programmable logic controllers (PLCs), there are many devices that require serial connections. Industrial serial to Ethernet conversion allows users to monitor or control equipment from across the corporate network.
Perle technology links industrial automation and monitoring directly into your Ethernet network. Perle device networking readily supports external or embedded solutions, helping add a new level of understanding to your business. And by instantly providing the right information to the desktop, it will help you gain competitive advantage.
Challenge: Transmission of GPS data to on-tractor hardware within packetized parameters.
Solution: Integration of Perle IOLAN STS4 Device Server into Slingshot® for RS232 connectivity to on-board hardware and transmission of GPS data in real-time.
Results: SmarTrax™ hydraulic-assisted steering system enhances high speed tractor operation and reduces product loss during harvest.
Challenge: Connectivity of multiple sensing devices used to collect information on the condition of the sea floor and transmit this data in real-time to the surface via Ethernet.
Solution: Perle IOLAN Device Server which is temperature hardened and can connect multiple devices with different serial interfaces, RS232, RS422 or RS485, to Ethernet.
Results: The launch of the Sub-Bottom Imager™ which gathers and transmits geo-hazard and seafloor data from the ocean floor to the surface for pipeline route assessment.
Challenge: With increased demands for high-speed services and enhanced functionality, SEWD needed to upgrade the existing CAT5 Ethernet network to include fiber optic communications capable of 1GB data rates.
Solution: Install Perle’s Stand-alone Media Converters to bridge the gap between the copper and fiber infrastructures.
Results: A new network architecture that provides high-speed reliability and protection against data loss in-case of fire or flood.
Challenge: A Large US Automobile Manufacturer needs to integrate an existing 100Base-FX door entry security system into a new copper Gigabit network without replacing the door reader devices or compromising security.
Solution: The Perle MCR Media Converter Chassis’ housing C-100-M2LC2 Fast Ethernet Media Converter Modules provides a solution that is much more cost effective than purchasing a new fiber-capable switch.
Results: An optimum solution that saved equipment replacement cost, time and the auto manufacturer was able to eradicate the separate operation of an old Fast Ethernet network.
Challenge: Eliminate multiple access control computers.
Solution: Connecting the card readers over an Ethernet network using a serial device server..
Results: A more secure system and reduced costs through increased efficiencies in employee database management.
Challenge: Remote monitoring and control of 5 oil production platforms.
Solution: A Modbus communications gateway between the RS485 serial network of the Variable Speed Drives and the SCADA Ethernet based network.
Results: By presenting the serial data across the network via the Perle IOLAN SDS4 to the SCADA system, personnel on and offshore are able to monitor and control the output of the pumps.
Challenge: Enable communication between Solaris servers and the process controllers handling robotic equipment.
Solution: Connect process handlers and bar code readers to the stocker management system via Perle SX Serial Cards.
Benefit: Communications systems on line according to the plant start up schedule
Challenge: Record, calculate and transmit raw data in real time to a central point.
Solution: Connect weighing equipment to a central data management system via Perle Serial cards.
Benefit: Multiple weighing stations can be monitored from a central control room for a smoother flow of operation that saves time and money.
Challenge: Choose one serial connectivity product that would work in all sites and applications to route critical data to one central location.
Solution: The Perle IOLAN Terminal Servers provided the required features and reliability.
Benefit: The increase in functionality allowed the supplier to collect more usable data.
Challenge: Implementation of monitoring and control features of a national electrical grid over a new shared telecommunications network
Solution: Perle Terminal Servers provide network connectivity for 60 remotely managed station
Benefit: Integration of advanced user authentication and encryption methods via the IOLAN Terminal Server country-wide
Challenge: Integrate 100's of remotely located production and management systems for up-to-the minute business information
Solution: Because distance from the host server was an issue, RIO Serial Cards and it's remote serial ports provided the perfect solution
Benefit: RIO's flexibility enabled Elonex to locate serial ports throughtout remote locations where needed
Challenge: Connect "classified" security devices to a main server.
Solution: Utilize Perle Serial cards to provide direct to server connectivity.
Benefit: Quality is ensured to provide reliable service to a broad list of customers.
Challenge:Provide transparent COM port access to parking gates
Solution:Perle IOLAN DS1 Terminal Server met all requirements for integration into the new network
Benefit: Continued use of parking gates with confidence, after entirely modernizing the network architecture
Challenge: Transmit RS485 serial data to a central processing system to make accurate and real-time weather data available to air traffic control and pilots.
Solution: Hardwire multiple meterological sensors to the central processing system via Perle SX Serial Cards.
Benefit: All RS485 instrument readings are received reliablyfor automatice processing and visual display.
Challenge: Supply Numerical Control (NC) files to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines on the shop floor of an extensive manufacturing plant.
Solution: Connect the CNC machines to the network via Perle Terminal Servers.
Benefit: Massive costs saving by reducing user intervention on the factory floor.
Challenge: Collect raw data from GPS receivers and transmit corrected data to a remote network communications center where it is converted from IP to serial.
Solution: Network GPS receivers at reference stations via Perle Terminal Servers and use the terminal servers to convert the data from serial to IP and IP to serial.
Benefit: This robust and reliable solution solves data transfer needs and ensure accurate GPS positioning information.
Challenge: Decrease the incidence of human error and increase efficiency on the plant floor without replacing existing hardware or software
Solution: Connect the workstation to multiple CNC machines via Perle's IOLAN SDS4, utilizing the serial tunneling and the software selectable serial interface features
Benefit: One workstation replaces several on the shop floor for cost-effective increased efficiency & accuracy