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By adding Wi-Fi to their machine, this OEM improved safety and productivity

One of our customer's has large stainless steel rolling equipment that use a legacy PLC and drives for basic control functions. They added an HMI for viewing alarm conditions and making adjustments to the parameters in the PLC and drives, but the full machine is quite large and the HMI is only at one end of the system.

The customer needed a way to quickly learn of any alarm conditions that needed attention even if operators were away from the machine.

Industry: Steel Production & Processing
Location: Alabama, USA
Company size: 10-20 people

By adding Wi-Fi to their machine, this OEM improved safety and productivity

The Problem

Operators and maintenance often must walk around the machine to troubleshoot or diagnose issues and adjust the system on the fly as it is running, and requested a way to be online with the equipment while they walked around the machine.

The Solution
This solution provides the customer with an HMI to adjust system parameters and monitor the equipment, plus a wireless access point to receive alerts or connect and diagnose with their mobile device.

The Solution:

Maple Systems 10.1" HMI with optional wifi module

In this application, the HMI was mounted at the end of the machine and connected securely to the plant Ethernet network. Adding the optional wifi module created an access point for the operator's phone or tablet. This enabled operators to log in and remotely view the system right on their phone. They can adjust parameters, clear alarms, or diagnose issues on their phone as they walk around and observe operation of the machine.

The solution provides notifications via email/SMS to operators when an alarm condition occurs and allows the operators to walk away from the machine to do other tasks - but still receive these critical notifications right on their phone/tablet if something needs attention. Operators can walk back to the equipment station or even log in remotely with their phone to respond to the issue.

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Supported Products

Wifi Capable HMIs
Wifi Capable HMIs

When our HMI is coupled with the Wi-Fi Expansion Module, the result is a flexible connectivity solution consolidated into a single package. Sophisticated features include: MQTT, Sparkplug B, WebView, and SQL support.

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Wi-Fi Module
Optional Wifi module

This Wi-Fi Expansion Module adds wifi connectivity capable of providing either a wifi connection or acting as a wifi Hotspot. This low-profile module combines the function of multiple devices into a single package.

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