Drives and Controls Magazine
Gateway links plants to the IoT, without any programming
Published:  04 January, 2017

New from Bosch Rexroth is a gateway that links new or existing plants to the Internet of Things (IoT) without affecting the automation logic. The Linux-based IoT gateway uses Java apps and open interfaces. Configuration is Web-based, and needs no programming.

The gateway collects sensor and process data and transfers it to higher-level systems such as cloud applications, and systems that monitor machine states and analyse data.

The built-in Java virtual machine runs apps and Rexroth provides some of these apps with the gateway. For example, a “devices” app selects and configures sensors and provides an overview of their data in real time via a Web-based dashboard. A “processing” app prepares sensor and process values and forwards them to IoT services.

The IoT gateway will make it easier to link machines to the Internet of Things

The gateway will be available by itself or as part of a “starter kit” including Bosch Software’s Production Performance Manager software, which merges the collected data in a single visualisation and forwards specified events to defined persons.