Moxa Helps Accelerate IIoT by Incorporating Cloud Connectivity into Servers and Gateways

New features bring serial devices to the cloud.

New features bring serial devices to the cloud.

Image courtesy of Moxa.

Moxa Inc. is helping companies more easily connect their serial devices to cloud systems for IIoT applications by offering Moxa NPort IA(W)5000A-I/O Series wired or wireless serial device servers and MGate 5105-MB-EIP Series protocol gateways with ready-to-run cloud connectivity capabilities.

Moxa's integrated connectivity solutions can collect multiple different field data structures, including serial, I/O, Modbus and EtherNet/IP, transforming IIoT manufacturing operations by uncovering \insights. Powered by the MQTT messaging protocol, data is then transmitted securely to Microsoft Azure or other publicly and privately hosted cloud services, so that companies can analyze it to spur innovation and accelerate their IIoT strategies.

Moxa employed intuitive user interfaces and functions so that engineers can easily tap into the cloud for their IIoT deployments. Initial setup to full implementation can be completed within a few steps for immediate realization of efficiencies and cost savings. In addition, advanced diagnostics tools are supported to assist users in identifying connection issues so that a variety of field devices can easily share data in the cloud while protecting data integrity and network security. 

By working with the Moxa cloud solution, companies will also avoid packet loss resulting from unstable connections. A loss buffer queues incoming data from field devices when connections are unstable and transmits it only when the connection is stabilized. 

Moxa NPort IA5000A-I/O and NPort IAW5000A-I/O serial device servers feature built-in digital I/Os, and provide maximum flexibility when needed to integrate serial equipment in the field with an Ethernet network or cloud platform. A combination of digital I/Os make the device servers well-suited for a variety of industrial data acquisition applications. Both servers collect serial or I/O data for the cloud application. 

The MGate 5105-MB-EIP is an industrial Ethernet gateway for Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP and EtherNet/IP network communications with IIoT applications. To integrate existing Modbus devices onto an EtherNet/IP network, use the MGate 5105-MB-EIP as a Modbus master or slave to collect data and exchange data with EtherNet/IP devices. The MGate 5105-MB-EIP Series collects EtherNet/IP and Modbus RTU/TCP data for the cloud solution.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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