New solutions for edge computing enable optimal data use in the field.
Edge computing, as part of Industry 4.0 concepts, is a way of combining the advantages of decentralized cloud architectures with those of a local network architecture. Edge devices can relieve controllers that require short latency times and high deterministics from the task of data mining. The collected data can be evaluated directly, displayed graphically and made available to the cloud. WAGO is now introducing two new edge devices that are ideally suited for this: the edge controller and the edge computer.
The new Edge Controller (752-8303 / 8000-0002) works with an ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and has a wide range of interfaces. This includes two ETHERNET, one CANopen and two USB interfaces. A serial interface and four digital inputs / outputs are used to connect local devices or sensors. The Edge Controller is configured in the familiar e! COCKPIT environment and is therefore seamlessly integrated into the product environment of WAGO’s automation solutions.
The new Edge computers (752-9400 and 752-9401) each work with a quad-core Atom processor with 1.91 GHz and are equipped with a standard Debian Linux®. The existing 64 GB flash memory can be expanded for very large amounts of data by installing an SSD disk. Since the Edge computers manage without a fan despite the extended temperature range from -20 ° C to +60 ° C, they are very compact and can be easily integrated. Standard software such as Node-Red can be used on all edge devices. They communicate with all common protocols both on the factory floor and in the direction of the cloud.