Crouzet Automation has launched the em4, a nano-PLC that is able to communicate as part of the Internet of Things. The em4 constitutes a growth platform for OEMs and integrators who are looking for an easy way to move their application into the digital era. It also provides a ready-to-use infrastructure along with an ecosystem of online tools and services, creating new added value for their customers.
Developed for customers specializing in small machine-to-machine technology looking for a means for connectivity of their installations, the em4 nano-PLC provides an integrated solution for integrators and OEMs (industry, infrastructure and buildings) that allows them to connect their devices via the internet on demand, without adding additional modules. The nano-PLC can be fully remotely controlled and allows customers easy expansion with cost-effective models, making it suited for a variety of markets including water treatment, access control, building equipment, and small industrial machines.
Crouzet Automation has created three versions of the em4 and has also rolled out the em4 lab, an environment similar to a “toolbox” that includes all tools, services and partners. It allows customers to reinvent their applications and thus generate new business opportunities.
The em4 series is comprised of the em4 remote, em4 alert which is capable of sending SMS or email alerts, and em4 local, which is designed for applications that do not require remote communication or require only a local area network
The em4 remote features the major advantage of being connected to the internet, thus offering programming, monitoring and control, and data logging functions that allow remote management of an application, a single machine or a fleet of machines. This is where Crouzet Automation’s product differs from other solutions on the market: em4 is part of the Internet of Things, and opens up a world of communication capabilities to all customers, even those without experience in managing network infrastructure or complex automation systems.
In terms of data exchange, em4 remote has no embedded web server, but operates on a machine-to-machine connection. This is essentially an exchange of raw data between the controller and the dedicated server. Communication is therefore optimized and the server’s memory space is prioritized over the em4′s embedded memory. Like its built-in communication capabilities, the em4 remote offers a complete solution including the nano-PLC, SIM card, data exchanges and remote access web and mobile platforms named em4 web and em4 app.
Consistently, em4 lab meets the needs of both OEMs and their customers who wish to manage several machines as a fleet through a number of tools such as: the em4 soft, the most intuitive software on the market and compatible with the Millenium 3 software, offering the ability to program all communication directly in a unique software solution, simply and in graphic form; or the em4 web, to manage users, devices, data and applications remotely.
The machines are then accessible at a single point on the server, in order to simplify the compilation of data. The “on-demand” server connection can also be used to locate a faulty installation. It is equally possible to benefit from geo-location. All this plus numerous possibilities for managing events, datalog or alarms.