Ethernet receiver unit for WERMA’s WIN wireless monitoring kit
14 October 2015
Machine and workstation monitoring products from WERMA are proving a great success with those operations that are looking to become more 'lean'.
WERMA offers a simple wireless monitoring system for machines, equipment and manual work stations which is quite different from traditional complex monitoring systems. Freedom from complexity has become the catch phrase associated with the system called WIN which stands for 'Wireless Information Network'.
The wireless system is easy to install or even retrofit. Without the need for hard wiring and cabling it is easy to monitor even remote areas.
A signal tower serves as the interface to which is fitted a transmitter unit – plug and play – which then will transmit status changes to a receiver. The status change data from all transmitters is collected safely and stored in SQL.
The new Master/receiver is available as an option to the USB Receiver unit and offers a simple advantage over the traditional receiver.
The traditional USB WIN Master required a host PC for it to operate which isn’t always convenient. If a customer wants to install the software on their Server, this may be physically too remote from the slaves to get a reliable signal. In situations where the number of slaves is high or the site geography makes it impossible to get adequate coverage with one Master, additional Masters can be added but they have always required a PC.
The new Ethernet Master removes this need by connecting directly to the corporate network. It is identified on the network by IP address and can be physically sited anywhere with an Ethernet connection (and a mains socket for power). The software can be run on the server, avoiding the danger of someone unplugging the PC and users would all be connected as Clients.
You can have a mix of USB and Ethernet masters on the network so, for example, you could extend an installation to a machine shop in another building by adding an Ethernet Master and hooking up the new slaves to it.
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