Secure Networking with Cloud Connectivity

It’s all about data: In the past, technical data from the field made it through to the control levels at best – yet now things have changed. Thanks to modern information technology, the most important information from production is no longer restricted to the classical automation pyramid, but is now available at any time and place. However, the technical conditions must be right for this. The WAGO PFC Controllers and Control Panels are equipped with cloud connectivity and transfer data to the WAGO Cloud, or to any other MQTT broker.

The Benefits for You:

  • Direct connection from the field level up to the cloud
  • Expansion of existing systems with our PFC Controllers and control panels as an IoT gateway
  • Distributed data acquisition and visualization from anywhere
  • Connection to Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, IBM Cloud SAP Cloud or other MQTT brokers via standardized MQTT protocol
  • High level of security thanks to TLS encryption
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  • Multi-Cloud Connectivity

Cloud Connectivity

Whether you use the WAGO controller as an edge device and pre-process the data – i.e., edge computing – or the controllers send the data directly: With WAGO controllers always have you covered. Cloud connectivity lets you bring your “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) project to life. Use MQTT with Publish/Subscribe (Pub/Sub) for the local data exchange between the controllers and for the connection between the controllers and a SCADA system, a large variety of cloud providers, WAGO Cloud or IoT solutions – whether in the cloud or “on-premises” (locally hosted). With the WAGO controllers’ large variety of interfaces, it’s easy to link even other manufacturers’ devices to the cloud by using the WAGO controllers as an IoT gateway.

Multi-Cloud Connectivity

Additionally, multi-cloud connectivity allows different tasks to be implemented in a cloud application. For example, device management is possible within WAGO Cloud, while specific tasks are implemented in another cloud-based solution, e.g., IBM Watson, Amazon Web Services (AWS) or another specialized IoT platform. Data can also be split up, allowing critical data to go to a local MQTT broker and less critical data to a cloud. Configuration is performed via the device’s Web-Based Management (WBM) and programming is done in WAGO’s e!COCKPIT engineering software.

Numerous Protocols and a Simple Solution for Everything

At Patterson-UTI, engineers needed the various systems of their land-based drilling rigs to communicate with one another, while also keeping them isolated. This created quite a challenge.
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Added Value for Your Company

Recording, digitizing and linking data profitably – these are the core ideas of Industry 4.0. As the interface between automation and information technology, cloud connectivity meets this challenge. Installed on the PFC Controllers and control panels, machine data can be transferred via MQTT to nearly any cloud, for example, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, IBM Cloud, SAP Cloud and, last but not least, WAGO Cloud, where the information can be aggregated and used for analysis. This capability creates true added value for your company – whether for increasing the efficiency of in-house production, implementing energy management or developing additional end-customer services.

Full Control at All Times

The cloud connection data configuration is customized via the WAGO Controllers’ Web-Based Management. Furthermore, with the corresponding IEC library from e!COCKPIT, you determine what information should be transferred to the cloud and what information should be exclusively processed locally on the controllers. This allows you to maintain complete control of your data at all times. Controller information, such as run/stop, connection status and device information can also be transferred to a cloud solution with cloud connectivity or distributed via MQTT broker. Cloud connectivity has been a standard feature of the PFC Controllers since firmware version 11; the required library has been included in e!COCKPIT since version V1.4. With firmware version V12 and higher, WAGO’s Touch Panels 600 supply the connection; from version V1.5 on, e!COCKPIT contains the required libraries.

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