Smart Machines & Factories
Boost to Industry 4.0
Published:  16 August, 2021
Data acquisition and edge computing for new and retrofit equipment

RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel provider of product and service solutions,has announced it is offering exclusive access to a hands-on workshop entitled ‘Edge Computing and Data Collection for Industrial IoT’.

The workshop will be delivered by a leading IIoT platform vendor Zerynth via RS’ DesignSpark community webpage.

The Zerynth/DesignSpark workshop is designed to teach system integrators, programmers and maintenance staff how to connect both new and legacy industrial machines, apparatus and sensors to IIoT infrastructure, so that production data can be easily extracted for Industry 4.0 applications. The workshop includes 16 video lectures that can be viewed at the participant’s own pace.

Each workshop participant can request up to three free 30-minute one-to-one video calls with a Zerynth engineer to discuss specific questions and requirements.

To qualify for this exclusive IIoT workshop, participants should buy a Zerynth KIT-EWS-01-F016 microcontroller development system from RS, which will be used for the practical elements of the course. This development kit centres on Zerynth’s 4ZeroBox data acquisition unit, which provides a machine-to-cloud interface for legacy and modern industrial equipment. The kit also includes AC and temperature sensors, a reed switch, and an RS485-to-USB interface for PC-based peripheral simulation.

“We designed this workshop to support engineers and companies to easily transition to the Industry 4.0 revolution, acquiring data from industrial machines and optimizing industrial processes” says Daniele Mazzei, chief innovation officer of Zerynth.

4ZeroBox is an industrial IoT device for data acquisition, monitoring, and control of industrial machines. It can run in PLC mode, retrofitting mode for legacy machines, or hybrid mode, and it supports industrial sensor channels, communication protocols, and relays.

The 4ZeroBox is powered by the ZM1 IoT module that features Wifi, BLE, Ethernet, integrated secure element for hardware encryption, and Zerynth OS, powerful Python-enabled OS for IoT applications. It easily improves visibility on production processes, enables predictive maintenance of machines, and allows power management monitoring. The 4ZeroBox modernizes any industrial machinery and equipment allowing companies to drive their Industry 4.0 digital transformation.

Workshop content includes: the Industry 4.0 paradigm; basics of IoT architecture; microcontroller peripherals and basic IoT workflow; features and benefits of 4ZeroBox; digital and analogue data acquisition from industrial machines; edge computing benefits and applications; fundamentals of an IoT cloud service; best practice in applying over-the-air firmware updates; creating realtime data monitoring dashboards; and the system architecture and code components of a complete end-to-end IIoT application.

"RS has been very successful in building up the largest engineering community worldwide reaching one million members through its DesignSpark platform. At Zerynth We see a real value partnering with RS and delivering the first workshop on Industry 4.0 to such a large and professional audience," said Andrea Galizia, director of strategic partnerships at Zerynth.

The Edge Computing and Data Collection for Industrial IoT workshop is available now from RS globally with the purchase of the Zerynth KIT-EWS-01-F016 (219-6059).