Data Collection Box in production

Intelligent data acquisition in the Digital Factory Quick and easy data collection – with the compact Data Collection Box

Efficient data acquisition is essential to achieve complete transparency in the production process, so that production can be more sustainable and efficient. The Data Collection Box was developed precisely for this purpose, as it can be used to collect extensive energy and process data without influencing or disrupting ongoing operations. Thanks to the modular and compact design, both greenfield and brownfield applications can be easily implemented with the different versions of the box.

Data analysis in production

Data is the most valuable asset of any digitalized factory Optimization of processes and sustainability thanks to increased transparency

In terms of IIoT and Big Data, factories currently offer a wealth of data that is ripe for acquisition. While measured values, such as temperature, water, pressure conditions, or machine data, were recorded locally and evaluated individually in the past, data is now collected, consolidated, and evaluated holistically. This provides a comprehensive insight into the actual state of machines, systems, and processes in production.

In addition to providing an overview of the resources used, this also allows potential process or quality issues to be identified so that new potential can be unlocked. It is only in this way that a factory can be gradually transformed into a sustainable, CO2-reduced net zero factory with increased overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

This requires a reliable solution for acquiring a wide range of OT data. However, this is particularly difficult with existing systems, because interfaces are often not available or system conversion is associated with the corresponding loss of certification as well as technical risks. This can lead to unplanned downtimes. Furthermore, data acquisition should be fast, cost-effective, and customizable. This creates the conditions for intelligent and real-time-capable data acquisition in the Digital Factory.

Flexible and smart data acquisition Data collection made easy

  • Suitable for every application:
    From ready-made solutions to custom designs that are tailored to your needs

  • Comprehensive and coordinated product portfolio:
    Smart products for the acquisition of process and energy data ensure easy and error-free startup in your production operations

  • Make data available everywhere:
    Optional IIoT framework extension enables unlimited data exchange beyond OT into IT and cloud services

  • From collecting your data to analyzing it:
    With the optional MLnext AI extension, even large volumes of data can be analyzed smartly for more targeted and faster optimizations

The Data Collection Box in detail Powerful components in just one compact box

Interactive image map: The Data Collection Box in detail
PLCnext Technology
Enjoy maximum openness with the PLCnext Technology open control platform. Depending on the type of use, choose between controllers or EPCs to get the performance you need for your application.
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PLCnext Technology
Remote I/Os
The remote I/O systems from Phoenix Contact with IP20 and IP65/IP67 degrees of protection are suitable for all common bus systems and networks. They enable you to capture the required process data directly in the Data Collection Box.
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Remote I/Os
Energy measuring modules
A broad product portfolio is available for measuring energy data, which can also be supplemented with additional modules at a later date.
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Energy measuring modules
Customizable housing
The compact housing allows the Data Collection Box to be mounted on your system or in the ground. Furthermore, you can choose between different housing materials, such as plastic or stainless steel, and select the appropriate option for the relevant environmental conditions.
Power supplies
With their design and high power density, our UNO POWER power supplies are the ideal solution for loads up to 960 W, particularly in compact control boxes.
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Power supplies

Tailored to every application Mastering any challenge with the Data Collection Box

The Data Collection Box can be used in a variety of ways to collect energy and process data in greenfield and brownfield plants. The collected data is mostly stored locally, but with a few minor adjustments it can also be transferred to IT or cloud services such as PROFICLOUD. You can choose between standardized boxes or fully customized versions. Customization is not just limited to the hardware; it also extends to the software.

When selecting the Data Collection Box that is right for you, all you need to do is follow the two steps below.

Step 1: What data do you want to acquire? The right equipment for every data type

Device for energy monitoring
Remote I/O systems
PLCs (controllers) and I/Os
Device for energy monitoring

A comprehensive product portfolio is available for the acquisition of energy data from your machines and systems. This allows you to select the right measuring devices and associated components to meet your requirements. For example, the EMpro energy measuring devices enable you to transfer your data either locally to the network or directly to the cloud. Discover the wide range of options for intelligent data collection, so you can pave the way for sustainable energy management.

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Remote I/O systems

When it comes the acquisition of process data, such as the duration of a particular process in your system, our remote I/O systems are ideal for the Data Collection Box. The focus here is on the Axioline F and SE I/O systems.

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PLCs (controllers) and I/Os

In order to acquire and process the required data in production, appropriate controllers, IPCs, or EPCs, are required in addition to the I/O system. With PLCnext Technology controllers and EPCs, you get a wide variety of different designs. This portfolio is complemented by a wide selection of powerful IPCs.

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Step 2: Which Data Collection Box is the right fit your project? Already preconfigured or does it need to be customized? Choose the right box for your design.

Ready-made Data Collection Box
Custom Data Collection Box
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Various apps for data normalization and data analysis in the PLCnext Store
Ready-made Data Collection Box

Various standardized solutions are available in the form of ready-made versions. They are already tested and ready for use in various applications, and only minor parameterization is required. This enables fast startup of the Data Collection Box.

Furthermore, the boxes are CE certified. Alternative certification, such as UL or CCC, can be implemented on request.

Custom Data Collection Box

If none of the standardized versions fully meets your requirements, the ready-made solutions can be used as the basis for new versions.

Simply choose which modules you want to use for process and energy data collection and for data processing, and which type of housing you need. It is even possible to integrate third-party components.

Custom Data Collection Box with question mark

Even when your requirements and applications are very specific, we will work together with you to develop a completely new Data Collection Box. You can freely select the modules for data processing and for process and energy data collection, plus the housing, as well as all the other parameters. This ensures that the Data Collection Box is ideally suited to your application and needs.

Various apps for data normalization and data analysis in the PLCnext Store

The Data Collection Box is designed for data collection in the OT area. It can also be extended quickly and easily thanks to the PLCnext Technology open control platform. This means that data exchange beyond OT can be implemented by means of the IIoT framework. The framework can be used to reach any IT or cloud system for unlimited data exchange. In addition to the existing OT, IT, and cloud connectors, you can also add your own ones independently.

Furthermore, MLnext provides you with machine learning software that makes it easy to evaluate even large and complex volumes of data using neural networks. Here you can choose between different versions where evaluation is started manually, semi-automatically, or automatically. Appropriate optimizations, e.g., to the processes in your Digital Factory, can be implemented through the use of AI-based algorithms.

Video: The Data Collection Box explained – easy collection of energy data
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Efficient data acquisition in the PLCnext Factory Easy measurement of energy consumption levels

An average of 2.7 million data points are recorded per day in the electronics production at our PLCnext Factory in Bad Pyrmont (Germany). The Data Collection Box is already being used in many positions to help shape resource-efficient production. Our experts discuss the current challenges associated with data collection. You will also discover how a corresponding version of the box can be integrated quickly and easily in practice.