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ESP32 Modbus Master TCP

Welcome to the series of configuration instructions for ModBerry and Moduino ESP32 devices. In this class, you will program ESP32 processor to be Modbus TCP Master.

We will use two devices, which contain this processor: Moduino ESP32 and Pycom. Both devices are running in MicroPytthon environment. Our Modbus Slave will be PC computer with Modbus simulator software running on it.

You will need:

  • Moduino ESP32 or Moduino Pycom device (check this website to find out more about Moduino ESP32 device and this to check Pycom device)
  • PC with Linux operating system
  • RS-232/RS-485 port in your computer or USB to RS-232/RS-485 converter

You can read the complete tutorial at Instructables.com:

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New SIM7000G modem for ModBerry / Moduino Industrial IoT devices

TECHBASE’s Industrial IoT devices, ModBerry & Moduino series, now supports latest SIMCom global-band SIM7000G eMTC & NB-IoT Module. New SIM7000G supersedes previous 7000E / 7000A / 7000C versions of modem and provides a universal band set with global coverage, in opposite to Europe, America and China-only solutions.

Our ModBerry / Moduino devices equipped with latest SIM7000G modem are perfect for industrial automation solutions, e.g. data logging, metering, telemetrics, remote monitoring, security and data management through all Industrial IoT applications.

Supported bandwidths:

  • Global-Band LTE CAT-M1:  B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B8/B12/B13/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28/B39;
  • Global-Band LTE CAT NB-IoT1:  B1/B2/B3/B5/B8/B12/B13/B17/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28;
  • GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900Mhz Control Via AT Commands

Supported data transfer:

  • LTE CAT-M1(eMTC) – Uplink up to 375kbps, Downlink up to 300kbps
  • NB-IoT – Uplink up to 66kbps, Downlink up to 34kbps
  • EDGE Class – Uplink up to 236.8Kbps, Downlink up to 236.8Kbps
  • GPRS – Uplink up to 85.6Kbps, Downlink up to 85.6Kbps

Our ModBerry / Moduino devices with global-band SIM7000G are available for testing and developing purposes, due to pending certifications of this module. For more information please contact our sales managers via live chat or contact forms.

Supported ModBerry series

Supported Moduino series

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mBus10mBus 10

Supports up to 10 standard M-Bus receivers

See mBus 10


mBus60mBus 60

Supports up to 60 standard M-Bus receivers

See mBus 60


mBus 200

Supports up to 200 standard M-Bus receivers

See mBus 200


mBus 400

Supports up to 400 standard M-Bus receivers

See mBus 400


x500-plusUniversal controller with M-Bus support

NPE X500 is a series of industrial computers which you can easily adapt to your needs by choosing from the available options.

ARM11 700MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB NAND FLASH, 4xDI, 4xDO, Ethernet, 1-Wire, 2xRS-232/485, 2xAI, PCI-Express, M-bus master. Options: LTE/3G, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

See NPE X500 Plus

Latest version of NPE X500 PLUS now available

The latest version of NPE X500 PLUS is available in our offer! Below is a list of changes in version NPE X500 PLUS v2:

  • Battery powered X500 PLUS
    New! Battery-powered series NPE X500 PLUS. You can power the device with an external battery, which can also work as an emergency power supply in case of power failure from the network. Backup time work depends on the battery capacity.
  • Additional I/O Module
    New! Capabilities of the device NPE X500 PLUS can be further extended with the help of the I/O module. The module allows you to add 8 digital inputs or 8 digital outputs and 4 relay outputs.
  • Optoisolation + high speed
    New! All inputs/outputs are now opto-isolated 2.5 kV. In addition, serial ports RS-232/485 are supported by the latest high-speed module.

Meet the detailed specification of the unit and contact our sales department to get the best price on the market.

ZigBee and MQTT support in iMod

To iMod has been added ZigBee source channel. It allows to read port values and additional sensors and coordinators values (eg. state, active time). Also ZigBee Scanner function has been added, which allows to generate configuration for ZigBee source channel.

Additionally it has been implemented MQTT protocol support.

Meet and order the appropriate device, which allows the use of the latest features.

Industries where smart M2M solutions can help with efficiency

Smart M2M Solutions can be applied through a whole host of industries. Our team at Techbase, have put this series of articles together to highlight some of the industries where Smart M2M solutions can have a direct positive impact.

Energy & Utilities

The energy and utilities sector dominates globally. The energy industry is transforming rapidly due to the inclusion of innovative technologies, varied regulations, changing price models and decentralized power generation.

Smart M2M solutions come in to play to help users and energy companies better manage and track energy consumption through all areas in the “energy cycle”.

Smart Grid

A smart grid is an “intelligent” electricity distribution network that uses smart M2M solutions to enable the automated interaction of intelligent devices to react to critical events or motorize all electricity flowing in the system, helping to improve efficiency and reliability in energy distribution and optimize the allocation of resources and the usage of assets.

Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficiency is becoming a factor in business success, as is planned energy management in the public and private sectors, allowing for reduced energy consumption. Smart M2M solutions can help improve energy efficiency by remotely monitoring and controlling the consumption of powered devices and tracking usage for billing and reporting.

Smart Metering

Automated meter readers (AMR) are an innovative and advanced utility meter that records a business or consumers energy, water or gas usage in real time. Smart M2M solutions enables customer relationship management, demand-side management and value added services, helping to provide a more reliable and sustainable supply.

Renewable Energies: Solar & Wind

Managing solar and wind farms that are sited offshore or on remote locations is a challenge. Smart M2M solutions provide a simple, cost effective solution for retrieving assessment and monitoring data to maximize energy production and reduce the need of other sources by enabling real-time response to output changes caused by changing weather, failure or maintenance issues.

Oil, Gas & Petroleum

In oil, gas and pretoleum industry, production and distribution systems can span hundreds of kilometers and suffer inclement weather. Smart M2M solutions allow to centralizes monitoring and access, helping controllers to communicate with instrumentation at wellheads, pipelines and other remote sites.

Techbase is very proud to be at the forefront of the Smart M2M solutions evolution. If your firm would like to know more about our solutions. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our consultants today!

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Industrial Internet of Things Solutions Are Built, Not Bought

The world is getting more connected each day, there are already more devices talking to each other than people on the planet and this trend will just keep on increasing.

“The industrial Internet of Things solutions will eventually eclipse consumer markets, in terms of both the number of connected devices and the volume and value of connections. But the market’s potential is so large because it’s not just one market.”

We couldn’t agree more. The Industrial Internet of Things solutions is a mega trend, and its economic value add will show that in time. It is not a single market, but rather a market of markets.

Different solutions may require different hardware approaches, networking technologies, cloud data storage, reporting and security requirements. We’ve had to learn the different languages of proprietary machines–becoming ‘machine linguists’ in the process.

To approach this vast “megatrend” landscape requires a versatile toolkit of wireless and embedded technologies and software and integration services, because each customer use case and scenario has its own optimized solution.

In the industrial world, you build an Industrial Internet of Things solutions, you don’t buy one. You might be able to go and buy a wearable at Best Buy or Target, but here in the Industrial Internet of Things solutions there’s no one-size fits all standard today. Furthermore, a lot of new entrants in the supplier space offer one point solution or one point product. They have a single hammer, so everyone’s problem is declared a nail. That’s why their ability to deliver value to customers is limited.

Industrial Internet of Things solutions today are about creating a strategic competitive advantage for your business. If it were easy to do–if you could just buy one off the shelf and implement it–would it be a real advantage? For how long? As early adopters of Internet of Things realize the business benefits of lower costs or the ability to deliver superior customer service, laggards will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage.

As I said before, every industry and solution requires a different combination of technologies and approaches to get the job done. A solution for a city looking to reduce their electricity bill using a smart street lighting system is completely different than a medical device maker who needs to bluetooth-enable products. The same goes for someone deploying precision agriculture equipment, or industrial fuel tanks.

For example, wireless mesh networking technology often powers smart street lighting Industrial Internet of Things solutions, which can reduce electricity costs that can account for a big chunk of a city’s energy expenses. One of our customers’ systems, which gives city crews a view into every light and its status via a web application, helps cities save up to 85 percent on energy costs. And, with reduced CO2 emissions, it also helps to protect the environment.

The Bottom Line: There’s No Panacea or Single Standard today

Our Internet of Things customer solutions span dozens of industries and hundreds of applications– each with different business goals and technology needs. So, yes, we have to agree with Foster. There’s no one Industrial Internet of Things solutions. We wouldn’t hold our breathe either. Industrial Internet of Things solutions for commercial use are created with industry and application specifications in mind, as they should be. As Foster said, “the market’s potential is so large because it’s not just one market.”

If you would like to know more about how Techbase can assist your firm with Industrial Internet of Things solutions or any of our other services. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our consultants today!

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X500 – The new cloud version of our Modberry 500 device

X500 –  Industrial Raspberry Pi in the Cloud 

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Techbase is proud to announce that your ModBerry Device is now cloud complient and ready!

Modberry 500 is the first industrial computer built exclusively on the Raspberry Pi Computer Module. Our Modberry 500 device has really taken the market by storm and is extremely popular within the industrial automation space.

Our mission at Techbase is to continually develop and push the boundaries of what is possible. We are actively working on introducing similar industrial grade devices: Our NPE industrial computer series for example which will be used globally within the industrial automation solutions space for many years to come.

The NPE X500 industrial computer is based on the same platform as our successful ModBerry 500, but offers the client many more possibilities from the onset by using our dedicated iMod software.

Our iMod X500 devices fully support the iModCloud operating system.

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What is the term “The Internet of Things embedded devices” mean?

What is the term “The Internet of Things embedded devices” mean and how did it influence the development of our iModCloud system?

The Internet of things embedded devices is a concept that describes how devices communicate with each other via a computer network, exchanging, processing and collecting data. The network might include devices as well as services which go beyond the communication standard M2M (machine to machine). They operate among multiple domain protocols and applications and use data analysis in order to get useful information. This was the foundation on which we designed and developed our powerful iModCloud system which we will explain in detail below.

The Internet already consists of hundreds of millions devices and soon the number will be much larger than that. Certain groups of connected devices form systems and some form even more complex systems that exchange and analyse data in the Cloud.

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NPE X500 and ModBerry 500 are already available!

Techbase is very happy to announce that we are happy to inform that our NPE X500 and Modberry 500 are already available for purchase.

The NPE X500 is a series of industrial computers that you can easily customise to your required needs.

Benefits of our NPE X500

  • Ready to use Programmable Automation Controller
  • The NPE X500 platform has a variety of features and at the same time is easy to configure. It combines the ease of use of a simple device with the possibilities of an embedded computer.
  • The ARM11 700 MHz ensures high-performance and allows the user to use the NPE X500 for serious projects, e.g. Our SmartGrid control.

Click the following link to find more information about the devices:

NPE X500:

The NPE X500 is a series of industrial computers which you can easily adapt to your particular needs

 

The NPE X500 advantages

 

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Ready-to-use programmable automation controller

 

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The NPE X500 platform has a variety of functionalities and is easy to configure at the same time – it combines ease of use, characteristic of simple devices with the possibilities of embedded computers.

 

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High performance reached with ARM11 700 MHz processor, allows using NPE X500 device for specific application, like smartgrid remote control

 

Hardware resources

Base version

  • Processor ARM11 700 MHz
  • 512MB RAM and 4GB NAND FLASH memory
  • Rich set of I/O interfaces: 4x Digital Input, 4x Digital Output
  • Ethernet communication
  • Economic 1-Wire bus, typically used for reading temperature and humidity sensors

Hardware Add-on Options

  • 2x RS-232/485
  • 4x Configurable Digital I/Os
  • 4x Analog Inputs
  • CAN bus
  • PCI-Express
  • HDMI, Audio Output
  • Aluminum casing

Internal expansion cards

  • LTE/3G/GPRS
  • GPS module
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • ZigBee

NPE X500 can perform the following functions:

Additional features

  • iMod Platform Support. NPE X500 can be upgraded to iMod X500 version. It gives the device a functionality to work in iModCloud Ecosystem.
  • iModCloud EcosystemA combination of a cloud service with a web user interface and special industrial devices that are fully manageable remotely. Core iModCloud Ecosystem elements are iMod controllers and iModCloud service. iMod controllers and iModCloud service together stand as a complete solution.

iModCloud – Dedicated Cloud Service

iModCloud – a dedicated cloud service – allows you to visualize and control parameters of any number of devices via a web browser. Now iModCloud expands to support NPE X500 devices.

With iModCloud you can control all your facilities via any mobile device, register data and share selected information with other users.

If you would like to know more about our powerful solutions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our consultants today!