SICK launches Monitoring Box, said to be a window to better machine performance12 January 2022

SICK has launched The Monitoring Box, a simple system that enables plug-and-play condition monitoring and preventative maintenance of sensors, machines, processes and plants.

The SICK Monitoring Box can be adapted for diverse individual operating requirements to provide live status feedback and historical analysis, supporting more effective maintenance and optimised efficiency.

With the SICK Monitoring Box, all kinds of industrial operations from manufacturing and logistics to ports, transport systems or waste management facilities, can begin to digitalise their processes on the road to Industry 4.0, according to the company. Enabled by pre-configured apps on a wide range of SICK sensors, the Monitoring Box provides monitoring through a browser-based dashboard for desktop or mobile devices. Device data is processed via IoT gateways to enable local data storage on a customer premises or via secure connection to the SICK cloud.

Neil Sandhu, SICK UK product manager for measurement and systems, said that information such as operating hours, wear, temperature, energy usage or level of contamination could be tracked.

To get started, a SICK service employee installs and activates the gateway, your devices are connected and data transmission begins. If preferred, customers can then choose to hand over their entire device monitoring to SICK service, not only of SICK sensors, but also of third-party devices where appropriate.

Users log in to view devices at a glance with the AssetBrowser; search by device status using the AssetFilter; view incidents and graphical representations to identify historical patterns and trends. The Data Explorer and Event Log allow review of a record of alarms and notifications. Email alerts can be set up to notify operators when values go under or over pre-determined limits, enabling a more speedy response to maintenance and servicing needs.

With pre-defined monitoring SensorApps, additional sensors can be integrated into the SICK Monitoring Box without any programming knowledge, according to the company, and operating and process parameters can be visualised.

The SICK Monitoring Box offers system architecture, data security and password-protected access rights. SICK provides the corresponding IoT gateways for network-capable sensors and machines to ensure encrypted transmission of data, either to on-premises data storage, or off-premises on a secure server hosted by SICK in Germany. For customers choosing the SICK cloud solution, an encrypted connection between the SICK TDC-E gateway and SICK cloud is made via https. This secure connection is audited according to IEC 62443-4-2 (SL2).

William Dalrymple

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